LIHUE, Hawaii – UC Santa Barbara senior Zach Smith shot a 2-under par 142 through the first two rounds of the 2019 Big West Men's Golf Championship and will carry a 1-shot lead into the Tuesday's final round as he seeks the league's individual medalist honor.
Smith carded a 4-under 68 in the first round at the Wailua Golf Course and then was 2-over in the second round. He leads the tournament by one shot over Matt Gunson of UC Irvine and Matt Wilson of Cal State Fullerton.
As a team, the Gauchos are in fifth-place, five shots back of fourth-place Fullerton, six back of third-place UC Davis, eight behind Long Beach State and 11 off the pace set by UC Irvine.
Brett Bennett will enter Tuesday's third round tied for 18th at 6-over par. Bennett had one of the tournament highlights when he had a hole-in-one on the par 3, 168 yard 14th hole. He and Smith are the only two UCSB players in the top-20 after two rounds.
The final round of the tournament will tee-off at 8am in Hawai'i, or 11am Pacific Daylight Time.