Feb. 21, 2013
2012-13 LONG BEACH STATE MEN'S GOLF
Tournament No. 5
17th Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf Classic
Hosted by Long Beach State
Virginia Country Club - Par-70, 6,633-yards
Long Beach, Calif.
Monday, Feb. 25 - First & Second Rounds (Live scoring: Golfstat)
Tuesday, Feb. 26 - Final Round, (Live scoring: Golfstat)
The Long Beach State men's golf team is set to host the 17th Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf Classic, Feb. 25-26, at Virginia Country Club in Long Beach. First and second rounds will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. (PST) on Monday, Feb. 25 with the final round concluding on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
DEL WALKER FIELD
LBSU will among a nine-team field for this year's 17th Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf Classic. Seniors Philip Chian and Raymond Ho, sophomore JJ Holen and freshmen Daniel Chian and Kevin Lee will go up against British Columbia, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Grand Canyon, Loyola Marymount, Pacific, UNCW and VCU.
LAST YEAR'S DEL WALKER
Last year's Del Walker tournament took on a whole new look as it was changed to a match play format. LBSU was among an eight-team field that featured California, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, UC Davis, UCLA and Washington. The 49ers lost all three of its matches, falling to UCLA and USC (3&2) and UC Davis (3&2) on the final day.
Live scoring of all three rounds of the Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf Classic will be available on Golfstat.com.
ABOUT DEL WALKER
During the City of Long Beach's Centennial Celebration in 1988, the Long Beach Press-Telegram named Del Walker the city's "Golfer of the Century", and Long Beach State and Virginia Country Club are pleased to recognize his accomplishments by naming this annual tournament after him. Delbert Walker or "Coach" as everyone simply called him, was born in North Dakota in 1913 and moved to Long Beach at the age of 14. He took up golf at 18, teaching himself the game after reading a book by Harry Vardon. Within three years he was good enough to play for UCLA, where he never lost a match and won the Southern California Collegiate Championship as a rookie. He joined Virginia CC in 1940, and was a fixture there until his death in 2007. Coach won the Long Beach City Championship four times, the VCC Club Championship nine times (the first in 1940, the last in 1977). He also eagled every hole at Virginia at least once!
Walker had a rich tradition in athletic endeavors of the golf course as well. In addition to golf, he coached basketball, football, track, tennis and baseball. As an athletic administrator, he was the athletic director at Long Beach Poly High School and Long Beach City College, where incidentally, he gave Lute Olsen his first job as a head basketball coach. Walker came out of retirement in 1982 to coach the 49er men's golf team "for one year" and ended up doing it for 12 years. His wife Marty came out of retirement in 1986 to coach the 49er women's team, making the Walkers what they called "a unique Division I coaching combination". Walker was named the Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 1982, 1986 and 1994, and along with some key boosters from Virginia led the "Save Golf Campaign" that kept the program from being eliminated in 1991.
49ERS WIN FOLINO INVITATIONAL FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR
LBSU overcame a six-shot deficit going into the final round from tournament leader UC Irvine at the Folino Invitational at Industry Hills Golf Club. The 49ers finished with a 54-hole total of 8-over par 872 to hold off the second-place Anteaters by four strokes. Freshman Daniel Chian led the way for LBSU, tying for fourth shooting, finishing with an even-216. Senior Raymond Ho and freshman Kevin Lee also finished in the top-10, tying for sixth and 10th respectively.
NINERS CLOSES OUT FALL SEASON AT BILL CULLUM
Freshman Daniel Chian led the way for LBSU tying for 12th place at the Bill Cullum Invitational at the Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley. Chian fired rounds of 74, 70 and 72 to finish with an even-216. The 49ers finished in 12th out of 20 teams recording a 54-hole score of 33-over 897.
HO TIES FOR SECOND AT VCU SHOOTOUT
Senior Raymond Ho recorded a 2-under par 214 to tie for second place at the VCU Shootout in Manakin-Sabot, Va. Ho led the way for LBSU recording rounds of 71, 71 and 72 at the Hermitage Country Club to finish just four strokes behind first. LBSU placed third in the 12-team field at 24-over 888.
LBSU STARTS SEASON OFF IN IOWA
LBSU kicked off the fall season at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Burlington, Iowa. The 49ers tied for 11th place with a three-day score of 39-over 903. Senior Philip Chian was the top player for LBSU as he tied for 37th at 10-over 226.
FOLLOW THE 49ERS ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER
Fans can follow the 49ers on Facebook at Long Beach State men's golf and on Twitter (@LBSUmensgolf) throughout the season.
LBSU returns to action, Mar. 8-10, traveling to Bandon, Ore. for the Bandon Dunes Championship hosted by the University of Oregon.