Big West Golf Release - Men's Championship
The 2015 Big West Men’s Golf Championship gets underway Sunday, April 26 in the central coast with Cal Poly playing host at the San Luis Obispo Country Club. The three-day event runs until Tuesday, April 28 and admission for the event is free.
Nine teams with five golfers on each squad will compete for the team and individual titles on the par-70 course that measures 6,677 yards. Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com.
Cal State Fullerton is eyeing its third straight Big West title after tying Pacific in 2013 and capturing the wind-shortened event in 2014. The Titans bring back just two players from last year’s championship team in Ryan Tetrault (74.4) and Kyle De Silva (74.8).
Keep an eye out for UC Davis, who is coming off a team title at the El Macero Classic and enters the championship with the top individual as Luke Vivolo paces the league with a 71.1 stroke average. At last year’s championship the Aggies were only two strokes back from team champion Cal State Fullerton when the event was called after two rounds due to strong winds.
Also entering the event on a high note are the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, who placed in the top three in two of their final three tournaments, including a team title at their home event - OGIO UCSB Intercollegiate. Freshman Zach Smith leads the team and ranks third in the conference with a 71.8 stroke average. The Gauchos haven’t finished higher than fourth place since 2001 when they tied for 2nd, but this could be their year to better that performance.
A practice round is slated for Saturday, followed by the first round of play Sunday at 7:30 a.m. Monday’s second round of play tees off at 9:00 a.m., with the final round set for Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. Awards will be presented following the final round approximately at 2:30 p.m.
The winning team advances to the NCAA Division I men’s regionals which are held at six sites this year from May 14-16. This year’s regional sites include Bremerton, Wash, Chapel Hill, N.C., Lubbock, Texas, New Haven, Conn., Noblesville, Ind. and San Diego, Calif. The six-day NCAA Men’s Golf Championship is scheduled for May 29-June 3 at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.