UC Irvine Wins Eighth Big West Men's Golf Title
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BWC 18 MG Final Results
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Big West Men's Golf Championship Live Scoring
In a round that came down to the final putt, UC Irvine narrowly secured its eighth Big West Conference men’s golf title with a one-stroke advantage over top-seeded UC Davis. Playing on the “Ike” Eisenhower course (par 72, 6,989 yards) at the Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms in City of Industry, Calif., the ‘Eaters entered the final round tied for first with host Cal State Fullerton, but the Titans struggled on day three. UC Davis surged in the final round but UC Irvine managed to hold off the Aggies with a three-round total of 5-under 852, locking down its first conference crown since 2015.
For the second straight day, the Aggies fired a low-round score of 280 for a total of 853 to sit one stroke back in second place. UC Santa Barbara, the 2017 Big West champion, secured the third spot after carding 860. Long Beach State was fourth at 863 while host Cal State Fullerton (866) fell on some bad luck and dropped to fifth. Cal Poly notched the sixth slot with a score of 876 and was followed by CSUN (879), UC Riverside (885) and Hawai’i (907).
UC Santa Barbara’s Brandon Bauman, who led the tournament from day one, tied UC Davis’ Ryan Han for the top spot with an 8-under 208. Han clinched the conference’s automatic qualifier following a two-hole playoff. UC Irvine’s Davis Kim and Cal State Fullerton’s Martin Manalo tied for third after carding 5-under 211. Kim’s teammate, Jonathan Kang, rounded out the top five with a 4-under 212.
UC Irvine automatically qualifies for one of six NCAA regionals, scheduled for May 13-16. Sites are the Brookside Golf and Country Club in Stockton, Calif., Reunion Resort in Reunion, Fla., Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C., OSU Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio, Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla., and Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas. The 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship will be held May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.
The 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships selections announcement will take place next Wednesday, May 2 at 6 p.m. ET, on Golf Channel, during Golf Central, and streamed live on the Golf Channel website.
Big West Golf Championship
Par 72 • Yardage 6,989
1. UC Irvine - 284-285-283=852
2. UC Davis - 293-280-280=853
3. UC Santa Barbara - 284-290-286=860
4. Long Beach State - 289-287-287=863
5. Cal State Fullerton - 282-287-297=866
6. Cal Poly - 301-288-287=876
7. CSUN - 305-288-286=879
8. UC Riverside - 290-296-299=885
9. Hawai’i - 309-300-298=907