Big West Golf Release - September
Big West At A Glance
All eight Big West women’s golf teams kick off the new year with September tournaments. Six of those teams begin play Sept. 12 in one of three events. Cal Poly and CSUN head to Springville, Utah, for the Hobble Creek Fall Classic and UC Davis visits Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational. The final trio, which consists of Long Beach State, UC Irvine and Hawai’i, travels to Fort Collins, Colo., for the annual Ptarmigan Ram Classic. The Titans open play Sept. 19 at the WSU Cougar Cup and then battle in the Rose City Challenge the following week, which is also UC Riverside’s first tournament of the year.
On the men’s side, five of nine teams are slated to participate in September tournaments. The Aggies kick things off at the Rod Meyers Invitational in North Carolina before they participate in the Olympic Club Intercollegiate, hosted by San Francisco, along with Cal Poly and Hawai’i. The same weekend, Sept. 12-13, Cal State Fullerton gets things going at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate in Pullman, Wash. UC Riverside, the defending Big West champion, opens its season at the Bakersfield Intercollegiate Sept. 19-20.
Kassidy Teare Named Assistant Coach For Women’s Golf:
Long Beach State head women’s golf coach Joey Cerulle has announced the hiring of Kassidy Teare as assistant coach. Teare graduated from LBSU this past season after completing her four-year career at the Beach. The Vista, Calif., native is only the second women’s golfer in program history to qualify as an individual for the NCAA Tournament two years in a row as former 49er All-American Kay Hoey qualified in 2005 as a freshman and 2007 as a junior.
UC Riverside Swept 2016 Big West 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. 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.
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. UC Santa Barbara ended the event in third place and was 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.