Vivolo, Edberg Named March Golfers of the Month
Luke Vivolo earned medalist honors and Martina Edberg posted two top-five finishes as the Big West Golfers of the Month for March.
Vivolo Wins The Goodwin
UC Davis senior Luke Vivolo (Carmel, Calif./Carmel HS) led after each round at the prestigious The Goodwin and punctuated a wire-to-wire win for the Aggie program, earning Big West Men’s Golfer of the Month accolades for March.
Vivolo helped the Aggies to arguably their biggest team win in program history. The 26-team field included such powerhouses as No. 1 USC and host No. 8 Stanford. UC Davis finished at 13-under 827, beating No. 33 UNLV (-3) by 10 shots and Stanford (-1) by 12.
It was the first Aggie win at the tournament, which began in 1968. Vivolo was the program’s first medalist at the event. He shot a 10-under 200 for the tournament on the 6,727-yard Stanford Golf Course. Vivolo opened with a 5-under 65 in the first round, then proceeded to card a 67 and 68 in the final two rounds. He ousted Oregon’s Aaron Wise by one shot to notch his second career individual title.
Vivolo had back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th holes in the final round to hold off Wise. Vivolo finished the event with an eagle and tourney-best 16 birdies. He beat 13 golfers ranked in Golfstat’s top 100 (at the time), including No. 2 Maverick McNealy of Stanford and No. 5 Rico Hoey of USC.
Others nominated: Daniel Chian (Long Beach State); Skye Inakoshi (Hawai‘i)
Edberg Shoots Under Par Twice
Cal State Fullerton junior Martina Edberg (Glumskov, Sweden, Klippans Gymnasieskola) recorded two top-five finishes to garner Big West Women’s Golfer of the Month for March.
At the rain-shortened Fresno State Classic, Edberg carded a 1-under 143 over 36 holes to place fourth in a field of 82 golfers. She fired a final round 69 for her fifth score in the 60s this season. Edberg helped the Titans to a third-place showing in the 14-team field.
CSF traveled to Stockbridge, Ga. to participate in the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate later in the month, and Edberg finished as the runner-up in the 84-player field. She shot a 3-under 213 (72-70-71) and held the lead going into the final day. Edberg’s 71 in the final round was not enough after Elon’s Kelsey Badmaev carded a 4-under 68 to finish two strokes ahead for medalist honors. However, it was Edberg’s fourth top-five finish of the season.
Edberg tied for the tournament lead with 14 birdies.
Others nominated: Kassidy Teare (Long Beach State); Andrea Wong (UC Davis); Izzy Leung (Hawai‘i)