Gauchos Can't Hold On, Finish Third at Bill Cullum Invitational

Zach Smith (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Zach Smith (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Zach Smith shot an 8-under par 208 to tie for second-place, leading the UC Santa Barbara golf team to a solid third-place finish at the Bill Cullum Invitational at Wood Ranch Golf Club on Tuesday.

The Gauchos held the team lead midway through the third and final round of the tournament, but a late charge by Boise State gave the Broncos (21-under par) an 8-shot victory over second-place Cal State Fullerton (13-under par) and a 9-shot edge over UCSB (12-under par).

Smith was either in the lead or tied for it much of the final day. He carded 3-under par 69s in the first two rounds and then a 2-under 70 in the final round to finish tied with UCLA's Bryan Wiyang Teoh for second. Boise State's Brian Humphreys parlayed a 6-under par final round into a 3-shot individual victory.

Brandon Jacobs, a transfer from St. Mary's, gave the Gauchos a second top-10 finisher. Jacobs finished with a 3-under par 213 to tie Utah State's Colten Cordingley for eighth-place. Ryan Cuenca finished tied for 29th with a 3-over par 219, while Brett Bennett (7-over, 223, t-52nd) and Justin Sheparovich (11-over, 227, t-68th) rounded out UCSB's roster. Bennett actually had the lowest round of any Gaucho in the tournament as he carded a 5-under par 67 in the second round.

Grand Canyon finished fourth in the team standings, two shots back of UCSB.

The Gauchos return to action at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational on Oct. 25-27.