Santa Clara wins with depth

Santa Clara placed four players in the top 10 while claiming an 11-stroke victory over Seattle in the Utah Invitational at Jeremy Golf and Country Club in Park City, Utah.

Hayden Shieh, a freshman from Mission San Jose High in Fremont, led the way for the Broncos in  solo fourth at 71-69-72–212, 1-under-par. Drew Miller tied for fifth at 72-74-67–213, Gio Gandionco shot 72-72-70–214 and tied for eighth with teammate Tyler Kertson, who came in at 73-75-66–214.

Carlos Briones totaled 76-73-73–222 and tied for 41st with teammate Evan McLeon, who rounded out the Broncos’ scoring at 73-68-81–222.

“We were happy to be in a position to get a win no matter what happened today,” head coach Rob Miller said. “They proved they can handle being front runners and close out a tournament. The guys really turned it on at the end.

“Another great performance from Hayden. He was right there at the end and had a chance, but this is a good experience for him. We don’t have a true No. 1 player, we have a group of solid players.

“And events like this extend the depth of your squad. The more depth you have the better your chances.”

Santa Clara led the way with a score of 361-356-348–1065, even par, followed by.      Seattle at 360-361-355–1076, Pacific at 363-367-354–1084 and Boise State at 370-366-359–1095.

Cal State Bakersfield was 13th at 389-379-372–1140,

Joe Harvie of Seattle shot 70-70-70–210, 3-under-par, to tie for medalist honors with Nic Booth of Southern Utah, who finished at 68-69-73–210, with Kyle Mitsunaga of Boise State third at 72-72-67–211.

Matt Lee of Pacific totaled 71-65-69–215 and tied for 11th with his Tiger teammates, SeungJae Maeng, who wound up at 73-72-70–215, and Drew Bender, who came in at 71-73-71–215.

Jin Park led Cal State Bakersfield in a tie for 31st at 74-75-71–220.

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