UCR golf tops four Big West teams at the Bill Cullum Invitational

Courtesy of UCR Athletics
Courtesy of UCR Athletics

The UC Riverside men’s golf team visited the Wood Ranch Golf Course over the past week. They placed ninth out of 16 schools at the Bill Cullum Invitational, scoring higher than four other Big West teams including CSUN (16th place), Cal State Fullerton (8th), Hawaii (13th), and UCI (15th). Only UCSB (6th), and CSULB (5th) scored lower. Loyola Marymount took the tournament altogether with a total score of 842. UCR finished with 875, 33 shots behind first place.

The individual leader was Fidel Concepcion from Southern Utah who shot -9 overall. UCR’s leader was Matt Lutz +1 at tied for 25th and Sam Gillis who shot +1 and was tied for 29th.

Before the start of the final round, Loyola Marymount lead with -17, while UCR was 22 shots behind.  Rather than going up the rankings, UC Riverside ended up having to deal with Cal State Fullerton, who placed fourth on the day but luckily finished one spot shy of the Highlanders.

Loyola Marymount ended up winning the tournament, finishing three shots ahead of Seattle University and five shots ahead of third placed Santa Clara. Pepperdine University went from fourth place to second place by shooting under nine on the day.

Individually, Highlander Brandon Tsujimoto scored the team-low of the day with a 72 par, while Andrew Spilman shot a 74. Anthony Bonales shot an 81 on the day while Luke Park shot an 80.

The Highlanders proved that they could keep up with the competitive nature of division one sports as they continued to show their high level of play at the Bill Cullum Invitational.

The Highlanders will compete next on the 29th of October at the Pacific Invitational in Stockton, California.

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