Long Beach State Sweeps Golfer Of The Month Honors
Daniel Chian and Kassidy Teare of Long Beach State took home Big West Golfer of the Month honors with solid performances throughout October.
Chian (Covina, Calif./Los Altos HS) posted three top-20 finishes in a busy month for the 49ers. His top effort occurred in the final event of October, the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational, in which he tied for fifth in an 88-player field. Chian shot 1-over 214 with a 1-under 70 in the third and final round. He shot 73-71-70 to help the 49ers place second overall, just two shots off of tournament champion Sacramento State.
The senior also tied for 12th at the Bill Cullum Invitational and tied for 18th in the Nick Watney Invitational. Chian recorded back-to-back rounds of 70 at the Bill Cullum Invitational to finish at 3-under 213. As the top 49er finisher in the last two October tournaments, Chian recorded a total of six rounds under par.
Chian’s best round in October occurred at the Nick Watney Invitational, a 2-under 69 in the second round. That helped him finish at 2-under 211 and the 49ers place tied for sixth in a 13-team field.
It was Chian’s second straight Men’s Golfer of the Month honor
Teare (Vista, Calif./Rancho Buena Vista HS) earned her second career Big West Women’s Golfer of the Month accolade with a dominant October.
She started out winning the Ron Moore Intercollegiate in Highlands Ranch, Colo. for her first career tournament title. She fired a 3-under 69 in the final round to hold off Santa Clara’s Monique Riley for a three-shot victory. Teare’s 54-hole aggregate of 8-under 208 included opening rounds of 71 and 68.
Teare had an even more impressive showing despite a runner-up finish in her next tournament – the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown in Boulder City, Nev. Teare shattered the program record for three-day score (209) by nine strokes, carding a 16-under 200 on the 6,277-yard Boulder Creek Golf Club course.
To achieve the record, she shot 68 in the first round, followed by consecutive career-best rounds of 66. The senior came up just two shots short of individual medalist Anna Newell (-18) of Tennessee.
Teare collected six consecutive rounds under par, including the last five in the 60’s.
Others nominated (Men): Cam Price (Cal Poly); Jack Ireland (Cal State Fullerton); Patrick Soli (UC Davis); David Kim (UC Irvine); Sam Gillis (UC Riverside)
Others nominated (Women): Paige Lee (UC Davis); Hannah Facchini (UC Riverside); Eimi Koga (Hawai‘i)