May 12, 2014

Titans Head to Illinois for NCAA Sugar Grove Regionals

 2014 Postseason Guide 

FULLERTON, Calif.-- After concluding the spring capturing its second consecutive Big West Championship in San Jacinto, Calif., last month, the Cal State Fullerton men's golf team heads to the NCAA Division I regionals in Sugar Grove, Ill., as the No. 10 seed and one of 14 teams competing in the Sugar Grove Regional on May 15-17.

 

THE COURSE: The three-day event will be contested at the Rich Harvest Farms Country Club, playing at 7,151 yards from the tournament tees for the 54-hole event. Play begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 15 for the first round, continuing with a start on Friday, May 16 also at 8 a.m. for the second round, and will conclude Saturday, May 17 for the final 18 holes at 7:30 a.m. There are four par-5's, 10 par-4's and four par-3's that make up the par-72 course. 


Since its completion, Rich Harvest Farms has been home to the 2009 Solheim Cup and will host the 2015 Palmer Cup and the LPGA International Crown in 2016, Rich Harvest Farms was rated No. 58 on Golf Digest's list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses for 2011-12.

 

SEEDING THE FIELD: The University of California garnered the top seed in the Sugar Grove Regional, followed by No. 2 Illinois, No. 3 USC, No. 4 Alabama-Birmingham, No. 5 UNLV, No. 6 Clemson, No. 7 Kent State, No. 8 Purdue, No. 9 Mississippi State, No. 10 Cal State Fullerton, No. 11 New Mexico State, No. 12 Jacksonville State, No. 13 Cleveland State and No. 14 Saint Peter's. 

 

LIVING IN THE POSTSEASON: Head Coach Jason Drotter, Assistant Coach John San Juan and a trio of Titans, Ryan Tetrault, Corey Gard and the Big West Men's Golfer of the Year, Mark Anguiano sat down with Fullertontitans.com to reminisce about the breakout season on the links and their aspirations at the Sugar Grove Regionals, first appearance since the program was reinstated in 2009-10.

 

 

KEEP ME LIVE: Live scoring will be available for this weekend's event at Golfstat.com for all days. Please visit http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/indexh.cfm?tournament_id=5227 or HERE for scores as they become available. 

 

IN THE RANKINGS: Cal State Fullerton is ranked No. 57 in the nation according to the Golfstat.com NCAA team rankings, facing a field that features eight competing teams ranked higher than the Titans: California is No. 4, Illinois is No. 9, Alabama-Birmingham is No. 21, UNLV is No. 28, Clemson is No. 33, Kent State is No. 39, Purdue is No. 45, Mississippi State is No. 52, New Mexico State is No. 68, Jacksonville State is No. 113, Cleveland State is No. 180 and Saint Peter's is No. 269.  


According to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, Fullerton is one of ten top-100 ranked teams in the regional rated at No. 66; The rest of the field: California is No. 6, Illinois is No. 8, Alabama-Birmingham is No. 16, UNLV is No. 28, Clemson is No. 29, Kent State is No. 38, Purdue is No. 51, Mississippi State is No. 52, New Mexico State is No. 67, Jacksonville State is No. 97, Cleveland State is No. 175 and Saint Peter's is No. 271.  

NOT SO FAMILIAR TERRITORY: With the conference title came an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I men's regionals, a first-time accolade since the Fullerton golf program was reinstated during the 2009-10 season. During Cal State Fullerton's Division II era, the men's golf team made previous trips to the postseason highlighted by Paul Wise garnering the men's individual championship in 1973.


WE'RE HONORED IN A BIG WAY:
Mark Anguiano was named the 2014 Big West Men's Golf Player of the Year, as selected by the nine league head coaches. Titan Head Coach Jason Drotter also earned his second-straight Big West Men's Golf Coach of the Year honor. Anguiano becomes the first Titan to garner the player of the year accolade, pacing the Big West Conference with a 69.72 stroke average.


Over the course of the 2013-14 season, the senior from Whittier, Calif., tallied nine top-five finishes, including two individual medalist honors and a tie for second place at the conference championship. Also selected on the All-Big West First Team, Anguiano became the first Titan to claim an individual championship at the Folino Invitational, hosted by Fullerton on Feb. 17-18. He was also the only conference golfer to claim the Big West Golfer of the Month honor multiple times, recognized on three occasions for the months of September, February and March.  


