GLF: Smith’s 4-under elevates Gauchos

LAHAINA, Hawaii – Sophomore Zach Smith shot a 4-under par 68 in Sunday’s final round of the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic as UC Santa Barbara jumped from 14th-place to a ninth-place finish in the prestigious tournament at the Ka’anapali Country Club.

Smith’s 4-under on the final day was one of several outstanding rounds shot by Gaucho players en route to an 876 team score, just two shots out of eighth-place. Smith’s outstanding final round gave him an even-par 216 for the tournament, good for a 24th-place finish.

Sophomore Brandon Bauman, UCSB’s top player through the first two rounds, shot an even-par 72 on Sunday and finished in 25th-place with a 1-over par 217. Freshman Nick Swanson also carded a 72 in the final round, finishing 3-over par 219 and tying for 29th. Sophomore Willy Moffly was 1-over par for the day and 8-over for the tournament, tying for 56th.

Santa Barbara’s final round 285 was the second best round on the day. Only Oklahoma, which led wire-to-wire to win the tournament by 12 shots over Georgia, had a better third round as they shot 280. The Gauchos get better and better as the tournament progressed. They were tied for 16th after the first round before moving to 14th after the second round.

The individual medalist was Georgia’s Zach Healy who finished at 8-under par. Oklahoma’s Brad Duke was second at 7-under par and Johnny Watts of Ball State was third at 6-under.

UCSB’s fall schedule is now complete. The Gauchos will mothball their clubs until Jan. 25-25 when they play in the Mission Cup at the Oak Valley Country Club in Beaumont, Calif