USF Wins by 21 Strokes at Bandon Dunes

The University of San Francisco rolled to a 21-stroke victory to claim the team championship and Tommy Stephenson of Fresno State took home the individual title in the Bandon Dunes Collegiate Championship on the Trails Course at Bandon Dunes Resort in Bandon, Ore.

The Dons posted a score of 274-283-279—836, 16-under-par, to claim their second title of the season, also having won the Orange County Collegiate Classic for the second straight year last month at Coto de Caza Golf Club.

USF has won two straight tournaments for the first time in 15 years.

“What a phenomenal week,” USF Coach Jack Kennedy said. “It was another great team effort where everyone contributed. We obviously got off to a good start this week but really made an effort to keep the pedal down and make a statement.

“We have only scratched the surface of how good we can be this year. It will be scary when all five guys click on the same day.”

Utah totaled 274-297-286—857 to tie for second with Oregon, which wound up at 279-289-289—857, while Boise State was fourth at 287-283-288—858, followed by Long Beach State at 281-282-296—859.

Stanford shot 289-287-287—863 to tie for sixth with Fresno State, which finished at 283-287-293—863, and Santa Clara, which wound up at 284-289-290—863, while defending champion Oregon State was ninth at 284-297-287—868, followed by Seattle at 291-308-283—882.

Stephenson, a junior from Carlsbad who claimed his first victory with the Bulldogs and finished in the top 10 in his fourth straight tournament, carded a score of 70-65-70—205, 8-under.

“I’m super happy to have won my first event,” said Stephenson, who recorded 15 birdies in his three rounds. “I’ve been playing well and it feels great to put it all together.”

Soren Lind of USF shot 67-72-69—208 to tie for second with his Dons teammate, Christoffer Palsson, who finished at 67-70-71—208, and Hugo Townsend of Boise State, who wound up at 70-71-67—208.

Barclay Brown of Stanford totaled 69-71-69—209 to tie for fifth with Mitchell Schow of Utah, who finished at 66-72-71—209, while Matthew Anderson of USF shot 72-68-70—210 to tie for seventh with Berk Harvey of Santa Clara, who wound up at 68-69-73—210, and Nate Stember of Oregon, who came in at 66-71-73—210.

Yuki Moriyama of Oregon shot 71-70-70—211 to tie for 10th with Joe Neuheisel of Boise State, who finished at 72-68-71—211.

Hunter Epson of Long Beach State was 13th at 69-70-74—213.

Rounding out the scoring for team champion USF were Tim Widing in a tie for 19th at 68-74-75—217, Toby Briggs in a tie for 28th at 76-69-76—221, and Alex Chin in a tie for 39th at 77-73-69—219.

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