April 23, 2002
El Dorado Hills, Calif. -
Junior Scott Linklater (Riverside, Calif.) shot a 5-under-par 211 to lead the UC Santa Barbara golf team to a fourth-place finish in the 2002 Big West Golf Championships held at Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Linklater was under-par all three rounds, shooting 71, 70 and 70 enroute to his best score and finish as a Gaucho. His 211 was good for a fourth-place individual finish in the tournament won by UC Irvine.
In addition to Linklater's outstanding performance, the Gauchos were helped by J.R. Becko's best finish ever. Becko, a senior from Tucson, shot a 1-over-par 217 to finish in eighth-place.
Senior Greg Snider (Atascadero, Calif.), UCSB's top player for much of the year, shot a 223 and tied for 16th-place. Freshman Nick Telliard (Riverside, Calif.) shot a 228 to finish tied for 26th and sophomore Jeff Greenfield (Westminster, Calif.) shot a 231 and finish tied for 31st.
UC Irvine won the Big West team crown by 13 shots over Pacific. The Anteaters shot 853 while the Tigers shot 866. Long Beach State nipped UCSB for third-place, 875 to 876. UCI's Ryan Armstrong won the individual title with a 7-under-par 209. Armstrong actually won the title in a playoff over teammate Jeff Coburn, who also shot 209.
The fourth-place finish at the Big West Championships ends UCSB's 2002 season.