STOCKTON, Calif. – Nicolas Herrera caught fire and had the lowest round at the Visit Stockton Cactus Thaw to lead BYU-Hawaii men's golf to a third place finish Tuesday.
BYU-Hawaii shot a 12-under 276 on the final day of competition to fall one stroke behind No. 40 Chico State for second place at 9 under for the tournament. No. 23 Cal Baptist took home the team title at 12 under par.
After parring the first hole, Herrera reeled off four straight birdies and finished the front nine at 5 under. Herrera added four more birdies and his only bogey of the day on the back nine to finish the day with at 8 under par. This broke Brent Grant's school record of a 7-under 65 in the first round of last year's Mustang Intercollegiate. Herrera tied for sixth overall at 5 under for the tournament.
Dalton Stanger had a solid round with four birdies and no bogies to finish with a 4-under 68 and tie for eighth on the individual leader board. Federico Clausen struggled on the front nine, but gained momentum after making the turn with four more birdies to offset a double-bogey and finish with a 1-over 73 for the day and for the tournament to tie for 55th overall.
Jacob Godfrey also ended at even par after two birdies on his final three holes gave him a 1-under 71 on the day. Dillon Dudley had the best round of his young Seasider career with a 72 after birdying on the 18th green. Dudley finished the tournament tied for 82nd at 6 over par. Alex Stulce finished tied for 56th after his second straight day at 1-over 73.
The Seasiders will take the course next at the East/West Bay Area Invite at The Course at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California, Feb. 27-28. Live scoring will be available online.
(Correction: An earlier version of this article stated the Seasiders finished in second place. A late scoring error was discovered that changed their final score from 11 under to 9 under.)