Gauchos Continue to Roll with Sixth-Place Finish at USF Triumph at Pauma Valley

March 13, 2007

PAUMA VALLEY, Calif. - Freshman Brian Hollenbeck carded a 4-over par 217 to finish in a tie for 13th-place, and the UC Santa Barbara golf team finished sixth at the USF Triumph at the Pauma Valley Country Club on Tuesday.

As a team, the Gauchos shot a 29-over par 881 in their three rounds. They used a 294 in the third and final round to move from a tie for 10th to sixth-place. The team scores for the tourney were high with St. Mary's winning with a 1ver par 853. Notre Dame was second at 11-under par 863.

Four of the five UCSB players in the tournament finished among the top-50. In addition to Hollenbeck, senior Joe Ryon shot a 7-over par 220 to finish tied for 21st and sophomore Marty Melcher shot a 221 to finish tied for 24th. Sophomore Tony Verna shot a 15-over par 228 and tied for 47th and freshman Matt Grush was at 229, 16-over par, and finished in a tie for 52nd.

With its sixth-place finish, Santa Barbara has now finished in the top-10 five times in six tournaments during the 2006-07 campaign. The Gauchos bounced-back from a 12th-place finish at San Diego's Farms Collegiate to finish sixth in the prestigious USF Triumph.

UCSB returns to the links for competition on March 26 when it will play in the Stevinson Ranch Invitational. The event will run from March 26 through March 27. After that, the Gauchos will host the Oglio Pacific Coast Intercollegiate at the Alisal River Golf Club, on April 2-3.

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