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.
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."
|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)|