The host UC Riverside Highlanders were the only school to finish below par as they cruised to a 23-shot win at the Braveheart Classic Golf Tournament at the PGA of Southern California Golf Club Champions Course in Beaumont, CA Tuesday. The Highlanders finished the tournament withal team score of 845, including back-to-back scores of 278 in the second and third round.
Garrett Clegg of the University of Utah was the wire-to-wire individual winner, shooting an eight-under 208 to take medallist honors. Ben Kreger of New Mexico State, the co-leader after the first round, overcame a rough second round to finish second with a six-under 210, tied with UC Riverside sophomore Cameron 'C.J.' Nelson.
The University of Denver held on to second place honors with a four-over 868, while first round leader Utah slipped to third with a six-over 870.
The golfers had to deal with wind and rain on Tuesday as a storm front blew through the region. Play began Tuesday morning as teams concluded the second round, which had been stopped short due to darkness on Monday.
The Highlanders took the lead in the second round, blistering the field with a 10-under 278, the best team round of the tournament. However, UCR was not finished, matching the performance in the third round. UCR was the only team to shoot a round lower than 285. UCR finished with four golfers in the top 11, as sophomore Brendan Steele finished fourth with a five-under 211, sophomore Eric Riehle tied for fifth with a four-under 71 and sophomore Brandon Hillpot tied for 11th with an even 216. Freshman Nick Wilkins rounded out the top five for UCR, finishing at four-over 220.