No. 39 Men's Golf heads to Irvine for Anteater Invitational
Last regular-season tournament for 49ers before Big West Championship
April 21, 2012
2011-12 LONG BEACH STATE MEN'S GOLF
Tournament No. 11
at Anteater Invitational
April 23-24, 2012
Hosted by UC Irvine
Shady Canyon Golf Club - Par-71, 7,026 yards
Monday, April 23 - First & Second Rounds, 7:30 a.m., 1st and 10th tees (Golfstat.com)
Tuesday, April 24 - Final Round, 7:30 a.m., 1st and 10th tees (Golfstat.com)
The No. 39-ranked Long Beach State men's golf team makes the short drive down the 405 freeway to Irvine for the Anteater Invitational at the par-71, 7,026 yard Shady Canyon Golf Club hosted by UC Irvine. The two-day, 54-hole tournament begins on Monday, April 23, with first and second round action followed by final round play concluding on Tuesday, April 24. Both days will begin at 7:30 a.m. from the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. Live play of all three rounds will be available on Golfstat.com.
ANTEATER INVITATIONAL FIELD
LBSU will be among an nine team field as seniors Kevin Lim and Kevin Roy, juniors Raymond Ho and Philip Chian and freshman Xander Schauffele will go up against the following teams with their latest Golfweek rankings: (237) Cal State Bakersfield, (98) Cal State Fullerton, (201) Cal State Northridge, (67) San Jose State, (139) St. John's, (132) UC Irvine, (188) UC Riverside, (124) UC Santa Barbara.
SCHAUFFELE, 49ERS WIN OGIO-UCSB INVITATIONAL
Xander Schauffele birdied the 18th hole in the final round of the OGIO-Santa Barbara Invitational to win individual medalist by one stroke and lead No. 39-ranked Long Beach State to their fourth team title this year. LBSU overcame a five-stroke deficit to first-place and No. 35 Saint Mary's going into Tuesday's final round at the Sandpiper Golf Club. The 49ers improved by two shots for a final round score of 289 to overtake the lead from Saint Mary's, as the Gaels recorded a 299. LBSU finished the 54-hole tournament with a 10-under 854, winning by nine strokes over second-place Saint Mary's (-1) and 22 shots over tournament host UC Santa Barbara (+12) in third.
LIM NAMED BIG WEST GOLFER OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH
Kevin Lim was named Big West Conference Golfer of the Month for March, the league office announced on Thursday. This is the first-ever monthly award for the senior from Seoul, Korea since being named Big West Co-Freshman of the Year in 2009. Lim recorded his second consecutive top-10 finish and third overall as he tied for fifth place at the Duck Invitational earlier this week in Eugene, Ore. Lim recorded a career-low 66 in the final round of the Bandon Dunes Championship in Bandon, Ore. to help the 49ers come from seven strokes behind to tie for first place and share the team title with then-No. 3 Washington.
LBSU CLIMBS UP THE RANKINGS
In the latest Golfweek/Sagarin ratings, LBSU is ranked 39th, while in Golfstat the 49ers comes in at No. 45. LBSU is the highest ranked team in the Big West Conference in both polls as Pacific comes in second at 90th (Golfweek) and 85th (Golfstat).
49ERS FIGHT TO THE FINISH AT DUCK INVITATIONAL
LBSU trailed tournament host and No. 14-ranked Oregon by one stroke going into the final round. The 49ers and Ducks exchanged several leads on the final day, but it was Oregon that came out on top by just two shots to win the team title. LBSU completed the 54-hole tournament in second place at 15-under 849, finishing 14 strokes ahead of third place and No. 34 Saint Mary's. Senior Kevin Lim and junior Raymond Ho were the top players for the 49ers, tying for fifth at 2-under 214. Lim collected his second consecutive top-10 finish and third this season, while Ho recorded his second this year. Freshman Xander Schauffele (-1) tied for eighth for his third consecutive top-10 and fourth overall, while junior Philip Chian (+4) tied for 11th, posting his second consecutive top-20 this season. Senior Kevin Roy (+2) placed 15th for his first top-20 this year.
LBSU SHARES TEAM TITLE AT BANDON DUNES CHAMPIONSHIP
The 49ers came from seven strokes behind after 36-holes to tie for first-place and share the team title with then-No. 3 Washington. LBSU recorded a tournament low 279 in the final round to finish with a 54-hole total of 5-over 857. The 49ers also finished 14 shots ahead of then-No. 9 Oregon as the Ducks finished in third. This is LBSU's third tournament title this season as the 49ers shared the Bill Cullum Invitational title with Arizona State last October and recently captured the Folino Invitational last month at Industry Hills Golf Club.
LIM SIZZLES AT BANDON DUNES
Kevin Lim carded a tournament and career-low 66 in the final round of the Bandon Dunes Championship in Bandon, Ore. The senior from Seoul, Korea, completed the three-day tournament in second place, finishing just six strokes behind first. This was also Lim's highest finish since placing third at the Folino Invitational and recording a 68 in the second round.
ROY, SCHAUFFELE FINISH IN TOP-10 AT BANDON
Senior Kevin Roy and freshman Xander Schauffele collected top-10 finishes this past week at the Bandon Dunes Championship in Oregon. Roy recorded his second top-10 finish this season placing fourth at even-213, while Schauffele recorded his second consecutive top-10 finish this year as he tied for fifth with a 1-over.
