The UC Davis men’s golf team will continue their 2014-2015 season after taking a two-month winter hiatus. The team will be traveling to Waikoloa, Hawaii for the 24th Annual Amer Ari Invitational at the Waikoloa Kings Course during the first weekend of February.
Earlier this season, UC Davis participated in four tournaments and placed in the top five in three of the tournaments. Upon arrival to the Aloha State, UC Davis will compete against the top teams in the nation, including no. 9 Stanford, no. 6 UCLA, no.14 Oregon and no. 22 Washington. Other schools competing in this tournament include Texas, Colorado and the University of Hawaii. The team hopes to continue playing well in the upcoming tournament and the rest of the season that will hopefully conclude in the NCAA tournament.
Following the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii, the Aggies will host The Prestige at PGA WEST, a three-day tournament in La Quinta, Calif. They will also host the El Macero Classic in April.
Prior to the winter hiatus, UC Davis finished in fourth place in the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, Oct. 13-14, 2014. There were 16 teams in this tournament, Cal earned first place by hitting 13 under par, followed by Arizona State and Oregon State. The Aggies finished in third place in Big West last year and were given an 11th seed in the NCAA Regional round.
Sophomore Nicolas Noya led all Aggies and tied for sixth individually, by hitting three under par. Junior Luke Vivolo and senior Matt Seramin hit two under and one under par, respectively.
Vivolo has been outstanding for the Aggies this season, continually finishing at or near the top of the UC Davis finishers. He is currently ranked 164 individually in all of NCAA men’s golf. A season ago, he finished seventh individually in the NCAA Regional round.
The Aggies hope to continue competing at the same level of intensity as the Alister MacKenzie Tournament last October, and to build on their season’s accomplishments thus far.