Shieh Ties For 2nd; Men’s Golf Climbs To 9th At Saint Mary’s Invitational

Shieh Ties For 2nd; Men’s Golf Climbs To 9th At Saint Mary’s Invitational

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Santa Clara men's golf ended the fall season on a high note, carding its best score of the Saint Mary's Invitational with a final-round 10-under 273 to climb four spots on the leaderboard, ending the 18-team event in ninth-place with a 7-over 859 total.

"They rallied," head coach Rob Miller said of his players. "We got the best result we could ask for. It's nice to end on a positive note after those first two days and we left the fall not feeling as bad as if we had stunk it up."

The 20th-ranked Broncos were led by senior Hayden Shieh, who shot 4-under on Wednesday to move into a tie for second-place with BYU's Patrick Fishburn and USC's Kaito Onishi at 8-under 205. The trio finished five shots behind individual medalist Justin Suh of USC.

Shieh placed among the top-5 for the third time in four fall events and the 14th time in his career.

Freshman Jack Avrit and junior Derek Ackerman had their best rounds of the tournament on Wednesday, picking up for fallen teammate Zack Kaneshiro, who withdrew due to a back injury.

Avrit carded a career-low 5-under 66 to move up 31 spots on the individual leaderboard into a tie for 38th at 3-over 216. Ackerman's 2-under 69 put him in a tie for 43rd at 4-over 217. Both players carded an eagle with Avrit going 2-under on the par-5 18th and Ackerman draining the par-5 13th in three shots.

"We played well today, especially considering it was four vs. five," Miller added. "I felt bad for Zack. It's a tough situation, especially with that field."

Sophomore Matt McCarty had a final-round 1-over 72 to finish in a tie for 59th at 8-over 221.

The Broncos won two tournaments and had a runner-up finish in their four fall events and will open the spring season at the Arizona Intercollegiate in late January. "It's nice to have a good fall," Miller explained. "It makes things easier going into spring to qualify for regionals."


Santa Clara Final Individual Results
T2.      Hayden Shieh 70-68-67 = 205 (-8)
T38. Jack Avrit 76-74-66 = 216 (+3)
T43. Derek Ackerman 71-77-69 = 217 (+4)
T59. Matt McCarty 76-73-72 = 221 (+8)
  Zack Kaneshiro WD


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