Lions Head to Santa Barbara

Bryan Bergna

April 1, 2012

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - LMU men's golf will head to the OGIO-UCSB Invitational Golf Tournament at scenic Sandpiper Golf Club on the coast just north of Santa Barbara, on Monday and Tuesday, April 2-3, 2012. It will be the final regular season tune-up before the 2012 West Coast Conference Championships begin in two weeks.

The OGIO-Santa Barbara Intercollegiate Tournament will be 54 holes, 36 on the first day, and 18 on day two, and will be played at Sandpiper for the second consecutive year. Previous tourneys were played at Rancho San Marcos, La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc and the Alisal River Course in Solvang.

"This is a very challenging tournament and it will be a good test heading into our conference championships," said Head Coach Alex Galvan. "Sandpiper is a beautiful and challenging course and UCSB always does a good job in hosting."

In addition to LMU and host UC Santa Barbara, the 13-team tournament field will include Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, UC Riverside, CSU Bakersfield, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, Seattle University, Saint Mary's, Santa Clara, Wyoming and the University of British Columbia. There will be several individuals competing as well.

The Lions will send Jake Sarnoff, Tyler Torano, Bryan Begna, Eduardo Chavez and Boris Stantchev to the tournament. The team is coming off a 16th place finish at the Barona Collegiate Cup hosted by San Diego State. Bergna led the Lions with a 217.

The teams will play 36 holes on Monday, April 2 with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start. The final 18 holes are on Tuesday, April 3 with tee times ranging from 8:00-9:40 a.m. Sandpiper is a 7,068-yard, par 72 course.

The 2011 OGIO-UCSB Invitational was won by Oregon, which defeated the second-place Gauchos by 27 shots. The individual winners were Daniel Miernicki and Jack Dukeminier who each . Past individual champions have included Craig Stadler (1973), Scott Simpson (1977) and Duffy Waldorf (1985).



Tournament Facts
Tournament Name: OGIO-UCSB Invitational
Course: Sandpiper Golf Club. – Approximately six miles north of Santa Barbara. Located immediately next to the Pacific Ocean.
Yardage: 7,068 yards
Par: 72
Rating/Slope: 74.7/136
Number of Holes in Tournament: 54 – 36 on the first day and 18 on day two.
Number of Teams: 13 (Individuals will also take part.)
Schools in Tournament in Order of Golfweek Ranking (Ranking):

1. Saint Mary's (38)
2. Long Beach State (49)
3. Sacramento State (106)
4. Loyola Marymount (109)
5. UCSB (135)
6. Wyoming (160)
7. Southern Utah (163)
8. UC Riverside (177)
9. Santa Clara (189)
10. Cal State Northridge (204)
11. Seattle University (211)
12. Cal State Bakersfield (243)
13. British Columbia (NR)



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