Olympia's Andres Gonzales completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Soboba Golf Classic, beating Andrew Svoboda by two strokes for...
SAN JACINTO, Calif. — Olympia’s Andres Gonzales completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Soboba Golf Classic, beating Andrew Svoboda by two strokes for his first Nationwide Tour title.
Gonzales closed with an even-par 71 to finish at 8-under 276 on The Country Club at Soboba Springs. The 28-year-old former UNLV player earned $135,000.
Last September at Soboba Springs, Gonzales lost to Ted Potter Jr. in a playoff.
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“Last year was tough, coming in here and losing a playoff,” said Gonzales, the first start-to-finish winner on the tour since 2008. “I’m happy I got a little bit of revenge this year.”
Svoboda eagled the par-5 sixth hole to take the lead, but bogeyed Nos. 10, 11 and 13, leaving Gonzales with a four-shot advantage midway through the back nine.
“I stuck with the same thing I was doing all week and that meant controlling what I could control,” said Gonzales. “It also meant not looking at leaderboards until it came down to crunch time.”
Gonzales leads the money list with $195,810. The top 25 at the end of the season will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards.
“I was nervous today because I knew if I won this one I’d have a pretty good chance of getting back on the PGA Tour,” said Gonzales, 192nd on the PGA Tour money list last year.
Kylie Peek‘s 6-2, 6-4 victory over Weber State’s Michelle Warwick at No. 4 singles secured a 6-1 victory for Gonzaga in Spokane.
• Eastern Washington fell 5-1 to Northern Arizona in Cheney.
Compiled from wire and sports-information reports.