Luke Vivolo of UC Davis birdied two of the last three holes to claim the individual title and the Aggies surprised a strong field with a 10-stroke victory over UNLV in The Goodwin on the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif.
The Aggies, whose golf claim to fame is winning the 1979 NCAA Division II Championship, posted a score of 272-277-278-827, 13-under par, followed by UNLV at 280-282-275–837 and host Stanford at 280-279-280–839.
“With all due respect to our 1979 national championship victory, this is without a doubt the biggest win and most dominating performance in team history,” UC Davis Coach Williams said. “It’s absolutely incredible what our players accomplished. We didn’t just win but we basically obliterated an incredibly strong field. We were the big boys in the final round.
“At beginning of the year when I evaluated our roster, I thought we were better than last year. And then all of a sudden we are ranked in the 100s. I have been telling my guys all year that they are really good, because I believe it. I really do.
“This is more of what I would expect from this roster, and that has been what has been surprising to me. We did put ourselves back into position for this to be something good.”
Colorado was fourth at 287-273-286–846, followed by Oregon at 286-278-284–848, Pepperdine at 287-283-280–850, Northwestern at 286-283-285–854, USC at 293-290-274–857, Saint Mary’s at 285-288-288-861 and SMU at 293-281-288–862
Pacific was 11th at 289-288-287–864, UCLA tied for 13th at 292-287-292–871 and San Francisco was 20th at 296-287-298–881, followed by Santa Clara at 296-284-306–886, Fresno State at 293-295-299–887, and San Jose State at 292-300-296–888.
Vivolo, a senior from Carmel, earned the second victory of his college career with a score of 65-67-68–200, 10-under-par, followed by Aaron Wise of Oregon at 66-67-68–201, John Oda of UNLV at 68-67-67–202 and Jonathan De Los Reyes of St. Mary’s at 69-67-69–205.
Ben Corfee of UC Davis totaled 68-67-71–206 to tie for fifth with David Boote of Stanford, who wound up at 72-64-70-206, while Zane Thomas of UNLV was seventh at 67-72-68–207, followed by Patrick Soli of UC Davis at 70-69-69–208 and Philip Juel-Berg of Colorado at 70-68-71-209.
Dominick Francks of Stanford shot 70-69-71–210 to tie for 10th with Jeremy Paul of Colorado, who finished at 67-68-75–210 and Brandon Wu of Stanford, who came in at 71-68-71–210.
Tyler Burnes led Pacific in a tie for 13th at 70-69-72–211, Sahith Theegala of Pepperdine totaled 71-69-72–212 and finished in a tie for 17th that included Sean Crocker of USC at 73-69-70–212, and Braden Baer of Loyola Marymount at 69-72-71–212.
Cole Madey of UCLA tied for 35th at 71-72-72–215, Hayden Shieh of Santa Clara shot 78-65-73–216 to end up in a tie for 41st that included Scott Munger of San Jose State, who came in at 72-73-71–216, while Trevor Clayton of Fresno State totaled 72-74-71–217 to finish in a tie for 50th that included Jalen Griffin of San Francisco, who wound up at 74-70-73–217.