Big West At A Glance
Early Start for 2016:
A handful of men’s teams open the 2016 spring season with a January tournament. The Titans of Cal State Fullerton are slated to compete in the Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson, Ariz., while Cal Poly, UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara head to Beaumont, Calif., for the Winter Intercollegiate.
Titan Men Host Annual Event:
Cal State Fullerton is primed to host the sixth annual Folino Invitational on the Eisenhower Course at the Industry Hills Golf Club in the City of Industry. The two-day event, which runs February 15-16, showcases the talents of Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, CSU Bakersfield, Grand Canyon, Cal Baptist, UC Santa Barbara, Samford, UC Riverside, Utah Valley, Loyola-Chicago.
Long Beach State Hosts Pair Of February Tournaments:
Long Beach State has a busy month ahead as it gears up to host the The Gold Rush, a women’s tournament set for February 22-23, and the Del Walker Classic, an annual men’s event that takes place Feb. 28-March 1. The Gold Rush, which features a 15-team field that includes Big West foes Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine, takes place at the Old Ranch Country Club (Par 72; 6,102 yards) in Seal Beach, Calif. The Virginia Country Club is home to this year’s Del Walker Intercollegiate that welcomes conference teams Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, CSUN, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara, along with host Long Beach State.
CSUN, UCR Women Hold Home Events:
CSUN women’s golf team opens the month of February with the Matador Invitational at the Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley February 8-9, while UC Riverside closes out the month with Battle At The Rock, a three-day event (Feb. 21-23) at the Oak Quarry Golf Club.
Hawai’i Men Stay Home In February:
Hawai’i is teaming up with Hawai’i-Hilo for the Ameri Ari Invitational at the Waikoloa Kings Course in Waikoloa, Hawai’i, February 4-6. The Rainbow Warriors follow up the three-day event with their own event, the John A. Burns Intercollegiate that runs Feb. 17-19 at the Wailua Golf Course in Lihue, Kaua’i.
Leader Of The Pack:
As we enter the spring 2016 season, a pair of Cal Poly golfers own two of the top three stroke averages with Jesse Yap pacing the league with a 70.7 average and is closely followed by Jimmy Castles and his 71.0 mark. Castles is currently knotted in second place with UC Santa Barbara’s Zach Smith.
On the women’s side, Long Beach State’s Kassidy Teare leads the charge with a 71.5 average, while UC Davis’ Paige Lee holds the second spot with a 72.5 stroke average. There is a tie in the third slot between UC Riverside’s Hannah Facchini and Cal State Fullerton’s Martina Edberg, who both carded a 72.8 average in the fall.
A Look Ahead:
Earlier this week, Golfweek released its midseason previews for the Big West Conference. Men
Jan. 25-26 Winter Intercollegiate (Beaumont, Calif.) - CP, UCI, UCR, UCSB
Jan. 29-30 Arizona Intercollegiate (Tucson, Ariz.) - CSF
Feb. 1-2 LMU Invitational (Henderson, Nev.) - CP, CSUN, LBSU, UCSB
Feb. 4-6 Ameri Ari Invitational (Waikoloa, Hawai’i) - UCD, UH
Feb. 8-9 The Farms Invitational (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) - UCD, UCR
Feb. 15-16 Folino Invitational (City of Industry, Calif.) - CSF, LBSU, UCSB
Feb. 15-17 The Prestige at PGA West (La Quinta, Calif.) - UCD
Feb. 17-19 John A. Burns Intercollegiate (Kaua’i, Hawai’i) - UH
Feb. 19-21 Wyoming Desert Classic (Palm Desert, Calif.) - CP, CSUN, UCI, UCR
Feb. 28-Mar. 1 Del Walker Classic (Long Beach, Calif.) - CP, CSF, CSUN, LBSU, UCI, UCSB
Feb. 28-Mar. 1 NIT-Arizona (Tucson, Ariz.) - UCD
Feb. 8-9 Matador Invitational (Simi Valley, Calif.) - CP, CSUN, UCR, UH
Feb. 13-14 Peg Barnard Invitational (Stanford, Calif.) - UCD
Feb. 14-15 All There August Challenge (Braunfels, Texas) - LBSU
Feb. 21-23 The All-State Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, La.) - UCD
Feb. 21-23 Battle At The Rock (Riverside, Calif.) - CSUN, UCR
Feb. 22-23 The Gold Rush (Seal Beach, Calif.) - CP, CSF, LBSU, UCI
Feb. 29-Mar. 1 Bruin Wave Invitational (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) - CP, CSUN, UCI, UH