Women’s and men’s golf place in top two

Jennifer Yu led the Long Beach State women’s golf team to the Big West Championship Tuesday at Strawberry Farms Golf Club. It’s the second time in school history that Long Beach has claimed the title since its Big West win in 2009. Yu had a dominant performance finishing in first-place and carding a two-under par 69 in her final round of the tournament. The senior had a slow start with back-to-back bogeys, but quickly got on track with four birdies, including two in the final holes. She is the first Long Beach State player since 2007 to win the individual title joining former 49er Kay Hoey. Haley Tygret would tie for fifth after shooting a 73, two-over par. Holland Shourds was the third 49er to finish in the top 10, tieing for eight-place. Long Beach secured the tournament victory, with second place UC Davis finishing the course 10 strokes above. After winning the Big West Championship, the team automatically earns an invitation to the NCAA Regionals. The NCAA Tournament announcement will be on April 25. Joe Fryer placed first for the Long Beach State men’s golf team after shooting one-over par 73 at the UC Santa Barbara Collegiate Tuesday. The

By | 2018-04-17T22:57:04-07:00 Apr 17, 2018 | 10:57 pm|Categories: Men's Golf, Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Golf, Women's Sports|Tags: , , , , , , |

Long Beach enters the GCU Invitational with top player Joe Fryer back to winning ways

Although he did not know it, Long Beach State men’s golf junior Joe Fryer teed off on the 17th hole in the final round of the Sacramento State Invitational March 6 as the tournament leader. Instead of checking the live scoring system throughout the round like he normally does, he decided that he would just stay in the moment and finish the round with peak focus. “I wasn’t looking at the leaderboard at all, so I didn’t know where I was at in the tournament,” Fryer said. “I just really wanted to stick to my own game regardless of how things were going.” Fryer needed to hold onto a one-stroke lead with two holes to play to capture his second career win for Long Beach. After his approach shot fell short of the 17th green at Valley High Country Club in Elk Grove, he chipped in for a birdie from the fringe about 10 feet from the pin to get to 5-under for the round. The shot of his week pushed his lead to two strokes where it would stand after he made par to secure the win. “He’s just very skilled and clearly one of the best players on

By | 2018-03-14T21:36:42-07:00 Mar 14, 2018 | 9:36 pm|Categories: Men's Golf, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Today|Tags: , , , , , , |

Long Beach State men’s golf Joe Fryer medals at the Sacramento Invitational

The Long Beach State men’s golf team went from a 14th place finish last week to a tie for first after the final round at the Sacramento State Invitational Tuesday. Junior Joe Fryer won his second career event after a 5-under par 67 to climb to the top of the leaderboard from fourth place. “It was a good bounce back for the guys after last week,” head coach Michael Wilson said. “[They] were competitive and hungry.” Long Beach tied for the top score with Grand Canyon University, but due to a scorecard playoff, did not take the title. The 49ers five-man team score in the final round was 370 compared to the Antelopes’ 361, which made them repeat champions of the event held at Valley Hi Country Club in Elk Grove. Long Beach held the overnight lead after a 5-over par 293 in round one and a 2-under par 286 gave them a 3-stroke advantage on the field. GCU made a 4-under par charge Tuesday en route to its third win this year. Despite the end result, Long Beach played some of its best golf this season. “Experience is precious,” Wilson said. “You won’t ever learn what it’s like until

By | 2018-03-06T23:09:38-07:00 Mar 6, 2018 | 11:09 pm|Categories: Men's Golf, Men's Sports, Sports|

Men’s golf finishes fifth at Waves Challenge

After a three month break from competitive play, the Long Beach State men’s golf team returned to action in the Waves Challenge hosted by Pepperdine at Saticoy Country Club in Somis, California. High winds and fast greens caused first and second round scores to reach the mid-80’s and the 49ers finished fifth out of 15 teams. “Even without as much wind as [Monday], the course was still playing very tough,” junior Andres Gonzalez said. “You still have to change the way you play because the greens are fast and have a lot of false fronts.” Wind gusts up to 30 mph blew during round one and part of the round two on Monday, resulting in a team score of 41-over par 617. The effort was still enough for second place in the tournament, although they trailed Pepperdine by 23 strokes heading into the final 18 holes. “The best part about this week was that we were able to stay in second for a majority of all three rounds,” Gonzalez said. “It wasn’t until the end when we stopped playing as well and fell to fifth.” Gonzalez led Long Beach in scoring with a three round score of 9-over par 225

