49ers share Bill Cullum Invitational team title
Oct. 18, 2011
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - The Long Beach State men's golf team shot a 286 in Tuesday's final round of the Bill Cullum Invitational in Simi Valley to share the team championship with Arizona State.
The Sun Devils carded a 282 to overcome a four-stroke deficit to share the lead with LBSU. But, due to a two-hour fog delay this morning at the Wood Ranch Golf Club, a playoff for team and individual champion was not possible.
This is the first tournament win for LBSU, since capturing last season's Braveheart Classic in Beaumont.
LBSU completed the two-day, 54-hole tournament at 11-under par 853 as the 49ers and Sun Devils won by a comfortable 13 strokes over third-place Denver (+2) and 16 shots over Sacramento State (+5) in fourth. Tournament host Cal State Northridge placed 11th at 40-over.
Freshman Xander Schauffele fired a 69 to finish in third, just one-stroke behind individual medalists Spencer Fletcher of Arizona State and Tyler Torano of Loyola Marymount.
Schauffele recorded another eagle in the final round, leading the field of 86 players with a total of three eagles for the tournament. Schauffele completed the tournament at 7-under 209.
Senior Kevin Roy recorded his best round of the tournament with a solid 69, tying for 10th at 1-under. Roy tallied a total of 14 birdies for the tournament.
Junior Philip Chian shot a 76 to tie for 15th at 1-over, while collecting a total of 12 birdies.
Senior Kevin Lim turned in his best score of the tournament with an even-72 to finish at 2-over, tying for 18th. Freshman Kevin Techakanokboon shot an 82 to tie for 38th at 8-over.
LBSU had four players playing as individuals. Freshman J.J. Holen recorded a 74 to tie for 27th at 5-over, while fellow classmate Ben Heisey (84) and junior Raymond Ho (77) tied for 63rd at 14-over. Freshman Matt Fliss (+18) improved by two strokes for an 80, tying for 70th.
"I'm really excited for all of the guys on this team," 49er Head Coach Ryan Ressa said. "It's been a while since we've won a tournament last spring. We had contributions from everyone to make this win possible. It's exciting to see the momentum going in the right direction and to see the guys getting better."
The 49ers return to action, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, traveling to San Martin for the CordeValle Resort hosted by UCLA.