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Chian, Kogi Named September Golfers of the Month


A top-10 finish and an individual title helped Long Beach State senior Daniel Chian and Hawai‘i junior Eimi Koga earn Big West Men’s and Women’s Golfer of the Month accolades for September.

Chian Posts Career Low Round at Golfweek Conference Challenge

Long Beach State senior Daniel Chian (Covina, Calif./Los Altos HS) garnered his second career Big West Men’s Golfer of the Month honor after finishing in the top 10 of the Golfweek Conference Challenge.

Chian tied for 10th place with a 5-under par aggregate of 211, highlighted by a career-low third round score of 65 that included seven birdies and 11 pars.  That performance vaulted Chian up the leaderboard by 20 spots following rounds of 74 and 72 to open the tournament on the par-72, 7,360-yard Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa.

He helped the 49ers finish seventh among 15 teams in the season-opening tournament.  Chian also earned Golfer of the Month honors in October of 2013.

Others nominated: Mark Jensma (Cal State Fullerton); Patrick Soli (UC Davis)

Koga’s Hawai‘i Debut Nets Medalist Honors

Leading her school to its first tournament title in 19 years, Hawai‘i junior Eimi Koga (Honolulu, Hawai‘i/Moanalua HS) also captured medalist honors in being named the Big West Women’s Golfer of the Month for September.

In a weather-shortened Hobble Creek Fall Classic in Springville, Utah, Koga bested all competitors with a 1-under 36-hole total of 141 on the 6,032-yard Hobble Creek Golf Course.  It was Koga’s first tournament as a Rainbow Wahine after transferring from Washington.

Hawaii’s team title was the program’s first since winning the 1996 Lady Bronc Classic.  Koga carded a 1-under 70 in the first round and shot even par 71 in the second before the third and final round was canceled due to rain and lightning.

The team championship was just the third in school history.  Koga finished just ahead of teammate Raquel Ek and New Mexico State’s Viviana Macias, who tied for second at 1-over 143.

Koga is the first UH golfer to take home medalist honors since teammate Izzy Leung won the season-opening OSU Invitational last season.

Others nominated: Martina Edberg (Cal State Fullerton); Cake Phuchanbanchob (CSUN); Savannah Knox (Long Beach State); Paige Lee (UC Davis); Hannah Facchini (UC Riverside)