By | 2018-01-31T22:47:46-07:00 Jan 31, 2018 | 10:47 pm|Categories: Men's Golf, Men's Sports, Sports, Today|Tags: , , , , |

Men’s golf sits in third place at Waves Challenge

Wind gusts of up to 30 mph swirled through Saticoy Country Club in Somis, California where the Long Beach State men’s golf team opened the spring season Monday. The strong winds inflated scores during rounds one and two of the Waves Challenge in which the 49ers find themselves third out of 15 teams. Round two was suspended due to darkness and players will pick up where they left off on Tuesday and then immediately start the final round. “I’ve seen windier days and courses with tougher hole locations, but it was a combination of both extremes today,” first year coach Michael Wilson said. “I was still impressed with the guys because they battled hard even though it would have been easy to just pack it in.” The wind only added to the challenges of the course that measures nearly 7,000 yards and produced an average score of 81.61 from a field of 77 players. Junior Andres Gonzalez and sophomore Hunter Reed were sharp in their return from a three-month hiatus from competitive play. Both shot 3-over par 75 in round one to tie for fourth. “I was very motivated by the long break and it was exciting to be back

LBSU men’s golf finishes tied for sixth at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational

The Long Beach State men’s golf team concluded the fall half of its season with a sixth-place finish at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational. With a 3-round score of 4-under par 860. All four appearances the team has made since September have resulted in top-10 finishes, making a pretty big statement to kick-off its 2017-18 campaign. The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton plays 7,082 yards and averages over one stroke above the par score of 72. Junior Andres Gonzalez had a great week of golf scoring a 69, 72, and final round of 68 for a 7-under par 209 and finishing in a tie for ninth place. Gonzalez had the second most birdies in the tournament with 16 and jumped three spots after his 68 in the final round when he nailed six birdies. His performance last weekend marks the second time this season in which all three round scores in a single event were par for the course or lower. Junior Joe Fryer had an uncharacteristic weekend placing in a tie for 42nd at 2-over par 218. A final round 3-over par 75 made him fall 21 spots to his worst finish since the spring of 2016 and

By | 2017-10-30T12:53:16-07:00 Oct 29, 2017 | 9:25 pm|Categories: Men's Golf, Men's Sports, Sports, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , |

LBSU men’s golf team finished third at the Bill Cullum Invitational

After the first and second rounds of the Bill Cullum Invitational, first-year head coach Michael Wilson predicted that the Long Beach State men’s golf team would win its first tournament of the season — if the team could just shoot under par in the third round. Sitting in a tie for second place at 9-under, the 49ers shot an even-par final round 288 and dropped to third place. “The team just fought and competed all day, and the result wasn’t due to a lack of effort,” Wilson said. “The guys just weren’t able to score today, and sometimes that’s how it goes.” Juniors Patrick Pockels and Joe Fryer finished tied for sixth at 4-under par 212, after three consistent rounds of 72, 67 and 73 and 69, 72 and 71 respectively. It’s Pockels second top-10 finish in three starts this season and Fryer has now been in the top-10 in all three of his starts. Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley is a 6,849 par-72 golf course that is home to Cal State Northridge. The Matadors were one of five Big West Conference teams competing in the Bill Cullum Invitational, and gave LBSU a good opportunity to see where

LBSU men’s golf team tied for second after day one of the Bill Cullum Invitational

After lighting up Wood Ranch Golf Club for 32 birdies over the first two rounds Monday, the Long Beach State men’s golf team sits in a tie for second place at the Bill Cullum Invitational. The 49ers took a liking to the 6,849 par-72 course in Simi Valley, finishing with a combined score of 9-under 568, and will look to close in on their first win of the season. “Today was a really solid team effort which was cool to see from our guys,” first-year head coach Michael Wilson said. “A lot of them closed out their rounds well today, which makes me excited to see how it goes tomorrow.” Junior Patrick Pockels finished the day 5-under par 139 after making 13 birdies, seven of which came in his second round 67, springing him into a tie for third out of 91 players. “He was a little up and down in the morning, but was able to find a good pace about him and hit some really great shots in the afternoon,” Wilson said. LBSU’s most consistent player this season, junior Joe Fryer, was steady in day one as well, posting scores of 69 and 72. Fryer sits in a

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