Southern California golf phenom hired as LBSU assistant coach

Inside the Walter Pyramid, LBSU’s new women’s golf assistant coach, McKenzie Raim, speaks with poise about her first coaching gig.  Surfaces holding books and stacks of paper line the walls, but the layout is purposeful and uncluttered. Raim grew up two hours east of Long Beach in sunny Palm Desert, and though her office isn’t cold, she wears a thick black Nike vest. “The hotter the better,” Raim says. Raim attended UNLV, partly because of her preference for playing in the heat. She had an accomplished playing career there, including a second place finish at the 2018 Mountain West Conference championship and multiple individual wins. Like a true coach, however, she stresses that the 13 team wins she was a part of are much more important to her than the individual accomplishments. In hiring Raim, Long Beach head coach Joey Cerulle cited her experience at UNLV as part of her qualifications for the job at LBSU. “McKenzie, at UNLV, was lead and mentored under a coach that had similar philosophies [to ours], so it makes sense for her to come and learn in a program that was in the same genre,” Cerulle said. “She’s an excellent fit.” Raim decided to

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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

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LBSU women’s golf takes 4th in The Gold Rush

The Long Beach State women’s golf team opened and closed out The Gold Rush tournament strong, but settled for 4th place in the team’s host event at El Dorado Park. “It was another step in the right direction,” head coach Joey Cerulle said. “We were very close to being where we wanted to be at.” LBSU carded the low round of the event at 2-over par 290 in the first round of action, asserting themselves as the favorite to take care of business on it’s home course. Junior Cara Barker and sophomore Holland Shourds each shot 1-under par 71 to help Long Beach to an early lead. “To come out in the first round and just put the hammer down on the field was awesome,” Cerulle said. The second round was a different story for Long Beach, who shot 21-over par as the conditions got worsened later in the day. Some miscues in the second round put them eight strokes back of eventual winners, Georgia. They were scheduled to play in Puerto Rico this week, but because of the damage done by hurricane Maria, opted to play in Long Beach as an alternative. The Bulldogs were the only team to

LBSU women’s golf back to its winning ways

The Long Beach State women’s golf team raised its first trophy in over two years after winning at the UC Irvine Invitational Tuesday. 15-over par 879 was the winning score thanks to performances by juniors Cara Barker and Haley Tygret, who both placed in the top 10. “I feel like the team woke up this morning with a mentality like, ‘This is ours today,’” head coach Joey Cerulle said. “Being in the position to win this week and then going out and finishing is what we’ve been waiting for.” After placing 5th, 12th and 9th this season, the team has made it a point of focus to close out tournaments when in a position to win. “We’ve seen results and signs that have led us to believe that we would be able to win this year,” Cerulle said. The 49ers fared best at Santa Ana Country Club, which includes two 18-hole, par-72 tracks. Course one plays 6,129 yards and averaged 76.73 strokes in rounds one and two while the second course is 6,072 yards and played five strokes over par. Long Beach’s “B” team finished fifth at 31-over par 895 thanks to sophomore Euna Pak placing third in the individual

LBSU women’s golf takes ninth at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.

The Long Beach State women’s golf team finished ninth in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown after a combined score of 19-over par 883. Sophomore Maria Davis and senior Jennifer Yu come home tied for 20th at 1-over par 217. LBSU found itself back in action after almost a month out of competition at the 6,343 yard par-72 Boulder Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas. The 95 player field averaged about 4 strokes over par and proved to be a challenge for all 16 teams in the tournament. “Our last two rounds were great considering the conditions we had to deal with,” head coach Joey Cerulle said. “[The wind] was blowing 10-15 mph with 20 mph gusts on Monday and then 15-20 mph with 25 mph gusts [on Tuesday].” An opening round 6-over par 294 put the 49ers in 12th place after the first day of action. They would move three spots up the leaderboard after a second round 291, thanks to another even par round by Yu. The third round saw everybody in the field struggle due to some tough wind conditions. Despite a 10-over par 298, the 49ers remained in ninth to wrap up the week. Yu led the

LBSU women’s golf in tie for ninth at Coeur D’Alene Collegiate

After a promising start to the Coeur D’Alene Collegiate, the LBSU women’s golf team fell from third to ninth place in day one of action on Tuesday. After the first 18 holes, the 49ers shot a team score of 1-over par 285, but could not follow it up in the second round and shot an 8-over par 292. “Our first round was fantastic and the conditions were absolutely perfect,” head coach Joey Cerulle said. “The second round was really tough; I don’t think me or my assistant saw one birdie putt drop.” The Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course is a 6,088-yard par-71 track with an average score of 73.68 after 180 rounds from the field. Senior Savannah Knox made the starting five roster after a strong week of qualifying setting up her first round 1-under par 70, the best score all day for LBSU. She made three birdies on the front-nine and played an even par back-nine finishing in a tie for eighth place in the field. “[Knox’s] first round was great and it was good to see her play 36 hole coming off a knee surgery,” Cerulle said. It was a different story in her second round, after a

Making the cut

Golf is very different than other sports and the process of qualifying for a spot on the team at a competitive level is easily one of the most unique aspects. From my experience playing and covering sports, I have found that there is no uniform way for a team or coach to set their lineup. While they may believe they are getting the best players on the court or field, I believe that golf has found the only bulletproof solution. At almost every level of the game, there is a qualifying tournament that awards players a spot into the next tournament, where their score will determine if they gain entry into the next tournament and so on. For the Long Beach State women’s golf team, the format is actually quite simple. Any golfer that finishes in the top-25 of an event has an automatic bid into the next tournament. The remaining two spots are decided by the golfers themselves, the best two qualifying scores get in and the others stay home. They do this over and over throughout their college career before they turn pro and have to qualify for more events. It may seem like a vicious cycle and

LBSU women’s golf places fifth

In its first event of the fall 2017 season, the Long Beach State women’s golf team finished in fifth place at the Colonel Bill Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic in Fort Collins, Colorado after the final round on Tuesday. The 49ers were led by junior Haley Tygret, who shot a 3-under par 69 in the final round on Tuesday. “I was really proud of how everyone played this week,” Tygret said. “It was a pretty big challenge, but we all played our games and I feel good about our first tournament.” Tygret’s 2-under par score of 214 for the week also placed her in a tie for sixth place, the fifth top-10 finish in her career. Head coach Joey Cerulle was very pleased with Tygret’s final round performance in Colorado. “I want to say that’s the first time she has ever shot a final round under-par,” Cerulle said. “Our mantra on the course this week was, ‘finish’ and [Tygret] really embodied that on Tuesday.” LBSU’s next top score was a three round 219 from senior Jennifer Yu that placed her 13th in the field of 84 golfers. Consecutive 1-under par 71’s in her second and third rounds helped Yu recover from

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