Big West Conference Freshman of the Year Xander Schauffele and the 49ers travels to Athens, Ga. for the NCAA Tournament. (Photo by Gerry Fall/UCSB)
May 14, 2012
2011-12 LONG BEACH STATE MEN'S GOLF
Tournament No. 13
at NCAA Tournament - Athens Regional
May 17-19, 2012
Hosted by University of Georgia
UGA Golf Course - Par-71, 7,253 yards
Thursday, May 17 - Opening Round, 5 a.m. -7:30 a.m. PST, 1st & 10th tees (Golfstat.com)
Friday, May 18 - Second Round, 5 a.m. -7:30 a.m. PST., 1st & 10th tees (Golfstat.com)
Saturday, May 19 - Final Round, 5:30 a.m.-7 a.m. PST, 1st & 10th tees (Golfstat.com)
The No. 40-ranked Long Beach State men's golf team travels to the state of Georgia for the 2012 NCAA Athens Regional, May 17-19 at the at the par-71, 7,253 yard University of Georgia Golf Course. The three-day, 54-hole tournament begins on Thursday, May 17 with opening round tee times from 5 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. (PST) from the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. Second round action is scheduled for Friday, May 18 with the same tee times, followed by final round play concluding on Saturday, May 19, with tee times beginning from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. (PST). Live play of all three rounds will be available on Golfstat.com.
ATHENS REGIONAL FIELD
LBSU is one of 13 teams competing in the NCAA Athens Regional and will be the No. 7-seed. The top-five teams from the six regional sites will advance to the NCAA Championship at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., May 29-June 3. Seniors Kevin Roy and Kevin Lim, juniors Philip Chian and Raymond Ho and freshman Xander Schauffele will represent the 49ers as they go up against No. 1-seed Alabama, (2) North Florida, (3) New Mexico, (4) Georgia, (5) Iowa, (6) East Carolina, (8) Augusta State, (9) Wake Forest, (10) Houston, (11) Texas-Arlington, (12) North Carolina-Wilmington, (13) Loyola (Maryland). LBSU will be facing all 12 teams in the Athens Regional for the first time this season.
LBSU RECEIVES AT-LARGE BID INTO NCAA TOURNAMENT
Long Beach State received an at-large bid into the 2012 NCAA Tournament by virture of their high ranking in Golfstat and in the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings. This will be the 49ers third-ever appearance in NCAA postseason play and first since 2004, when LBSU won the Big West Conference Championship and received the automatic berth. The 49ers made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament back in 2000, when LBSU received an at-large berth into the west regional.
SCHAUFFELE NAMED BIG WEST FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Xander Schauffele was named Big West Conference Freshman of the Year for his outstanding performance during the 2011-12 campaign. Schauffele competed in all 10 tournaments for the 49ers, recording the second lowest stroke average of 72.40. The San Diego native captured his first career tournament title at the OGIO-UCSB Invitational with a 54-hole score of 8-under-par 208. In his first tournament as a 49er, Schauffele posted a career-low 66 in the final round of The Prestige at PGA WEST. He has recorded five top-10 and three top-20 finishes this season. Schauffele is the first 49er to receive Freshman of the Year honors since 2009.
LIM, ROY SELECTED FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG WEST
Seniors Kevin Lim and Kevin Roywere named First Team All-Big West for their record-breaking season at LBSU. Lim, the Big West Freshman of the Year in 2009, captured his first career tournament victory at the Anteater Invitational, winning by one-stroke over fellow teammate Roy with a 1-under 212. Lim fired a career-low 66 in the final round of the Bandon Dunes Championship in Bandon, Ore., placing second at 3-under. The native from Seoul, Korea, collected six top-10's and two top-20 finishes en route to a pair of Big West Golfer of the Month awards for March and April. Roy, played in all 10 tournaments for LBSU, leading the team with a stroke average of 72.33. The native from Syracuse, N.Y. posted six top-10 finishes and one top-20, earning him Big West Golfer of the Month for February. Roy carded a career-low 67 in the second round of the Anteater Invitational, tying for second place at even-par. Roy received honorable mention in 2011.
YOKOI NAMED BIG WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
First-year head coach Mickey Yokoi was tabbed Big West Coach of the Year for leading LBSU to a record five touranment titles and a berth into the NCAA Tournament. Yokoi is only the third coach in program history to receive coach of the year honors after longtime coaches Del Walker (1982, 1986, 1994) and Bob Livingstone(2000, 2006) earned the award. Yokoi, led LBSU to their highest ranking in program history, when the 49ers were ranked as high as 39th in the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings.
LBSU PLACES SECOND AT BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIP
Long Beach State shot a team best 282 in the final round of the Big West Conference Men's Golf Championship on Tuesday, but it wasn't enough to catch tournament champion UC Davis as the 49ers finished one stroke behind the Aggies. LBSU was in fourth place and seven shots behind the Aggies after Monday's second round at the par-72, 6,771 yard La Quinta Resort Mountain Course. UC Davis claimed its second consecutive Big West Championship and received the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Senior Kevin Roy and junior Philip Chian were the top finishers for the 49ers as both players tied for sixth at 2-under 214.
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