Cal State Fullerton and Pacific are 2013 Big West Men's Golf Co-Champions after carding a three-round team score of 887 at the 2013 Big West Men's Golf Championship at the Country Club at Soboba Springs in San Jacinto, Calif.
This is the second men's golf team title for the Tigers, their first dates back to 1997, and the first championship for the Titans, who reinstated the sport back in 2010.
The Tigers won a one-hole playoff by two strokes to earn the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Division I Regionals, which will be held at six sites; University Club (Baton Rouge, La.), Golden Eagle Country Club (Tallahassee, Fla.), The Scarlet Course (Columbus, Ohio), The Blessings Golf Club (Fayetteville, Ark.), Karsten Golf Course (Tempe, Ariz.) and Palouse Ridge Golf Club (Pullman, Wash.).
Defending champion UC Davis finished third with a three-day total of 890 and UC Santa Barbara, who shot the low round of the day, 295, placed fourth at 892. Long Beach State secured the fifth slot after registering a three-round score of 894 and was followed by Hawai'i (906), UC Irvine (908) and UC Riverside (912). Cal Poly and Cal State Northridge each carded 928 to tie for the ninth spot.
Fans also witnessed a three-way tie atop the individual leaderboard between Cal State Fullerton's Corey Gard, who remained in the top spot throughout the tournament, Pacific's Eric Sugimoto and UC Santa Barbara's Brett Silvernail, who erased an eight-stroke deficit after firing a 3-under-par 69. All three players blasted a 1-over 217 to claim the top spot. Sugimoto won a two-hole playoff to capture the individual medalist honor.
TItan Ryan Tetrault landed in the fourth spot with a three-day score of 218 and UC Riverside's David Gazzolo and UC Davis' Matt Hansen shot their best rounds of the tournament today to tie for fifth with a score of 219.