Big West Golf Release - Final Release
A Look Back At The 2015-16 Season
UC Riverside Sweeps Golf Championships:
Entering the final round three-strokes back in second place, UC Riverside fired a blistering, third-round score of 296, a tournament low, to overtake Cal Poly to claim the 2016 Big West Women’s Golf Championship team title at The Bay Course in Kapalua, Hawai’i. The Highlanders’ efforts earned the program its first-ever women’s golf conference title while dethroning UC Davis, who won the previous six championships, in the process. Paris Griffith garnered the highest finish for the Highlanders, securing fourth place with a three-day total of 226, and Aggie Andrea Wong locked in the fifth slot after tallying 227.
Cal Poly finished in second place with a three-day total of 918 and was followed by the Aggies of UC Davis, who carded 921. Claiming the fourth spot with a 54-hole total of 923 was Long Beach State, while host Hawai’i, who shot its best round on day three with a 302 score, was two strokes back in fifth. CSUN secured the sixth spot at 946 and Cal State Fullerton finished seventh after firing 954. UC Irvine rounded out the eight-team field with a mark of 981. Full Story
On the men’s side, UC Riverside entered the final round of play with a six-stroke lead and never let up as the Highlanders went on to capture the 2016 Big West Conference Men’s Golf Championship at the Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, Calif., after carding a three-day score of 2-under 862. The Highlanders claimed their first men’s title since 2005 after leading second place Cal Poly by three strokes.
Cal Poly fired the low-round score of the day at 3-under 285 but it just wasn’t enough to surpass the sizable lead the Highlanders opened the day with. The Mustangs’ second place finish is their best showing since claiming the second spot in 2007. UC Santa Barbara ends the event in third place and is followed by UC Davis and Long Beach State, who tied for fourth with a three-round score of 873. Host CSUN secured the sixth spot with a total of 883. The Titans of Cal State Fullerton fired their best round on day three to move up to the seventh spot at 888 and UC Irvine slipped to eighth with a 891 point total. Hawai’i closed out the nine-team field with a score of 904. Full Story
UC Davis’ Wong Concludes Career At NCAA Championship:
Andrea Wong fired a 4-over 76 during the final round of the NCAA Div. I Women’s Golf Championship on Monday at Eugene Country Club, bringing to a close her standout UC Davis career that featured four career wins, including this year’s NCAA Stanford Regional.
Wong, a senior from San Francisco, dazzled fans at the national finals on Sunday when she turned in a spectacular round of 67. The third-round score was reminiscent of the 6-under 65 she fired in the third round at the regional when she tied for first place.
Her Sunday score at the NCAA Finals jumped her nearly 70 spots in the standings and gave her a high enough finish to move into the top 30, make the cut and play today’s final round. She finished 6 over for her four rounds after opening with a 77 on Friday and a 74 on Saturday. Wong was tied for 49th with some players still finishing their last rounds.
Wong advanced to the NCAA Championship after claiming individual medalist honors at the NCAA Stanford Regional. An incredible eight birdies by Wong led to an amazing 6-under 65 – the best round of the NCAA Div. I Women’s Golf Stanford Regional and the lowest score in program history – and lifted her into a share of medalist honors with Elizabeth Szokol of Virginia while also punching her ticket to the national finals. Wong moves on to the NCAA Finals for the third time in her four-year career but her first as an individual. She’s the program’s first regional medalist and the first for UC Davis since 2011 when Matt Hansen captured top honors for the men’s team at Tucson, Ariz.
UCR’s Lutz Advances to NCAA Championship:
A final round score of 4-under 68 was more than enough for UC Riverside’s Matt Lutz to secure a spot in the NCAA Championships after finishing the NCAA Tucson Regional on the Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Ariz., with the third-best score of 209. The top five teams and the top individual not on a top five team advance to the NCAA Championships, and Lutz’s stellar performance was the best of the non-advancing teams.
The Placentia, Calif., native, opened the three-day event with a blistering 6-under 66 which turned out to be the low-round score of the tournament. He struggled on day two and posted a 3-over 75, which dropped him from the top spot to tied for fifth. He maintained his composure and on the final day and carded a 4-under 68 to move to the third spot on the leaderboard to secure the regional’s lone individual spot in the NCAA Championship.
At the NCAA Championship, Lutz, sporting a 74.3 stroke average, missed the cut for the final round of the individual championship after posting a three-round score of 236. He was the first Big West men’s golfer to advance to the NCAA Championships as an individual since Cal Poly’s Geoff Gonzalez and UC Davis’ Matt Hansen did so in 2011.
Big West Women's Golf Awards:
Long Beach State’s Kassidy Teare earned 2016 Big West Women’s Golf Player of the Year accolades while her teammate Haley Tygret secured half of the Big West Women’s Golf Co-Freshman of the Year honor as UC Riverside’s Jakeishya Le also earned the distinction. The 2016 Big West Women’s Golf Coach of the Year was awarded to Sofie Aagaard from Cal Poly. Full Story
Big West Men's Golf Awards:
The Big West Conference handed out the top awards for the 2015-16 men’s golf season, along with the all-conference teams, and UC Santa Barbara’s Brandon Bauman earned the Big West Men’s Golf Player of the Year honor. UC Davis’ Ryan Knop nabbed the Big West Men’s Golf Freshman of the Year award and Rick Todd, from UC Riverside, received Big West Men’s Golf Coach of the year accolades. Full Story