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Looking Back At The 2016-17 Golf Season


Big West Golf Release - Final


Big West At A Glance

Gauchos #RaiseTheCup At Men’s Championship: With an exciting finish that came down to the final putt of the tournament, UCSB who entered day three with a six-stroke lead, narrowly escaped a charging CSUN team to claim its first Big West Conference Men’s Golf Championship since 1998 at the Sandpiper Golf Course (par 72; 7,093 yards) in Goleta, Calif.

CSUN, who closed an eight-stroke gap with consistent play, fell one stroke short with a team total of 853 (284-285-284).  Cal Poly finished third at 855 and was followed by Long Beach State (861) and UC Davis (868).  UC Irvine secured the sixth spot with a score of 870 and Cal State Fullerton was one stroke back at 871.  UC Riverside (885) placed eighth and Hawai’i (894) rounded out the nine-team field.

CSUN’s Felix Mory led the tournament from day one after carding a 4-under 68.  Another 68, followed by a final round score of 70, secured the school’s first Big West Conference Men’s Championship individual medalist honor with a 10-under 206.

Cal Poly Wins First-Ever Big West Women’s Golf Championship:
Cal Poly held off a roaring UC Riverside team, who tied a tournament low score of 289, to claim its first-ever Big West Women’s Golf Championship at the Oak Quarry Golf Club in Riverside, Calif.  The Mustangs carded 300 in the final round for a three-day total of 887 to capture both the team title and the conference’s automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament.  This marks the second time this year the Mustangs captured a team title on this course, having won the Battle at the Rock back in February.

The Highlanders, who won their first team championship last year, finished one stroke back in second place. Hawai’i shot its best round of the tournament today at 292 to finish in third place with a 893 team total.  UC Davis finished fourth at 894 and Cal State Fullerton was fifth after firing 898.  Long Beach State (899) sits sixth and is followed by UC Irvine (905) and CSUN (916).

On the Individual side, Cal State Fullerton’s Martina Edberg claimed her second Big West Conference Championship medalist honor after  firing 1-under 71 today for a 54-hole score of 6-under 210.  The Glumslov, Sweden, native, also won the individual title as a freshman back in 2014.

Cal Poly Women, Trio Of Individuals Compete At NCAA Regionals, Edberg Advances To Championship:
Cal Poly wrapped up play in its first NCAA women’s golf regional on the UNM South Championship Course, finishing 16th in the 18-team field.  The Mustangs posted a four-person 315 total in the final round for a 71-over-par 935 aggregate.  Cal Poly’s top finisher was Jamie Binns who shot 14-over-par 230 total and 62nd place. Mallory Muehlbauer finished 73rd while Desiree Gillaspy was 79th. Also competing for Cal Poly were Jamie Harada (83rd) and Sophie Bergland (90th).

Martina Edberg becomes the first Cal State Fullerton women’s golfer to compete at the NCAA Championship since the program was reinstated as her second-place finish at the NCAA Albuquerque Regional advanced the senior to the final week of collegiate competition. Edberg shot an even-par round of 72 in the third and final round at The Championship Golf Course and remained in second place, finishing with a total three-round score of 3-under-par 213.

UC Davis’ Paige Lee, who competed as an individual in Albuquerque, tied for 38th place with three-round total of 226 putting her career stroke average at 74.30 – second in school history only to LPGA Tour player Demi Runas.

At the NCAA Lubbock Regional, UC Riverside’s Jakeishya Le, competing as an individual, concluded the event with her best round of the tournament.  Le carded a 1-over 73 at The Rawls Course for a three-round total of 228 to finish tied for 63rd.

UCSB Men, Trio Of Individuals Conclude Season At NCAAs:
UCSB shot an 8-over par 288 on the final round of the 2017 Stanford Regional to finish in 11th place with a final total score of 874.  Brett Bennett and Zach Smith each shot a 1-over par 71 in the final round to lead UCSB.  Nick Swanson finished with a 2-over par 72. Swanson and Bennett each finished with a 5-over 215 to tie for 33rd-place in the field of 75. Smith recorded a 9-over 219 to tie for 54th, while Brandon Bauman was tied for 65th at 16-over par and Willy Woffly tied for 68th at 17-over.

The Big West also had three student-athletes playing as individuals at the NCAA Stanford Regional -  Felix Mory of CSUN, David Kim of UC Irvine and Andres Gonzalez of Long Beach State.  Kim closed out the season with a 20th-place finish after carding a final round of 5-over 75 to finish with a three-day total of 2-over 212. Mory finished his first NCAA appearance in 23rd place after carding 74 on day three for a  54-hole score of 213.  Gonzalez fired a 1-over 71 for the second consecutive day to move up three spots to tie for 46th after totaling 217 at that three-day event.

CSF’s Edberg Named Second Team All-American:
Cal State Fullerton senior Martina Edberg was named a Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Second Team All-American.  Edberg is the first Titan to earn All-American honors since the program was reinstated for the 2009-10 season, and she was also the first CSF women’s golfer to reach the NCAA championship as an individual.  The 2017 Big West Conference individual champion and 2017 Big West Player of the Year, Edberg has a 71.86 scoring average, a new Cal State Fullerton single-season record. Over the course of the season, she posted top-three finishes in 10 of 12 tournaments, including six individual titles, and won a conference-record five consecutive Big West Golfer of the Month awards, bumping her career total to seven, which placed her second on the all-time Big West career list.