UC Riverside bettered its first day performance by 14 strokes to card a two-round, 2-under-par total of 574 (294-280) to lead the 2016 Big West Conference Men’s Golf Championship at the Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, Calif. The Highlanders, who haven’t won a men’s golf title since 2005, currently sit atop the leaderboard with a six-stroke advantage over second place Cal Poly with one round remaining.
In the first round of play only UC Santa Barbara fired an under-par team total, but on day two a trio of schools exceeded the course expectations as the Highlanders, Cal Poly and Long Beach State all shot second round scores under-par. A 1-under 287, for a two-round score of 580, moved the Mustangs into second place. The Gauchos slipped to third with a score of 581 and are followed by the 49ers, who are one stroke back at 582.
UC Davis and host CSUN are knotted in fifth after carding 584 and UC Irvine owns a two-day total of 594 for the seventh slot. Cal State Fullerton (597) is eighth and Hawai’i (603) rounds out the nine-team field.
On the individual side, there is currently a three-way tie for the top spot between UC Santa Barbara’s Brandon Bauman, Long Beach State’s Daniel Chian and UC Davis’ Ben Corfee. All three own a 3-under 141 as they enter the final round of play tomorrow. Rounding out the top five are CSUN’s Louis Calderon (143) and UC Riverside’s Andrew Spilman, who vaulted from 25th to tied for 4th after blasting a tournament-low, 5-under 67 on day two for a two-round score of 143. Along with four birdies, Spilman tallied two eagles on the back nine. His teammate Matt Lutz also notched an eagle on hole four.
The final round of play begins Wednesday, May 4 at 7:25 a.m. from both the first and 10th tees and is followed by an awards ceremony at approximately 2:30 p.m. Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com and admission to the event is free.
The winning team advances to the NCAA Division I men’s regionals which are held at six sites this year from May 16-18. This year’s regional sites include Tuscaloosa, Ala., Tucson, Ariz., Kohler, Wis., Albuquerque, N.M., Stillwater, Okla., and Nashville, Tenn. The six-day NCAA Men’s Golf Championship is scheduled for May 27-June 1 at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.