Gauchos Bookend Outstanding Rounds for 7th-Place Finish at Cowboy Classic

April 7, 2010

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -

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Glen Scher and Tyler Sterk each shot 7-over par 217s as the UC Santa Barbara golf team recorded a solid seventh-place finish out of 24 teams at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Scher shot 1-under par 69 in the first and third rounds while Sterk shot a 69 in the first round en route to 217. Russell Boring finished one-shot back of the duo at 8-over par 218. He carded a 66 in the first round.

With the trio of under-par performances in the first round, the Gauchos as a team shot a 275 and actually led by four shots over Oklahoma and Colorado. UCSB, however, struggled to a 302 in the second round, dropping to ninth-place.

In the final round at the Walking Stick Golf Club, Santa Barbara recorded a 288 and pulled back into a tie with Old Dominion for seventh-place.

Andrew Gunson shot a 9-over par 219 to tie for 44th, and Brian Hollenbeck shot 13-over par to tie for 65th, rounding out UCSB's fivesome.

Cal State Northridge shot a 1-over par 841 to claim the team title. The Matadors easily outdistanced the University of San Diego, which finished 10-over par. Western Carolina was third, followed by Oklahoma and Colorado which tied for fourth.

San Diego's Gunner Wiebe carded a 7-under par 203 to earn individual honors, two shots ahead of Northridge's Jeff Freund and five shots in front of Oklahoma's Ben Blundell. They were the only three players to finish under par in the tourney.

UCSB will now take nearly a month off before returning to action at the Big West Championships. The Gauchos will compete for the league crown at Tijeras Creek Golf Course in Mission Viejo, Calif.

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