Winds force cancellation of final round at Chico State Invitational
Oct. 8, 2013
CORNING, Calif. - Sustained winds of 25 miles per hour-plus had golf balls rolling off the greens and forced cancellation of Tuesday's final round at the Chico State InterWest Fall Classic held at the 7,164-yard Sevillano Links.
Chico State was named the tournament champion by virtue of its 5-under par 571 after 36 holes Monday. The nationally 12th-ranked Wildcats won by eight strokes over No.10 Cal State Stanislaus. It marked the second time in three years that Chico State has won its tournament.
Chico State's Ricky Owaki won the medalist title by three strokes at 7-under 137 on the strength of a tournament-tying second-round 66 Monday. Cal State Stanislaus' Anthony Manguray finished second at 4-under, and Chico State's Lee Gearhart, Cal State Stanislaus' Trevor Clayton, and Simon Fraser's Bret Thompson finished tied for third at 2-under.
WWU placed fifth with a score of 597.
WWU takes a week off from competition before finishing the fall portion of its schedule with trip to the Cal State Monterey Bay Invitational on Oct. 21-22.
Men's Golf: Strong Fall For Simon Fraser
PORTLAND, Ore. - Three GNAC men's golf teams will each wrap up their fall 2013 schedules in the next three weeks, while the other two have already packed away the clubs until the spring.
Next week, Northwest Nazarene tees off one final time in 2013 at the Sonoma State Invitational, running Oct. 14-15 in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Western Washington finishes off its fall slate the following Monday (Oct. 21) at the Cal State Monterey Bay Invite in Seaside, Calif.
Saint Martin's will be the final GNAC men's golf team on the course this fall, making the trip to Waikoloa, Hi., for the three-day Dennis Rose Invitational running Oct. 27-29.
Simon Fraser wrapped up its season this week at the Chico State InterWest Wildcat Classic, while MSU Billings completed round two of its match play with Rocky Mountain College to close out 2013.
HIGHLIGHTS: With a pair of major tournaments over the past 10 days, GNAC schools had a good opportunity to size one another up and compete against conference golfers.
In the Golfweek Invitational last week, Simon Fraser was the top-finishing GNAC school, notching a three-round total of 941 to tie Colorado Springs for eighth place. Western Washington and Saint Martin's also participated, each finishing in the bottom half of the 15-team field.
SFU's Mike Belle (Sr., Burnaby, BC - St. Thomas More) was the top GNAC individual at the event, finishing with a total of 231 (78-73-80) and a tie for 14th place on the leader board against nationally ranked competition. His effort earned the senior GNAC Male Golfer of the Week honors for the period ending Oct. 6.
Mark Strickland (Jr., Mukilteo, WA - Kamiak) was WWU's top finisher with a score of 235 (75-79-81) for 31st place, while SMU's Ryan Pickthorn (So., Damascus, OR - Clackamas) carded a 239 (81-79-79) to lead the Saints.
The weather-shortened Chico State InterWest Wildcat Classic proved to be a more favorable course for GNAC schools, as SFU and WWU each finished in the top-five. The final round of the tournament was cancelled, due to sustained winds of more than 25 miles per hour.
The Clan's Bret Thompson (So., Winnipeg, MB - St. Paul's) logged a two-under par 142 (73-69) to tie for third place, as he was just five strokes off the pace of the tournament champion. Thompson was named GNAC Male Golfer of the Week for the period ending Oct. 13. Nick Hardy (Sr., Edmonds, WA - Kings) of NNU also finished in the top-10 with a total of 144 (75-69), while WWU's Kyle Schrader (Jr., Olympia, WA - Biola) (70-77) and Strickland (72-75) tied for 12th with totals of 147.
Despite a 13th-place finish at the Chico State Invite, MSU Billings came in as the runner-up at the Rocky Mountain Invitational, logging a three-round score of 868. Brad Harrelson (Sr., Snoqualmie, WA - Mount Si) was the Yellowjackets' top golfer, notching a score of 212 (72-67-73) and finishing four strokes behind the tournament champion.
NOTABLE: A 50-yard eagle shot made by Hardy on Monday helped the senior to a three-under 69 in what ended up being his final round of the InterWest Classic...CSU Stanislaus (10) and Chico State (12) gave GNAC schools a look at nationally-ranked competition at the InterWest Classic...Simon Fraser was the top-finishing GNAC school in all three tournaments it participated in this fall...the GNAC individual low-round score at the Golfweek Invitational was 73, recorded by WWU's Schrader and David Fonua (Fr., Seattle, WA - O'Dea), as well as SFU's Belle and TJ McColl (Sr., Surrey, BC - Fleetwood Park)...only two golfers - the top two individual finishers - broke the 70 mark at the Golfweek Invite, the low being 67. FALL SCHEDULE: October - 14-15: NNU at Sonoma State Invitational. 21-22: WWU at CSU Monterey Bay Invitational. 27-29: SMU at Dennis Rose Invitational.
