The UCSB men’s golf team finished its season at the Big West Championships on Tuesday, finishing eighth out of nine teams at the Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills.
The Gauchos shot a 623 in the rain-shortened tournament. All participating schools played one round on Monday, but rain caused the players to take cover and wait until Tuesday to play the second round. Instead of playing two rounds on Tuesday, Big West officials decided to shorten the tournament to two rounds.
Santa Barbara junior Brian Six shot a 153 to finish in a tie for 29th place. Junior Joey Ramos finished with a 155 to tie for 32nd, sophomore Nick Telliard shot a 158 for 35th place and senior Jeff Linklater posted a 159 to finish 39th. Sophomore Greg Wells shot a 160 for 41st place to round out the Gaucho finishers.
Irvine finished first in the tournament, shooting 581 as a team. Cal Poly, Idaho and Long Beach State all tied for second place with a 589. Northridge, Riverside, Pacific, UCSB and Utah State rounded out the rest of the competition.
Irvine senior Mike Lavery won the individual title, finishing six under par in the two-day tourney. The Anteaters, guided by Big West Conference Coach of the Year Paul Smolinski, enjoyed a strong performance from the Big West Player of the Year, senior Jeff Coburn. The senior finished 11th in the tournament.
After playing six months of golf, the Gauchos ended their year on a down note at the championships. The team loses seniors Jeff and Scott Linklater.