LBSU FINISHES IN SIXTH AT FRESNO LEXUS CLASSIC
The 49ers finished in sixth place at 24-over 1104 (364-358-382) in the 16-team Fresno State Lexus Classic. Freshman Xander Schuaffle led the way for LBSU, tying for eighth with a 1-over 217 (70-73-74) and senior Kevin Lim tied for 14th at 3-over 219 (73-69-77). Oregon State won the team championship (+7), while Alex Ching of San Diego captured individual medalist (-7).
ROY NAMED BIG WEST GOLFER OF THE MONTH
Kevin Roy was named Big West Conference Men's Golfer of the Month for February after his performances at the Folino Invitational and the Del Walker Match Play Championship. This is his first monthly award he has received from the Big West. The senior from Syracuse, N.Y., recorded his second top-10 finish this year and seventh overall in his career as he tied for ninth place (+5) at the Folino Invitational and helped the 49ers claim their second team title this season. Roy was the only 49er to win all three matches at the LBSU hosted Del Walker Match Play Championship at Virginia Country Club in Long Beach. He defeated No. 5 UCLA (3&2), No. 4 USC (2&1) and UC Davis (1UP).
LBSU HOSTS DEL WALKER MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
The 49ers came away winless in all three matches during the two-day Del Walker Match Play Championship hosted by LBSU at the Virginia Country Club in Long Beach. In the opening round, the 49ers fell to No. 5 UCLA (3&2), No. 4 USC (3&2) in the second and UC Davis (3&2). Kevin Roy and Xander Schauffele won both their matches on the first day of competition and Roy and Raymond Ho won in the final round.
LBSU WINS FOLINO INVITATIONAL TEAM TITLE
Long Beach State recorded a 15-over-par 879 to capture the second annual Folino Invitational team title at Industry Hills Golf Club in the City of Industry. The 49ers won by two-strokes over Pepperdine (+17) and three shots over tournament host Cal State Fullerton (+18). Senior Kevin Lim led the way for the 49ers, finishing in third at even-216. This was the second team title for LBSU this year as the 49ers shared the Bill Cullum Invitational championship with Arizona State. The win also gave new 49ers head coach Mickey Yokoi his first victory at LBSU and his first career win as a Division-I men's golf coach.
Mickey Yokoi NAMED 49ERS' NEW HEAD COACH
On December 5, Mickey Yokoi became the 10th head coach in the 61-year history of the LBSU men's golf program, replacing Ryan Ressa. Yokoi comes to LBSU after serving the past 14 years with the Arizona State men's and women's golf teams. Since 2002-03, Yokoi served as associate head men's golf coach as the Sun Devils appeared in the NCAA Finals all nine years. Yokoi served one year as the head women's golf coach at ASU, taking the Sun Devils to the 2003 NCAA Finals.
49ERS CLOSES OUT FALL SEASON AT GIFFORD COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP
LBSU finished in eighth-place at the 11-team Gifford Collegiate Championship in San Martin, Calif., to close out the fall season to the 2011-12 campaign. The 49ers completed the three-day tournament at the par-71, 7,360-yard CordeValle Resort at 57-over-par 1122. Freshman JJ Holen was the top player for LBSU as he tied for 25th with a 9-over 222.
LBSU SHARES BILL CULLUM INVITATIONAL TEAM TITLE
The 49ers shared the team title with Arizona State at the Bill Cullum Invitational in Simi Valley. LBSU completed the 54-hole tournament at 11-under 853 at the par-72, 6,801 yard Wood Ranch Golf Club. Two 49ers finished in the top-10 as freshman Xander Schauffele placed third with a 7-under 209 and senior Kevin Roy tied for 10th at 1-under 215.
LBSU OPENS SEASON AT THE PRESTIGE
The 49ers opened the 2011-12 season at The Prestige at PGA WEST, finishing in 16th place. LBSU recorded rounds of 301, 292 and 286 for a 54-hole score of 15-over 879. Senior Kevin Roy was the top player for the 49ers as he tied for 26th with a 2-under 214. Junior Philip Chian tied for 39th (+1), while freshman Xander Schauffele finished with a 4-over tying for 55th. Senior Kevin Lim tied for 77th (+13) and freshman JJ Holen finished in 82nd (+16).
LA QUINTA RESORT TO HOST 2012 BIG WEST MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Big West Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell announced that the La Quinta Resort will play host to the 2012 Big West Men's Golf Championship. The championship will begin on Sunday, April 29 and conclude on Tuesday, May 1. The Pete Dye designed Mountain Course is located right in the heart of the La Quinta Resort and is the former home of the PGA Senior Skins Game. The tournament will feature all nine Big West men's golf teams which will play 18 holes each day of the tournament. The champion will advance to the NCAA Tournament.
FOUR 49ERS PLAY AT CAL POLY INVITATIONAL
Four 49ers played as individuals in the Firestone Grill Cal Poly Invitational at the par-71, 6,810 yard Monarch Dunes Golf Course in Nipomo. Freshman Kevin Teckakanoboon was the top player for LBSU, tying for 12th place at 7-over 220, followed by classmate Ben Heisey tied for 27th (+11) and junior Raymond Ho tied for 29th (+12). Freshman Matt Fliss finished at 23-over, tying for 56th.
MOTHER NATURE WASHES OUT HUSKY INVITATIONAL
Heavy rains forced the cancellation of the first and second rounds of the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational in Bremerton, Wash. Over an inch of rain had accumulated at the Gold Mountain Golf Course as the 49ers and the 15 other teams waited all day to see if there would be a break in the weather. But tournament officials had decided by the afternoon to cancel the first day of the Husky Invitational due to the inclement weather and course conditions.
The 49ers return to action, April 29-May 1, traveling to the desert for the Big West Conference Championship at the La Quinta Resort Mountain Course.
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