GLF: Smith’s 4-under par paces Gauchos at Bill Cullum Invite

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Sophomore Zach Smith shot a 4-under par 212 to tie for ninth-place and help UC Santa Barbara to a sixth-place team finish at the Bill Cullum Invitational on Tuesday afternoon.

Smith, who was 9-under entering the final round, actually led the tournament for a time on Tuesday in the tournament at Wood Ranch Golf Club. He shot a 5-over par 77 in the third round to settle for his ninth-place finish.


Sophomores Brandon Bauman and Willy Moffly each shot even-par in the final round to finish 1-over par for the tournament, tying for 25th-place. Freshman Nick Swanson, playing in his first tournament as a Gaucho, was 2-over for the day and carded a 6-over par 222 for the tournament, tying for 43rd-place in the field of 92 golfers.

As a team UCSB was in sixth-place after each of the three rounds and finished at 4-over par, 868, one shot behind Long Beach State and three behind Seattle University. Loyola Marymount won the tournament at 842, 22-under par, five shots better than Pepperdine and 10 better than Santa Clara.

The individual winner of the Bill Cullum Invitational was Southern Utah’s Fidel Concepcion who finished at 9-under par. Santa Clara’s Hayden Shieh was second at 8-under par and Braden Baer of Loyola Marymount was third at 7-under.

The Gauchos return to action Nov. 6-8 at the Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational in Lahaina, Maui, Hawai’i.