Bauman Falls in 2-Hole Playoff for Big West Individual Medalist Honors, Gauchos Finish Third at 4-Under Par

Brandon Bauman shot an 8-under par 208 and tied for individual medalist honors at the 2018 Big West Championship which concluded on Tuesday. (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Brandon Bauman shot an 8-under par 208 and tied for individual medalist honors at the 2018 Big West Championship which concluded on Tuesday. (Photo by Tony Mastres)

INDUSTRY HILLS, Calif. – Senior Brandon Bauman shot a season-best 8-under par 208 to tie for individual medalist honors before falling to Ryan Han of UC Davis in a 2-hole playoff, helping UC Santa Barbara to a solid third-place finish at the 2018 Big West Golf Championship on Tuesday.

As a team, UCSB was one of four schools that finished below par at the three-day championship played at the Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms. The Gauchos were 4-under par for the tournament, eight shots back of UC Irvine and seven behind UC Davis. Long Beach State finished fourth at 1-under par. 

Bauman, who won Big West Medalist honors as a sophomore in 2016, shot a 5-under 67 in Sunday's first round, an at-par 72 on Monday and a 2-under 69 in the final round, which included an eagle on the par-5 first hole, a pair of birdies and just one bogey. It was his best performance of the season. Bauman finished tied with Han, and two ahead of Cal State Fullerton's Martin Manalo and UC Irvine's David Kim.

Sophomore Brett Bennett and junior Nick Swanson also finished under par and in the top-10. Bennett carded a 3-under 213 to finish sixth. Like Bauman, he too had an eagle, shooting a three on the par-5 18th hole. After carding a 1-over in the first round, he finished with back-to-back 2-under 70s on the par 72, 6,989 yard "Ike" Eisenhower Course. Swanson was 4-under after the first round before shooting a 3-over second round and an even par final round to finish at 1-under for the tournament, tying for 9th-place. 

Tyler See and Matt Moomjian rounded out UCSB's lineup. See tied for 39th with an 11-over par 227 while Moomjian was 16-over and in 41st-place. 

Irvine completed its three rounds with a 12-under par 852 and they fended off a late charge by Davis, which finished at 11-under.