Cal State Fullerton Earns Second Consecutive Big West Title
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2014 Big West Championship Final Results
Cal State Fullerton wins wind-shortened Big West Men’s Golf Championship to claim the school’s second consecutive men’s golf title at the Country Club of Soboba Springs in San Jacinto, Calif. Last year the Titans shared the crown with Pacific.
After many attempts to get the third and final round completed, wind speeds of up to 40 mph proved to be to much and the final round of competition was cancelled, awarding the leader after day two the 2014 championship. This is the first time the tournament has been shortened since 2003 when rain allowed just two rounds of competition.
“The start was delayed until 9:00 a.m. and we observed the first 50 minutes of play and found that golf balls weren’t holding on the greens,” stated Rob Halvaks, Big West Conference Deputy Commissioner. “With no prediction of certainty of when the conditions would be playable, we met with the SCGA rules officials and determined cancelling the final round was our only option.”
After 36 holes of play, Cal State Fullerton carded a two-day total of 578, giving the Titans a two-stoke advantage over UC Davis (289-291-580). A stellar performance on day two launched UC Riverside to a school-best third place finish after firing a 36-hole score of 586. Long Beach State placed fourth with a score of 587 (295-292) and is followed by UC Irvine (588). Hawai’i (591) grabbed the sixth slot while Cal State Northridge (595), Cal Poly (599) and UC Santa Barbara (602) round out the nine-team field.
UC Davis’ Matt Hansen claimed individual medalist honors after blasting an 8-under-par 136 to become the first Aggie to win the championship since Austin Graham grabbed the title in 2011. Cal State Fullerton’s Mark Anguiano, Hawai’i’s Nainoa Calip and Cal State Northridge’s Kyler Sauer tied for second place with a score of 141 and Ryan Knapp of UC Irvine and Kevin Lee from Long Beach State shared the fifth slot.
Cal State Fullerton advances to the NCAA Division I men’s regionals as the conference automatic qualifier. This year’s six site are at Auburn University Club (Auburn, Ala.), Lonnie Pool Golf Course (Raleigh, N.C.), The Club at Old Hawthorne (Columbia, Mo.), Briggs Ranch Golf Club (San Antonio, Texas), Eugene Country Clun (Eugene, Ore.), Rich Harvest Farms (Sugar Grove, Ill.). The six-day NCAA Men’s Golf Championship is scheduled for May 23-28 at the Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
Selections for the regionals is slated for Monday, May 5 at 7:00 a.m. (PDT) on the Golf Channel.
Big West Men’s Golf Championship
Country Club of Soboba Springs
Par 72, 7,137 yards
1. Cal State Fullerton - 287-291=578
2. UC Davis - 289-291=580
3. UC Riverside - 304-282=586
4. Long Beach State - 295-292=587
5. UC Irvine - 301-287=588
6. Hawai’i - 290-301=591
7. Cal State Northridge - 295-300=595
8. Cal Poly - 300-299=599
9. UC Santa Barbara 303-299=602