April 12, 2015
Texas Wins Western Intercollegiate Men’s Golf;
Longhorns’ Scottie Scheffler Takes Medalist Honors
Santa Cruz, Calif.----- The University of Texas played five holes of flawless team golf in the final round and powered its way to the 69th annual Western Intercollegiate men’s golf championship.
The Longhorns picked up their fifth tournament win of the season with a Western Intercollegiate record-tying final-round team score of 340 for a 54-hole total of two-over par 1,052 on the par 70, 6,615-yard Pasatiempo Golf Course.
Texas, the first round team leader, started the day in second place five strokes behind second-round leader Stanford, but moved comfortably ahead by the turn for the last nine holes.
The #3-ranked Longhorns according to GolfWeek separated themselves from the 14-team field that featured eight top-25 teams playing holes 6-through-10 with 11 birdies, an eagle and no bogeys by its six players in the six-score-best five format.
“Patience and tolerance is #1 at Pasatiempo. The golf course is so good and it is so challenging. This year, they had it set up to almost a maximum level in terms of green speeds that means a premium on accuracy is extraordinary. For us, being able to handle the conditions and being able to overcome the adversity the golf course would present was the most important thing,” said winning University of Texas men’s golf coach John Fields about the Longhorns’ fourth win in their last fifth tournaments.
“It was extraordinary. I knew some good things were happening,” Fields said about the bogey-free, birdie barrage. “What it means is we have a lot of potential as a team. We’re not where we want to be just yet. I’m excited about the future. Coming to Pasatiempo is an education. We need that to give ourselves the best opportunity to grow as a team.”
#14-ranked Oregon, which led briefly during the first nine holes of the final round, finished second at 1,066. #9-Stanford was third at 1,067. #5-Arizona State at 1,075 and #13-Washington with a 1,085 rounded out the top five teams.
UCLA (1,088), USC (1,093), Arizona (1,097), San Diego State (1,101), California (1,107), UC Irvine (1,117), host San José State (1,124), UTEP (1,130) and Hawaii (1,219) also battled for the top spot in the team competition.
Texas freshman Scottie Scheffler completed a wire-to-wire individual victory with a final round 67 for a nine under-par total of 201. The Western Intercollegiate title is his first at the major college level after five previous top-10 finishes in nine tournaments.
“I came here to get a team win. The individual win is just kind of a bonus,” said Scheffler, whose previous best finish was second at the 3M Augusta Collegiate Invitational in Augusta, Ga., on April 5.
“It was definitely one of the more challenging tournaments I’ve had. Yesterday was probably some of the toughest conditions I played in – especially out here with the greens and the way the wind picked up.”
Scheffler’s total was three strokes better than California’s Shotaro Ban, who was at 204. Scheffler and Ban were the only two players in the 96-player field to post an under-par score in each of the three rounds.
Jon Rahm of Arizona State was third at four-under par 206. Only 10 players were able to finish under par. Oregon’s Brandon McIver, who finished in a four-way tie for seventh at one-under par 209, tied the 18-hole tournament record with his second-round 63. His teammate Zach Foushee had the low score of the final round with a five-under par 65.
“We want to thank the membership and staff of the Pasatiempo Golf Course – (head pro) Ken Woods, (general manager) Scott Hoyt, and (course superintendent) Justin Mandon,” said San José State men’s golf coach and tournament host John Kennaday.
The 69th Western Intercollegiate is presented by TransAmerica/WFG represented by Rich and Cindy Thawley; sponsored by Frys.com, Don and Sally Lucas, Jerry Hamilton of Copper/Challen Realty; and with the generous support of Lee Brandenburg and Christina Marie LaMonico.