After starting the final round in third place, the host Long Beach State men’s golf team finished just one shot behind Santa Clara for the team title Tuesday at the 15th annual Del Walker Intercollegiate.
The 49ers placed second with a 27-over-par 1,077 total at the Virginia Country Club in Long Beach. The Broncos shot 26-over.
“Hats off to Santa Clara and Rob Miller,” LBSU head coach Ryan Ressa said in a statement. “Those guys do a fantastic job every year. Today they just best us straight up and they deserve credit for coming into Virginia and playing great.”
Meanwhile, LBSU’s Benjamin Lein and Kevin Roy tied for sixth on the individual leaderboard. The duo carded a 3-over 213 and finished 10 shots behind UCLA’s Gregor Main, who won the event at 7-under 203.
Main fired a 66 — the lowest in the three-round tournament and his second occurrence — in the final round to seal the victory.
Not far behind their teammates were 49ers Philip Chian and Raymond Ho, who tied for ninth at 5-over 215.
Sophomore Kevin Lim rounded out the scores for The Beach. Lim, who shot 11-over 221, finished in a three-way tie for 34th.
“It was an honor to host the 15th annual Del Walker at Virginia,” Ressa said. “I am extremely proud of our guys for their effort this week. We competed hard down to the very end. The guys dug deep and played the back nine extremely well.
“That was the best golf I have seen out of this group all year. I can’t say enough about the strides these guys have made this season. We still have a long way to go, but the guys keep working.”
LBSU will return to the links in San Diego for the two-day San Diego Intercollegiate Classic from March 14-15.
“Our guys are looking forward to next week’s event to keep the momentum going,” Ressa said.