ELK GROVE, Calif. - Led by Brett Bennett, UC Santa Barbara rebounded from a poor first round to finish in fourth-place at the Sacramento State Invitational at the Valley Hi Country Club. The Gauchos completed the three rounds at 15-over par 879, four shots better than Weber State.
Bennett sandwiched a 4-under par second round with a pair of 1-over par rounds to finish at 2-under for the tournament, tying him with Grand Canyon's Vinne Murphy for third-place.
After Monday's first round, the Gauchos were 16-over par and near the bottom of the pack, but in the second round, they shot an 8-under par 280, the best round of the tournament, to get back in contention. They carded a 7-over par 295 on Tuesday to finish in fourth-place.
Nick Swanson also finished in the top-20 with a 5-over par 221 to tie for 18th place. Matt Moomjian was 7-over and tied for 26th, Brandon Bauman was 13-over par and tied for 42nd. Willy Moffly rounded out UCSB's lineup with at 15-over to finish in 51st.
Grand Canyon and Long Beach State tied for the team title with a 6-over par 270. UC Irvine was third at 7-over followed by the Gauchos, who finished four shots better than Weber State and seven ahead of Southern Utah.
Long Beach's Joe Fryer won individual medalist honors with a 6-under par 210, two shots better than David Kim of UC Irvine and four better than Bennett and Murphy.
UCSB returns to action on later this week when it travels to the Jackrabbit Invitational at the Boulder Creek Country Club in Boulder City, Nev. The tournament will be played Mar. 9-10.