CHANDLER, Ariz. — Wonje Choi, Aaron Beverly and Devyn Fitchhorn each finished under par in the third round to help the Sacramento State men's golf team finish in fourth place at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic on Tuesday. Choi shot a career-best 69, Beverly carded a round of 70 and Fitchhorn added a 71.
The Hornets totaled 291-286-283-860 to finish the tournament at 4-under par. UC Santa Barbara pulled away from the field to win the team title. The Gauchos entered the third round in second place but shot 16-under as a team during the third round and concluded the tournament at 21-under par. Kansas, which is ranked 41st nationally, placed second at 10-under with Long Beach State one stroke back in third. UC Davis completed the top five by shooting 287-293-282-862.
Beverly battled for the top individual spot throughout the day before finishing second at 70-67-70-207. The senior has now placed second three times this year and has four top-five finishes. He started Tuesday with a par on the fourth hole and then ran off three consecutive birdies. Back-to-back bogeys on the ninth and 10th took him to 1-under and he was eventually even following a birdie on the par-5 12th and bogeys on the par-4 14th and 16th. Beverly then eagled the 560-yard par-5 17th and ended his day by parring his final four holes. His total is tied for the fifth best in school history and was just one stroke off his career low.
Just one round after setting his career best, Choi lowered that mark by a stroke on Tuesday. The junior tied for 10th place overall at 72-70-69-211 to match his highest finish as a Hornet and record his 54-hole low. Choi had three birdies and seven pars over his first 10 holes before a bogey on the par-4 14th stopped the run. He picked back up with six pars and a birdie on the par-5 second over his final seven holes.
Fitchhorn also set a new 54-hole best by shooting 72-74-71-217. He began the third round with eight straight pars before back-to-back birdies on the par-4 13th and 14th. His lone bogey of the day came on the 16th hole (par-4) and he closed with six more pars. Overall he tied for 24th place at 1-over par.
Robert Parden enjoyed his best round of the tournament, shooting 73 to account for the final score towards the team total. Parden was even at the halfway point of his round with a bogey on the par-4 ninth and a birdie on the par-5 12th. He moved to 1-over with a bogey on No. 15, returned to even after a birdie on No. 17 but followed with a bogey on the 18th. The senior then closed with five straight pars. His total of 80-76-73-229 tied him for 83rd place.
Cody Bates tied for 76th at 77-75-75-227. Bates was 4-over after his first six holes with a double-bogey on his first hole (No. 6) and bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11. He recovered with six pars and a birdie on the par-4 13th before a bogey on No.1. Bates ended the tournament with a birdie on the par-4 fifth — his final hole.
UC Santa Barbara's Zach Smith was the medalist at 71-68-67-206. Smith was 5-under during the final round to finish one stroke ahead of Beverly.
Sacramento State will quickly return to action, competing at the El Macero Classic on Thursday and Friday.
WYOMING COWBOY CLASSIC
Chandler, Ariz. | Whirlwind GC
Par 72, | 7,334 Yards
1. UC Santa Barbara 285-286-272-843
2. Kansas 288-285-281-854
3. Long Beach State 288-279-288-855
4. SACRAMENTO STATE 291-286-283-860
5. UC Davis 287-293-282-862
6. Colorado State 294-284-288-866
7. Wichita State 284-292-293-869
8. Wyoming 285-299-286-870
9. Air Force 291-292-290-873
10. Denver 290-297-291-878
T11. Utah State 292-293-294-879
T11. Cal State Northridge 294-289-296-879
13. Southern Utah 300-292-297-889
14. William & Mary 294-304-292-890
15. Weber State 289-304-300-893
16. Houston Baptist 301-299-294-894
17. Gonzaga 296-301-304-901
18. Idaho 299-303-305-907
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Zach Smith, UCSB, 71-68-67-206
2. Aaron Beverly, SAC, 70-67-70-207
T3. Joe Fryer, LBSU, 71-66-71-208
T3. Brandon Bauman, UCSB, 74-68-66-208
5. Jake Staiano, CSU, 70-70-69-209
SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES
2. Aaron Beverly 70-67-70-207
T10. Wonje Choi 72-70-69-211
T24. Devyn Fitchhorn 72-74-71-217
T76. Cody Bates 77-75-75-227
T83. Robert Parden 80-76-73-229
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