UC Santa Barbara shot an 8-over par 288 on Wednesday, its best round at the 2017 Stanford Regional, to finish in 11th place with a final total score of 874. The Gauchos carded a 34-over for the tournament, 14 shots better than 12th-place Sacramento State and 25 better than South Dakota State. They finished seven shots behind 10th-place Ohio State and eight back of Ohio State.
Freshman Brett Bennett and junior Zach Smith each shot a 1-over par 71 in the final round to lead UCSB. Nick Swanson finished with a 2-over par 72. Swanson and Bennett each finished with a 5-over 215 to tie for 33rd-place in the field of 75. Smith recorded a 9-over 219 to tie for 54th, while Brandon Bauman was tied for 65th at 16-over par and Willy Woffly tied for 68th at 17-over.
Stanford and Baylor tied for the regional title at 17-under par, 12 shots ahead of Pepperdine. That trio of schools will be joined by Oklahoma (-3) and North Carolina (+3) in advancing to the NCAA Championship
Oklahoma's Brad Dalke carded a 12-under par 198 to win medalist honors at the regional. Cooper Dossey of Baylor was second at 9-under and Stanford's Maverick McNealy was third at 8-under. Sahith Theegala of Pepperdine tied with Franklin Huang and Brandon Wu of Stanford for fourth-place at 4-under par.
The Big West also had three student-athletes playing as individuals at the NCAA Stanford Regional - Felix Mory of CSUN, who claimed individual medalist honors at the 2017 Big West Conference Men’s Golf Championship, David Kim of UC Irvine and Andres Gonzalez of Long Beach State.
Kim closed out the season with a 20th-place finish after carding a final round of 5-over 75 to finish with a three-day total of 2-over 212 as he was attempting to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Mory finished his first NCAA appearance in 23rd place after carding 74 on day three for a 54-hole score of 213.
Gonzalez fired a 1-over 71 for the second consecutive day to move up three spots to tie for 46th after totaling 217 at that three-day event.
The other five 54-hole regional tournaments sites are University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas, Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash., Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind., University Club in Baton Rouge, La., and The Grove in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional advance to the finals. Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Northern Illinois University is the host institution for the 2017 championships.
NCAA Stanford Regional
May 15-17, 2017
Hosted by Stanford
Stanford Golf Course (Par-70, 6,727-yards)
T1. Stanford -271-278-274=823
T1. Baylor - 277-265-281=823
3. Pepperdine - 281-274-280=835
4. Oklahoma - 280-277-280=837
5. North Carolina - 288-278-277=843
6. Georgia Tech - 287-273-284=844
7. North Florida - 279-281-285=845
8. BYU - 278-282-292=852
9. Ohio State - 288-294-284=866
10. Houston - 281-285-301=867
11. UC Santa Barbara - 296-290-288=874
12. Sacramento State - 300-290-298=888
12. South Dakota State - 301-289-309=899