The Long Beach State men’s golf team came from behind to capture its first tournament victory of the season Tuesday in the Braveheart Classic at the par-72 7,003 yard Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif.
The 49ers rallied from an 11-stroke deficit after two rounds of play to finish two shots ahead of second-place finisher Loyola Marymount in the 15-team field.
The ‘Niners, which shot a 17-over-par 593 through two rounds, carded a blistering 11-under 277 in the third round to finish with an overall score of 6-over 870.
UC Riverside, which hosted the tournament, placed in 9th with a 38-over 902.
The Beach, which only had one of its players — junior Kevin Roy —break the top 15 in the individual leaderboard through the first day, ended up with three top 12 finishers.
Roy led the way for LBSU as he finished in a tie for fourth-place with an even-par 216 score. The junior improved by three strokes from Monday’s total, and finished eight shots behind first-place finisher Jack Sarnoff of Loyola Marymount. Sarnoff carded a stellar 8-under 208 for the tournament.
Meanwhile, LBSU’s Philip Chian drastically improved from Monday’s totals as he registered the lowest score among the entire field in the third round. Chian shot a 5-under 67 in the final round as he jumped 17 spots to finish in a tie for seventh place. Chian carded a 1-over 217 through all three rounds.
Teammate Benjamin Lein finished in 12th as he registered an overall score of 3-over 219. Lein, who began the final round tied for 33rd, recorded a 1-under 71 Tuesday.
Kevin Lim also registered a solid finish in the individual leaderboard following a two-stroke jump to finish tied for 26th at 8-over 224.
Raymond Ho was the only LBSU player to drop in the leaderboard as he slipped 26 spots from Monday for a 67th-place finish. Ho finished with a 19-over 235.
The Beach won’t return to action until May 2 for the start of the two-day Big West Conference Championship tournament in Mission Viejo, Calif.