Drotter earned his second-straight Big West Coach of the Year accolade after leading the Titans to nine top-five finishes in 11 events this season. After capturing its second consecutive conference title, Fullerton will make its first trip to the NCAA Division I Regionals since the program was reinstated during the 2009-10 season. Selected as the No. 10 seed in the bracket, Drotter will lead the Titans to the Sugar Grove Regionals at the Rich Harvest Farms Country Club in the three-day postseason tournament on May 15-17.

 


Joining Anguiano on the All-Big West First Team was junior Ryan Tetrault and senior Corey Gard. Tetrault carded six top-10 finishes this season while posting the team's second lowest stroke average of 70.81. The native of Villa Park, Calif., used the Warrior Princeville Makai Invite on Nov. 4-7 to mark both his career best low round of 65 and low 54-hole score of 205.

 

Gard, also a fellow native of Villa Park, Calif., shot himself to eight top-20 finishes this season, boasting a season-best fifth place at the Bill Cullum Invitational on Oct. 21-22. Gard is currently ranked in the top-five in both career rounds played and top-10 finishes since the reinstatement of the program.      

Cal State Fullerton Men's Golf Awards 
 

NAME

HONOR

Jason Drotter

Big West Men's Golf Coach of the Year

Mark Anguiano

Big West Men's Golf Player of the Year

Mark Anguiano

All-Big West First Team 

Ryan Tetrault

All-Big West First Team 

Corey Gard

All-Big West First Team 

 
 

MARK ME ON THE CALENDER: Fullerton senior Mark Anguiano was the only conference golfer from both the men's and women's teams to garner Big West Golfer of the Month honors on multiple occasions, earning the accolade a whopping three times and in consecutive months over the 2013-14 season.  

Month

Player

Team

Year

September

Mark Anguiano

CSF

Senior

October

Daniel Chian

LBSU

Sophomore

February

Mark Anguiano

CSF

Senior

March

Mark Anguiano

CSF

Senior

April

Pete Fernandez

UCI

Junior

 


DEFENDING THE CROWN:
Due to high winds and unplayable conditions for the final round of the Big West Championship, the tournament was deemed to be final after 36 holes at the Soboba Springs Country Club in San Jacinto, Calif.


After 36 holes of play between Apr. 27-29, the Titans shot a 1-under-par 287 first round, and held on to the lead in the team standings after chalking up a second round 3-over-par 291 to conclude the championship with a total score of 578 (+2). Fullerton finished two strokes ahead of UC Davis, who claimed the 2011 and 2012 titles.


In the final team standings, the Titans were followed by UC Davis (+4, 580), UC Riverside (+10, 586), Long Beach State (+11, 587) and UC Irvine (+12, 588) to round out the top-five.


Fullerton was the only Big West team to place all five participants in the top-20 on the individual leaderboard and the win propels the Titans to their ninth top-five team finish in 11 events this year. Since Fullerton's reinstatement in 2009-10, the Titans men's golf team has improved in its overall finish in every year at the Big West Championships (2010- Ninth Place; 2011- Eighth Place; 2012- Third Place; 2013- Tied for First Place; 2014- First Place).   

Pos.

Team/Player

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

1st

Cal State Fullerton

287

291

578 (+2)

T2

Mark Anguiano

68

73

141 (-3)

T9

Corey Gard

74

70

144 (E)

T14

Ryan Tetrault

72

75

147 (+3)

T14

Scott Rubzin

74

73

147 (+3)

T19

Kyle De Silva

73

76

149 (+5)

 


HOME SWEET HOME:
Cal State Fullerton excelled both as a team and individually at its host event in City of Industry, Calif., in the Folino Invitational on Feb. 17-18. Six out of the 11 Titans on the 2013-14 Men's Roster produced their best finishes of the season in the team's title:

 

Player: Individual Score/ Finish

Mark Anguiano- (66-68-70—204, -12), First Place

Ryan Tetrault- (72-78-72—222, -2), T2nd Place

Kyle De Silva- (74-74-79—227, +11), T14th Place

Josh Park- (78-76-74—228, +12), T16th Place

Mark Jensma- (77-79-76—232, +16), T31st Place

Matt Murphy- (79-77-79—235, +19), T36th Place

 

HAVING A GOOD HABIT: The Titans have recorded a top-five finish in nine out of the 11 events of the season:


EVENT: Team Score/Finish/Date

Itani Quality Home Collegiate – (837, -3), Second Place, Sept. 9-10, 2013

Dash Thomas Memorial – (865, +13), Third Place, Sept. 23-24, 2013

Bill Cullum Invitational – (849, -15), First Place, Oct. 21-22, 2013

Warrior Princeville Makai Invite – (822, -42), First Place, Nov. 4-6, 2013

Folino Invitational – (863, -1), First Place, Feb. 17-18, 2014

Jones Invitational – (906, +42), Fifth Place, Feb. 24-25, 2014

Desert Shootout – (835, -29), Fourth Place, Mar. 20-22, 2014

El Macero Classic – (872, +8), Second Place, Apr. 18-20, 2014

^
Big West Championships – (578, +2), First Place, Apr. 27-29, 2014
 

^final round of Big West Championships cancelled (wind)