SONOMA STATE INVITE GNAC RECORDS: 36-Hole Total - 142, Xavier Dailly, WWU, 67-75 (Oct. 19-20, 2009). 54-Hole Total - 205, Jake Koppenberg, WWU, 66-73-66 (Oct. 22-23, 2007). Single Round - 66, Jake Koppenberg, WWU (Oct. 22-23, 2007). 36-Hole Total, Team - 586, Saint Martin's, 295-290, and Western Washington, 289-296 (Oct. 19-20, 2009). 54-Hole Total, Team - 853, Western Washington, 283-282-288 (Oct. 22-23, 2007). Single Round, Team - 282, Western Washington (Oct. 23, 2007).
CSU MONTEREY BAY GNAC RECORDS: 54-Hole Total - 216, Dylan Goodwin, WWU, 76-73-67 (Oct. 24-25, 2011). Single Round - 67, Dylan Goodwin, WWU (Oct. 25, 2011). 54-Hole Total, Team - 887, WWU, 297-302-288 (Oct. 24-25, 2011). Single Round, Team - 288, WWU (Oct. 25, 2011).
DENNIS ROSE GNAC RECORDS: 54-Hole Total - 218, Brandon Moore, SMU, 71-76-71, (Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2011). Single Round - 71, Five with. 54-Hole Total, Team - 890, Saint Martin's, 298-305-287 (Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2011). Single Round, Team - 287, SMU (Nov. 1, 2011).
Rocky Mountain Invitational (Sept. 29-30, 2013 at Peter Yegen Golf Course, Billings, MT): Team Scores - 1. Westminster College 863 (291-280-292); 2. MSU Billings 868 (294-278-296). Individuals (Top 30) - 1. Daniel Thompsett, Rocky Mountain 208 (72-67-69) 2. Brad Harrelson, MSUB 212 (72-67-73) 5. Gage Huft, MSUB 215 (73-70-72) 9. Jacob Letman, MSUB 217 (73-71-73) T-11. Austin Westphal, MSUB 219 (74-73-72) T-26. Tanner Berg, MSUB 226 (77-70-79).
Golfweek Invitational (Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2013 at Crosswater Club, Sunriver, OR): Team Scores - 1. Cal State Monterey Bay 893 (302-288-303); T-8. Simon Fraser 941 (330-297-314); 12. Western Washington 950 (319-315-316); 14. Saint Martin's 959 (328-313-318). Individuals (Top 50) - 1. Brandon Hortt, CSU Monterey Bay 217 (76-68-73) T-14. Michael Belle, SFU 231 (78-73-80) T-31. Mark Strickland, WWU 235 (75-79-81) T-34. Kyle Schrader, WWU 236 (83-80-73) T-37. TJ McColl, SFU 237 (88-73-76) T-44. Lucas Gatto, SFU 239 (86-74-79) T-44. Ryan Pickthorn, SMU 239 (81-79-79) T-44. Bret Thompson, SFU 239 (79-78-82) T-48. Kevin Cullen, SMU 240 (78-80-82) T-48. Ben Fosnick, SMU 240 (87-75-78) 50. David Fonua, WWU 241 (87-73-81).
InterWest Wildcat Classic (Oct. 7-8, 2013 at Sevillano Links, Corning, CA): Team Scores - 1. Chico State 571 (288-283) 4. Simon Fraser 594 (307-287) 5. Western Washington 597 (293-304) T-8. Northwest Nazarene 607 (306-301) 13. Montana State Billings 625 (310-315). Individuals (Top 30) - 1. Ricky Owaki, Chico State 137 (71-66) T-3. Bret Thompson, SFU 142 (73-69) T-7. Nick Hardy, NNU 144 (75-69) T-12. Kyle Schrader, WWU 147 (70-77) T-12. Mark Strickland, WWU 147 (72-75) T-20. Connor Magnuson, NNU 149 (73-76) T-26. Mike Belle, SFU 150 (79-71) T-30. Chris Hatch, WWU 151 (74-77).
2013 RED LION GOLFERS OF THE WEEK: Sept. 9-15 - Nick Hardy, NNU Sept. 16-22 - Brad Harrelson, MSUB Sept. 23 - Oct. 6 - Mike Belle, SFU Oct. 7 - 13 - Bret Thompson, SFU.
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