Schauffele Ties for Fourth at Western Intercollegiate

April 14, 2013

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - San Diego State sophomore Xander Schauffele (San Diego, Calif.) carded a 2-under 68 on Sunday to lead the Aztec men's golf team during the final round of the 67th annual Western Intercollegiate at the par-70, 6,615-yard Pasatiempo Golf Club. With his performance, Schauffele recorded his third top-five finish of the season after climbing eight spots on the individual leaderboard into a tie for fourth place with three other players.

As a team, SDSU slipped one notch into fifth after firing a collective 372 over the final 18 holes for a three-round total of 40-over 1090, nine shots behind Stanford (+31) and 11 strokes in back of third-place Washington (+29). Meanwhile, California (+1) shot a blistering 10-under 340 on the day to overtake UCLA (+14) for the team title.

Schauffele was the lone Aztec to post red figures on Sunday, offsetting four bogeys with three birdies and an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole to finish with a combined 1-under 209, along with Washington's Chris Williams and Pontus Widegren and Lorens Chan of UCLA. The Bruins' Pedro Figueiredo (-6) took home medalist honors after edging the Cal duo of Max Homa (-4) and Michael Kim (-4).

In addition to Schauffele's effort, SDSU had two other golfers land in the individual top 20, as senior Tom Berry (New Haw, Surrey, England) remained alone in the 17th position at 4-over 214, one shot ahead of freshman Riccardo Michelini (Carpi, Italy), who tied for 18th at 5-over 215. Berry fired a final-round 71, making 13 pars and three birdies, but two double bogeys thwarted his progress up the leaderboard. Michelini, meanwhile, dropped from a third-place tie after his score ballooned to a 78 over the final 18 holes.

Freshman Robert Gojuangco (San Diego, Calif.) experienced a similar fate, falling from the 41st position into a tie for 60th at 16-over 226 after posting a final-round 79. Junior James Holley (Chatsworth, Calif.) finished one stroke in back of Gojuangco, tying for the 64th spot at 17-over 227 after recording his second-straight 77.

The Aztec contingent also included junior Austin Kaiser (Atascadero, Calif.), who logged a 78 on Sunday to tie for 69th at 19-over 229.

SDSU will have nearly three weeks to prepare for the Mountain West championships, scheduled for May 3-5, at the OMNI Tucson National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz.

Western Intercollegiate
Final Results
Pasatiempo G.C.
Santa Cruz, Calif.
Par 70, 6,615 yards

Team Scores (Top 5 of 18 teams) 1. California 350-361-340--1051 (-10) 2. UCLA 341-361-364--1064 (+14) 3. Washington 358-370-351--1079 (+29) 4. Stanford 351-366-364--1081 (+31) 5. San Diego State 349-369-372--1090 (+40)

Individual Leaders (Top 5 of 88 + SDSU) 1. Pedro Figueiredo, UCLA 65-71-68--204 (-6) T2. Max Homa, California 67-73-66--206 (-4) T2. Michael Kim, California 67-73-66--206 (-4) T4. Xander Schauffele, SDSU 67-74-68--209 (-1) T4. Lorens Chan, UCLA* 70-67-72--209 (-1) T4. Pontus Widegren, UCLA 66-69-74--209 (-1) T4. Chris Williams, Washington 68-70-71--209 (-1) ---- 17. Tom Berry, SDSU 70-73-71--214 (+4) T18. Riccardo Michelini, SDSU 68-69-78--215 (+5) T60. Robert Gojuangco, SDSU 71-76-79--226 (+16) T64. James Holley, SDSU 73-77-77--227 (+17) T69. Austin Kaiser, SDSU 73-78-78--229 (+19)

*competed as an individual