Bennett Paces Gauchos to Sixth-Place Finish at Bill Cullum Invitational

Brett Bennett (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Brett Bennett (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior Brett Bennett's 4-under par 68 in Tuesday's final round at the Bill Cullum Invitational helped him leap 11 spots, from 20th-place to a tie for ninth, in the final results. As a team, the Gauchos finished with a 3-under par 861 to finish sixth in the team standings in the tournament, played at Wood Ranch Golf Club.

Bennett, who also carded a 4-under 68 in Monday's first round, helped UCSB to the fourth best final round score in the tournament. 

Brandon Bueno finished with an even-par 216 to tie for 30th, while Matt Moomjian, the team's best player in the first two tournaments of the fall, finished tied for 35th with a 1-over par 217. Justin Sheparovich tied for 62nd at 7-over and Andrew Ricci tied for 79th at 12-over par to round out the Santa Barbara finishers.

San Diego State led from start-to-finish and ran away with the team title at 40-under par, 22 shots ahead of Grand Canyon, 24 ahead of the University of San Diego, 30 in front of Utah State, 36 ahead of Weber State and 37 in front of the Gauchos. The top-six teams were the only ones to finish under par for the tournament.

SDSU's Puwit Anupansuebsai, like his team, cruised to victory as the individual medalist, leading the entire way an finishing with an 18-under par 198. Anupansuebsai finished five shots ahead of Grand Canyon's Trevor Lampson, Pepperdine's Clay Feagler and USC's Leon D'Souza. 

UCSB will play its final fall tournament on Nov. 1-3 when it travels to Ka'anapali Classic at the Ka'anapali Golf Course in Lahaina, Maui.