Big West Golf Release - November
UC Riverside Hires Men’s Golf Coach:
UC Riverside’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tamica Smith Jones, announced the hiring of Rick Todd as head coach of the men’s golf team. Todd coached the University of Texas El Paso Men’s Golf Team from 1999-2011. His teams advanced to the NCAA West Regional on three occasions, and in 2003, finished one stroke shy of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Todd also coached a pair of All-Americans while piloting the Miners—Dan Swanson in 2003 and Chris Baryla in 2003 and 2004.
A UTEP graduate, Todd was a three-time All-American as a collegian as well as a four-time, First Team All-WAC selection. After leaving UTEP, Todd continued working in the golf industry before deciding to return to coaching. He has 12 years experience as a professional golfer and has played in international events on six continents.
Hawai’i Hosts Final Fall Events:
The men’s golf team is hosting two events to close out the 2015 fall season. The Rainbow Warriors kick things off with the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational. The three-day, 54-hole event is scheduled for November 2-4 at the Princeville Makai Golf Club. Big West schools host Hawai’i and Cal Poly are two of the 16 teams set to compete on the par-72, 7,223-yard course.
A few days later the Ka’anapali Classic Invitational gets underway on the Royal Ka’anapali Course (6,700 yards, par 71) at the Ka’anapali Golf Club in Lahaina, Maui. The three-day event, slated for November 6-8, will be home to 18 teams, including Big West teams Long Beach State, CSUN, UC Santa Barbara and host Hawai’i.
While the men’s program is hosting a pair of events, the women’s team is also busy hosting the Pac 12 Preview at the Nanea Golf Club in Kohala, Hawai’i, November 2-3. Thirty-six holes will be played on Monday, followed by a single round on Tuesday.
Highlanders Capture Second Tournament Title This Season:
For the second time in three events, the UC Riverside women’s golf team recorded its second team title at the Cal Poly Lady Mustang Intercollegiate. The Highlanders were led by Hannah Facchini and Paris Griffith, who finished one-two in the tournament. On the way to her second career individual title, Facchini carded back-to-back under par rounds (71,70) for the first time in her career. Griffith notched a two-round score of 147 to tie for second.
Long Beach State’s Teare Grabs Individual Title:
Senior Kassidy Teare fired a 3-under 69 in the final round of the Ron Moore Intercollegiate at Highlands Ranch Golf Club to capture individual medalist. Teare held off Santa Clara’s Monique Riley for the one-shot victory that awarded her the first tournament win as a 49er. Teare completed the three-day, 54-hole tournament at 8-under 208.