February 27, 2011

Santa Clara's Scott Travers Wins Desert Intercollegiate

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PALM DESERT, Calif. – Santa Clara's Scott Travers won his second collegiate event, capturing the individual title at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at the Classic Club in Palm Desert. Travers fired a 3-under par 69 in final round play Sunday to finish the tournament atop the standings, spanning 102 players and 20 teams.

Travers birdied the last hole of the second round Sunday (play was suspended late Saturday due to darkness) and carried that momentum into Round Three, going four-under par through the first nine holes, allowing him to erase a five-shot deficit over UNLV's Kevin Penner.

Travers and Penner finished in a tie for the tournament lead and Travers was awarded the individual title by virtue of the tie-breaker (lowest final round).

"I birdied my last hole of the second round Sunday morning and was feeling really good," said Travers. "I was making a lot of putts that first nine holes; I was making everything."

"It definitely feels good. The hard work I have been putting in paid off, especially early in the year. I want to play up to 100 percent of what I am capable of. Today and this weekend I would have given myself a B+, so if I can put it together, that could be really special moving forward."

Travers is coming off a terrific offseason in which he won two California State amateur events. He is the reigning West Coast Conference 'Player of the Year' and a 2010 NCAA tournament qualifier. The Broncos were well supported, with family and friends of the program in attendance. Travers' parents were there to celebrate his win.

"This was a really tough field," said Santa Clara head coach Rob Miller. "We beat some teams that were ranked ahead of us in the rankings. We were just nine strokes outside of third. So being so close to the top was good for us."

Santa Clara was tied for sixth as a team. SCU received solid tournament performances from sophomore Rick Lamb (tied for 13th) and freshman Scott Lowe (tied for 34th).

"We are really targeting the next three events," said Miller, looking ahead to the heart of the spring schedule. "We have a really good chance to beat some top teams at Oregon's event and at San Diego State."

Santa Clara looks to continue its climb in the national standings next week at Long Beach State at the Del Walker Invitational at Virginia Country Club, Monday and Tuesday, March 7-8.

FINAL INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD
1 Scott Travers SantaClara 74 70 69 213 -3
Kevin Penner UNLV 70 69 74 213 -3
3 Conrad Shindler Texas A&M 73 73 71 217 +1
4 Kelly Kraft SMU 72 74 72 218 +2
5 Marc Sambol SMU 73 75 71 219 +3
Ignacio Elvira Texas A&M 73 74 72 219 +3
7 Blake Biddle UNLV 73 74 73 220 +4
Troy Anderson Denver 73 73 74 220 +4
9 Derek Ernst UNLV 73 75 73 221 +5
Andrew Wyatt Nebraska 73 74 74 221 +5
Tom Carlson New Mexico 69 79 73 221 +5

FINAL TEAM LEADERBOARD
1 Texas A&M 294 293 292 879 +15
2 UNLV 297 293 294 884 +20
3 SMU 299 301 290 890 +26
4 UC Santa Barbara 301 299 292 892 +28
5 Denver, U. of 305 296 294 895 +31
6 Colorado State Univ. 300 294 305 899 +35
Santa Clara Univ. 299 302 298 899 +35
8 Cal Poly 303 300 298 901 +37
9 New Mexico, Univ. of 310 302 297 909 +45
10 Nebraska 309 305 297 911 +47
11 Long Beach State 304 313 297 914 +50
12 Kansas 307 308 301 916 +52
13 Weber State Univ. 303 309 315 927 +63
14 Texas El Paso, U. of 313 312 305 930 +66
15 Wyoming, U. of 305 313 313 931 +67
16 Drake University 312 309 312 933 +69
17 Hawaii, Univ. of 310 313 315 938 +74
18 Boise State Univ. 305 316 318 939 +75
19 Southern Utah Univ. 317 313 316 946 +82
20 Air Force Academy 311 322 318 951 +87

SANTA CLARA
T 6 Santa Clara Univ. 299 302 298 899
T 1 Scott Travers 74 70 69 213
T 13 Rick Lamb 73 72 78 223
T 34 Scott Lowe 74 81 72 227
T 74 Cory Mehl 78 80 79 237
T 93 Bobby Monaco 81 80 84 245