Popular Tournaments Highlight March
Big West Golf Release - March
Long Beach State Begins March Hosting Annual Event: The Long Beach State men’s golf team is set to host the 18th Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf Classic March 3-4 at the Virginia Country Club in Long Beach, Calif. Eleven teams will battle it out on the par-70, 6,633-yard course with two rounds taking place on Monday and the final round scheduled for Tuesday. Joining the 49ers are Arizona, Colorado State, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Denver, Grand Canyon, Kansas State, Minnesota, UC Santa Barbara and Wichita State.
Women’s Teams Head To The Island: The most popular event of March for the women’s programs is the Anuenue Spring Break Classic hosted by the University of Hawai’i at The Bay Course in Kapalua, Maui. Big West schools slated to join the Rainbow Wahine are Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, UC Davis and UC Riverside. The three-day event is scheduled for March 24-26. UCLA won last year’s event with the highest Big West team, UC Davis, finishing tied for seventh in a field of 18.
Leading the Way: Cal State Northridge’s Clariss Guce currently leads the Big West Conference women with a 72.9 stroke average over the course of 14 rounds. Sitting in second is UC Riverside’s Savannah Vilaubi with a 73.2 stroke average and is followed by Matador Arinda Bhanaraska with a 73.3 mark.
On the men’s side, Cal State Fullerton’s Mark Anguiano owns an impressive 69.1 stroke average after 18 rounds of play to pace the league. UC Davis’ Matt Hansen ranks second with a 70.2 stroke average while a 71.5 mark for CSUN’s Sam Engel places him third.
A Little Deja Vu With Big West Golfer Of The Month: Cal State Fullerton’s Mark Anguiano and UC Davis’ Betty Chen collected their second Big West Golfer of the Month honor of the season after receiving February’s award. Anguiano claimed the Folino Invitational championship with a tournament record low score of 2-4 (66-68-70). Anguiano’s play also led the Titans to the Folino Invitational team title, marking the first time in the three-year history of the event that the host school finished in first place.
Chen posted back-to-back top-10 placings in tournament action, averaging 72.2 strokes over five rounds. She fired a 3-under 69 at the UC Irvine Invitational that represented the team’s low score for the month. Rounds of 75 and 72 helped Chen finish with a 54-hole total of 216, helping her tie for fourth overall. Earlier in the month, Chen recorded a tie for eighth at the Peg Barnard Invitational with a score of 145 (73-73).
March 3-4 Del Walker Intercollegiate - Long Beach, Calif. (CSF, CSUN, LBSU, UCSB)
March 9-11 Bandon Dunes Championship - Bandon, Ore. (UCD)
March 10-11 Fresno State Lexus Classic - Fresno, Calif. (CP, CSUN, UCR, UCSB)
March 10-11 San Diego Intercollegiate Classic - Chula Vista, Calif (UCI)
March 20-21 Kansas State Desert Shootout - Goodyear, Ariz. (CSF)
March 20-22 Desert Shootout - Goodyear, Ariz. (LBSU)
March 21-23 ASU Thunderbird Invitational - Tempe, Ariz. (UH)
March 28-30 U.S. Intercollegiate - Palo Alto, Calif. (UCD)
March 1-2 Red Rocks Invitational - Sedona, Ariz.(CP, UCR)
March 3-4 Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational - San Jose, Calif. (CSF, UCD)
March 3-4 Bruin/Wave Invitational - Tarzana, Calif. (CSUN, LBSU)
March 11-12 Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational - Honolulu, Hawai’i (UH)
March 17-18 BYU Entrada Classic - St. George, Utah (CSUN)
March 24-26 Anuenue Spring Break Classic - Kapalua, Maui (CP, CSF, LBSU, UCD, UCR, UH)