 

SETTLING DOWN IN THE SECOND: In six of the 11 tournaments, the Titans team shot a team-best round in the second round of the event:

 

EVENT: Team Score (Second Round)/Finish/Date

Itani Quality Home Collegiate: (277, -5), Second Place, Sept. 9, 2013

Bill Cullum Invitational: (280, -8), First Place, Oct. 21, 2013

Folino Invitational: (285, -3), First Place, Feb. 17, 2014

Jones Invitational: (300, +12), Fifth Place, Feb. 24, 2014

Del Walker Intercollegiate: (276, -4), Sixth Place, Mar. 3, 2014

Desert Shootout: (274, -14), Fourth Place, Mar. 21, 2014

 

ROUNDS AT PAR OR BETTER IN 2013-14:

Mark Anguiano (24):

70 (E) -- 1st Round -- Itani Quality Homes Collegiate, Sept. 8, 2013

69 (-1) -- 2nd Round -- Itani Quality Homes Collegiate, Sept. 9, 2013

65 (-5) -- 3rd Round -- Itani Quality Homes Collegiate, Sept. 10, 2013

70 (-1) -- 1st Round – Dash Thomas Memorial, Sept. 22, 2013

70 (-1) -- 2nd Round -- Dash Thomas Memorial, Sept. 23, 2013

66 (-5) -- 3rd Round -- Dash Thomas Memorial, Sept. 24, 2013

71 (-1) -- 1st Round -- Bill Cullum Invitational, Oct. 21, 2013

67 (-5) -- 2nd Round -- Bill Cullum Invitational, Oct. 21, 2013

69 (-3) -- 3rd Round -- Bill Cullum Invitational, Oct. 22, 2013

65 (-7) -- 1st Round -- Warrior Princeville Makai Invite, Nov. 4, 2013

66 (-6) -- 2nd Round -- Warrior Princeville Makai Invite, Nov. 5, 2013

70 (-2) -- 3rd Round -- Warrior Princeville Makai Invite, Nov. 6, 2013

71 (E) -- 1st Round – Arizona Intercollegiate, Jan. 27, 2014

66 (-6) -- 1st Round – Folino Invitational, Feb. 17, 2014

68 (-4) -- 2nd Round – Folino Invitational, Feb. 17, 2014

70 (-2) -- 3rd Round – Folino Invitational, Feb. 18, 2014

66 (-4) -- 1st Round – Del Walker Intercollegiate, Mar. 3, 2014

66 (-4) -- 2nd Round – Del Walker Intercollegiate, Mar. 3, 2014

69 (-3) -- 1st Round – Desert Shootout, Mar. 20, 2014

66 (-6) -- 2nd Round – Desert Shootout, Mar. 21, 2014

69 (-3) -- 3rd Round – Desert Shootout, Mar. 22, 2014

65 (-7) -- 1st Round – El Macero Classic, Apr. 18, 2014

72 (E) -- 2nd Round – El Macero Classic, Apr. 19, 2014

68 (-4) -- 1st Round – Big West Championships, Apr. 27, 2014

 

Ryan Tetrault (18):

67 (-3) -- 2nd Round -- Itani Quality Homes Collegiate, Sept. 9, 2013

68 (-2) -- 3rd Round -- Itani Quality Homes Collegiate, Sept. 10, 2013

71 (-1) -- 2nd Round -- Bill Cullum Invitational, Oct. 21, 2013

70 (-2) -- 3rd Round -- Bill Cullum Invitational, Oct. 22, 2013

70 (-2) -- 1st Round -- Warrior Princeville Makai Invite, Nov. 4, 2013

70 (-2) -- 2nd Round -- Warrior Princeville Makai Invite, Nov. 5, 2013

65 (-7) -- 3rd Round -- Warrior Princeville Makai Invite, Nov. 6, 2013

70 (-2) -- 2nd Round – Folino Invitational, Feb. 17, 2014

71 (-1) -- 3rd Round – Folino Invitational, Feb. 18, 2014

72 (E) -- 3rd Round – Jones Invitational, Feb. 25, 2014

69 (-1) -- 1st Round – Del Walker Intercollegiate, Mar. 3, 2014

70 (E) -- 2nd Round – Del Walker Intercollegiate, Mar. 3, 2014

69 (-3) -- 1st Round – Desert Shootout, Mar. 20, 2014

72 (E) -- 2nd Round – Desert Shootout, Mar. 21, 2014

66 (-6) -- 3rd Round – Desert Shootout, Mar. 22, 2014

71 (-1) -- 1st Round – El Macero Classic, Apr. 18, 2014

72 (E) -- 3rd Round – El Macero Classic, Apr. 20, 2014

72 (E) -- 1st Round – Big West Championships, Apr. 27, 2014 



Corey Gard
 (17):

