Golf Teams Close Out Fall Season In Hawai'i
Big West Golf Release - November
Aloha November: The month of November features just two tournaments, one for the men and one for the women, and both are hosted by the university of Hawai’i. The women’s team hosts the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, Nov. 1-3 at the Leilehua Golf Course in Schofield Barracks, O’ahu. The three-day tournament features an eight-team field, featuring 2015 champion No. 27 BYU, Grand Canyon, Hawai’i, Hawai’i-Hilo, North Dakota State, Portland State, Sacramento State, and UT-Rio Grande Valley. Participants play 18 holes each day at the par-72, 6,228-yard course with a 9:00 a.m., shotgun start each day.
The men’s team is set to host the Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational, Nov. 4-6 at the Royal Ka’anapali Course on the Valley Isle in West Maui. Competing in 24-team tournament are eight Top 50 programs – No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 13 LSU, No. 14 Georgia, No. 23 Clemson, No. 33 North Florida, No. 36 UNC Wilmington, No. 39 Kansas, and No. 43 South Carolina – in addition to Ball State, Boise State, Bowling Green, Cal State Fullerton, CSUN, Georgia State, Gonzaga, Hawai’i, Hawai’i-Hilo, Houston, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Minnesota, Sacramento State, Texas-San Antonio, and UC Santa Barbara. The 54-hole tournament will feature 18 holes each day at the par-71, 6,700-yard Royal Ka’anapali Course. The tourney begins each day with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
Defending Big West Champs Shined In October: Coming off a spring season that showcased UC Riverside sweeping the men’s and women’s Big West golf championships, the Highlanders seem to be finding success against this fall. On the men’s side, Matt Lutz nearly matched the program record all-time low round with a seven-under 64 in round two of the Visit Stockton Pacific Invite. Over the course of the month he tallied four sub-par rounds and recorded a top-five and two top-20 finishes.
On the women’s side, Hannah Facchini set the UC Riverside women’s golf program record with a six-under par 66 at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown in the opening round. She followed that up with a 1-under-par to also set a new 36-hole program record at 7-under. The junior from Hanford, Calif., who tallied two top 10 finishes, tied for third in a competitive field that included ranked competition.
Gauchos Dominated Bill Cullum Invitational: UC Santa Barbara steamrolled to its most impressive tournament victory in recent memory as it tied the tournament record with a 31-under-par 833 to win the 2016 Bill Cullum Invitational by 16 shots over UC Irvine. The Gauchos were led by junior Brandon Bauman who finished tied for third with a 9-under-par 207. His 8-under 64 in the second round tied the lowest score ever recorded by a UCSB player.
CSUN Player Notches First Career Win: Sophomore Cake Phuchanbanchob posted her first career win and the CSUN women’s golf team closed the fall portion of the 2016-17 schedule with a solid second place finish at the Colby Invitational at Silver Creek Valley Country Club. Phuchanbanchob, who opened the final day in second place, fired a four-over 76 to overtake day one leader Kristin Le of Santa Clara. The CSUN sophomore carded four birdies and eight pars in the final round to capture her first collegiate tournament by two shots. Phuchanbanchob wound up at seven-over 223 for the tournament.
Kim, Edberg Grab October Golfer Of The Month Honors: UC Irvine junior David Kim (Fullerton, Calif./Eastside Christian HS) started the fall season strong with a pair of top-five finishes to earn Big West Men’s Golfer of the Month accolades for October. Kim posted three rounds in the 60s for the month as the Anteaters finished fifth or better at the Nick Watney Invitational and Bill Cullum Invitational – both 15-team fields.
He shot 2-under 211 at the Nick Watney Invitational with a final round 68 to place fifth overall among 89 golfers. He opened with rounds of 73 and 70 to help UCI to a fifth place showing. Kim rode a second round 6-under 66 to an aggregate 9-under 207 over 54 holes at the Cullum Invitational, in which the Anteaters finished second as a team. Individually, Kim was third out of 96 competitors as he sandwiched the 66 with rounds of 73 and 68 at Wood Ranch Golf Club. Kim also competed at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational in Hawai‘i at the end of the month, and had a top round of 73.
Earning her second straight and fourth career Big West Women’s Golfer of the Month award, Cal State Fullerton senior Martina Edberg (Glumslov, Sweden/Klippans Gym) continued her brilliant play in October. Edberg captured medalist honors for the third time in four fall tournaments as she shot 2-under 211 at the Memphis Women’s Intercollegiate in Germanwood, Tenn. It was the seventh victory of her exceptional Titan career. Edberg won by seven strokes over Camila Serrano of FIU and nine strokes in front of third-place Michaela Fletcher of Memphis.
She opened the tournament with a 69 and carded rounds of 72 and 70 to reach 211. She knocked in her first eagle of the season on the 485-yard No. 7, the only eagle of the tournament. Edberg also topped the field with 12 birdies overall. The Titans tied for sixth among 13 teams in the competition. The Sweden native would have finished the fall with four straight individual titles if not for a slight dip at the end of the Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational. She posted her first fall round over par during the final 18 holes, a 1-over 73, to place third in the field of 90. Edberg flirted with victory as she was tied for the lead going into the final three holes. She had fired rounds of 70 and 72 to position herself for another win.