Comeback win for UCLA at Gifford Collegiate
Jake Knapp
Jake Knapp

SAN MARTIN, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2014) — Though UCLA junior Jake Knapp, of Costa Mesa, Calif., lost out on top individual honors after leading through the first two rounds, his stellar play still led his Bruins to a comeback three-shot win over rival USC at the Gifford Collegiate.

The ten teams invited to the UCLA-hosted event played CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif., former site of the PGA TOUR's Frys.com Open. They played the course at a par 71 from 7,360 yards.

At 66-70, Knapp led the field through the first two rounds, but his Bruins still trailed USC. Knapp posted 69 in Wednesday's final round and ultimately finished in second place overall, while the team overcame a two-shot deficit to win their host tournament.

Junior Lorens Chan, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, tied for third place overall and posted the lowest round for UCLA in the final round, a 68. He carded 71-67 in the first two rounds. Another Junior, Jonathan Garrick of Atherton, Calif., also had a nice showing, placing 10th and shooting two-under par 211.

USC senior Paul Smith of Turlock, Calif. lead the Trojans to a still-impressive second-place finish as they beat third-place Stanford by 13. Smith posted seven-under 206, including a 66 on Wednesday, while tying for third place individually. Sophomore Rico Hoey bounced back from an opening-round 74 with back-to-back 69's.

Dylan Wu
Consistent play from Northwestern freshman Dylan Wu, of Medford, Ore., gave him the individual win by one stroke over Knapp. Wu began the tournament with a 69 and improved his score by a shot each successive round.

2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links runner-up Doug Ghim, a freshman at Texas, tied for third place (66-74-66) and led his Longhorns to a fourth place team finish.

ABOUT THE Gifford Collegiate

36 holes of strokeplay followed by three rounds of match play. Format was changed from a 54-hole strokeplay event to resemble that of the NCAA Championship.

View Complete Tournament Information

Latest in 

Amateurgolf.com, Inc.
6965 El Camino Real 105-631
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Facebook Twitter YouTube