Bauman Parlays Top Two Finishes Into Monthly Honor
UC Santa Barbara sophomore Brandon Bauman (Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde HS) earned Big West Men’s Golfer of the Month for April as he tied for individual medalist honors at one tournament and finished runner-up in another.
Bauman shot under par in each of his six tournament rounds and averaged 69.5 strokes in April.
He shot a career-best 11-under par 205 to tie for the individual title at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic at the Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz. early in April. He fired a first round 5-under 67 to equal his lowest round of the season. He followed with a 2-under 70 and 4-under 68, moving from a second-place tie into a tie for medalist honors with the late push.
Bauman, who did not have a single three-putt in all 54 holes, nailed a 175-yard 8-iron to five feet on the last hole and made the birdie putt to ensure his first place tie. UCSB tied for fifth among 19 teams at the event.
Next up was the OGIO UC Santa Barbara Intercollegiate Tournament, and Bauman continued his solid play, tying for second among the 60-player field. He carded a 4-under 212, missing out on his third tournament title this year by four strokes. Bauman shot consistent golf over the 54 holes on the 7,068-yard, par-72 Sandpiper Golf Club home course, posting rounds of 71, 70 and 71. He helped the Gauchos place third among nine teams.
Bauman is averaging 71.63 strokes per round for the year.
Others nominated: Felix Mory (CSUN); Daniel Chian (Long Beach State); Patrick Soli (UC Davis); Matt Lutz (UC Riverside)