New Season Begins For Men's And Women's Golf
Big West Golf Release - September
Big West At A Glance
Big West Golfers Hit The Road In September: All Big West golf programs that kick off the season in September will be on the road, as no teams host an event this month. Most of the men’s programs are staying in the west with visits to Washington, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. UC Davis is the lone team to accumulate a large amount of frequent flyer miles as the Aggies head to Durham, N.C., for the Rod Myers Invitational to open the 2017-18 season.
The women’s teams are spread throughout the United State from California to Wisconsin to open the new year. Like on the men’s side, the Aggies have the farthest travel time as they are slated to compete in both the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. and the East-West Match Play in Madison, Wisc. A trio of schools visit Colorado with Long Beach State and UC Irvine visiting Ft. Collins for the Ptarmigan Ram Classic and UC Riverside headed to Vail to compete in the Golfweek Conference Challenge.
Bidne Hired As UH Women’s Golf Coach: Stephen Bidne was named the University of Hawai’i’s new women’s golf coach at the end of the 2016-17 season. Bidne replaces Lori Castillo, the women’s golf program’s longest-tenured coach who announced her retirement following her ninth season. Bidne, 28, is the 13th head coach in program history and comes to UH after four seasons at his alma mater, the University of Northern Colorado, where he was a four-year letterman.
New Face At Helm Of LBSU Men’s Program: Michael Wilson was hired as the 11th head coach of the Long Beach State Men’s Golf program in July of 2017. Wilson comes to the Beach after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Washington. While at Washington, Wilson helped the Huskies improve their finish at the Pac-12 Championships in each of his three seasons, most recently tying for third place in 2016-17 as Wilson managed the team while head coach Alan Murray was home for the birth of his child.
UC Riverside Swept 2016 Big West Championships: 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. 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).
The men’s side had an exciting finish that came down to the final putt of the tournament, UC Santa Barbara, 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. Nick Swanson pared the 18th hole to give the Gauchos a team total of 852, which secured the team title by one stroke over CSUN, who closed an eight-stroke gap with consistent play but fell one stroke short with a team total of 853 (284-285-284). Cal Poly finished third at 855 and was followed by LBSU (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.
Sept. 11-12 Itani Quality Homes Collegiate (Pullman, Wash.) - CSF, LBSU
Sept. 15-17 Rod Myers Invitational (Durham, N.C.) - UCD
Sept. 18-19 Ram Masters Intercollegiate (Ft. Collins, Colo.) - LBSU
Sept. 22-23 William H. Tucker Intercollegiate (Albuquerque, N.M.) - CSF
Sept. 22-24 Maui Jim Intercollegiate (Scottsdale, Ariz.) - UH
Sept. 25-26 Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational (Boulder, Colo.) - CSUN, UCR
Sept. 10-12 Battle at Old Works (Anaconda, Mont.) - CSF, CSUN
Sept. 11-12 Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invit. (Albuquerque, N.M.) - UCD
Sept. 17-19 Ptarmigan Ram Classic (Ft. Collins, Colo.) - LBSU, UCI
Sept. 17-19 East-West Match Play (Madison, Wisc.) - UCD
Sept. 18-19 WSU Cougar Cup (Pullman, Wash.) - CSF
Sept. 26-27 Coeur d’Alene Resort Invitational (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) - LBSU, UH
Sept. 25-26 Rose City Collegiate (Aurora, Ore.) - CP
Sept. 25-27 Golfweek Conference Challenge (Vail, Colo.) - UCR
Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate (Palm Desert, Calif.) - CSF, CSUN, UH