Hutchison, Le Earn Big West Golfer of the Month Accolades
The Big West Golfers of the Month for September each captured individual tournament titles.
Hutchison Captures Windon Memorial Classic Title
UC Davis sophomore Thomas Hutchison (San Jose, Calif./Pioneer HS) received the Big West Men’s Golfer of the Month award on the strength of two top-10 finishes, which included his first career individual medalist honor.
Hutchison averaged 69.66 for the month of September – 418 strokes in six rounds. He tied the Windon Memorial Classic tournament record for best 54-hole score of 205 strokes to claim the individual title by two strokes over Iowa State’s Tripp Kenney.
The 205-stroke total matched two previous performances at the Windon: Tulsa’s Colton Staggs in 2014 and Michigan’s Matt Thompson in 2011.
Hutchison carded a career-best 64 to open the tournament, and followed with rounds of 73 and 68 to finish at 11-under overall. He collected three birdies on the front nine and another three on the back en route to his 68.
His 64 also tied for third-lowest round in both Aggie history and Windon Memorial annals.
Hutchison began the month with another top-10 showing, tying for ninth at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in USAFA, Colo. He recorded rounds of 71, 73 and 69 for a 3-under 213 aggregate.
The 2017 Big West Freshman of the Year, Hutchison helped the Aggies finish third at the Falcon Invite and eighth at the Windon Memorial.
He is currently 63rd in Golfweek’s individual Sagarin rankings.
Others nominated: Dominick Hoover (Cal Poly); Dalton Daniel (Cal State Fullerton)
Le Claims Second Individual Title
UC Riverside senior Jakeishya Le (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei HS) earned Big West Women’s Golfer of the Month accolades for September as she achieved her second career individual tournament title.
Le won the Desert Intercollegiate with a 2-over 218 for the competition. She sandwiched two rounds of 71 around a 76. In the final round, she collected four birdies, two in the final three holes.
Winning her first title since taking the Red Rocks Invitational her freshman year, Le was the tourney’s best performer for Par 4 average (4.03, +1) and tied for the best Par 3 average (3.00).
Le also tied for 25th place in a field of 90 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Vail, Colo. She recorded a 2-under 70 in the first round to start out in a tie for fifth, then carded two straight rounds of 75 to finish at 4-over 220.
Others nominated: Courtney Sharkey (Cal State Fullerton); Hunter Pate (Long Beach State); Christine Danielsson (UC Davis); Janet Yeo (UC Irvine); Megan Ratcliffe (Hawai‘i)