66 (-4) -- 1st Round -- Itani Quality Homes Collegiate, Sept. 8, 2013

70 (E) -- 2nd Round -- Itani Quality Homes Collegiate, Sept. 9, 2013

71 (E) -- 2nd Round -- Dash Thomas Memorial, Sept. 23, 2013

70 (-1) -- 3rd Round -- Dash Thomas Memorial, Sept. 24, 2013

71 (-1) -- 1st Round -- Bill Cullum Invitational, Oct. 21, 2013

69 (-3) -- 2nd Round -- Bill Cullum Invitational, Oct. 21, 2013

70 (-2) -- 3rd Round -- Bill Cullum Invitational, Oct. 22, 2013

70 (-2) -- 1st Round -- Warrior Princeville Makai Invite, Nov. 4, 2013

69 (-3) -- 2nd Round -- Warrior Princeville Makai Invite, Nov. 5, 2013

72 (E) -- 3rd Round -- Warrior Princeville Makai Invite, Nov. 6, 2013

70 (-2) -- 2nd Round – Jones Invitational, Feb. 24, 2014

67 (-3) -- 1st Round – Del Walker Intercollegiate, Mar. 3, 2014

68 (-2) -- 2nd Round – Del Walker Intercollegiate, Mar. 3, 2014

72 (E) -- 1st Round – Desert Shootout, Mar. 20, 2014

67 (-5) -- 2nd Round – Desert Shootout, Mar. 21, 2014

71 (-1) -- 3rd Round – Desert Shootout, Mar. 22, 2014

70 (-2) -- 2nd Round – Big West Championships, Apr. 28, 2014

 

Kyle De Silva (6):

72 (E) -- 1st Round -- Bill Cullum Invitational, Oct. 21, 2013

72 (E) -- 3rd Round -- Bill Cullum Invitational, Oct. 22, 2013

67 (-5) -- 1st Round -- Warrior Princeville Makai Invite, Nov. 4, 2013

71 (-1) -- 1st Round – Desert Shootout, Mar. 20, 2014

71 (-1) -- 2nd Round – Desert Shootout, Mar. 21, 2014

71 (-1) -- 3rd Round – El Macero Classic, Apr. 20, 2014



Josh Park
 (5):

72 (E) -- 1st Round -- Warrior Princeville Makai Invite, Nov. 4, 2013

69 (-3) -- 2nd Round -- Warrior Princeville Makai Invite, Nov. 5, 2013

69 (-3) -- 3rd Round -- Warrior Princeville Makai Invite, Nov. 6, 2013

69 (-1) -- Third Round – Del Walker Intercollegiate, Mar. 4, 2014

70 (-2) -- 2nd Round – Desert Shootout, Mar. 21, 2014

 

Scott Rubzin (1):

72 (E) -- 1st Round – Desert Shootout, Mar. 20, 2014

 

TAP-INS: 

• Cal State Fullerton's first place finish at the Big West Championships was the second consecutive time the team placed in the top-three after the Titans garnered second place at the El Macero Classic on Apr. 18-20. 

• Following the second consecutive conference title, Fullerton recorded the ninth top-five team finish in 11 events this year.

• Three Titans have taken over 2,200 strokes on the season while still holding a scoring average of under-73.00 (Gard 2,307; Tetrault 2,266; Anguiano 2,231).

• Carding a team-high 21 round under-par for the season, Anguiano is currently ranked as the 40th best men's collegiate individual golfer, according to Golfweek.com

• Three Titans own current season scoring averages of below 73.00: (Anguiano- 69.72, Tetrault- 70.81, Gard- 72.10)

• In Fullerton's title run, senior Scott Rubzin competed in the team five-man rotation for the second time this spring, inking a (74-73—147, +3) card, good for a tie in 14th place, marking up his best finish of the season.  

• Fullerton has had 32 under-70 rounds this season led by 16 from Anguiano, and six each from Gard and Tetrault, respectively.

• At the Big West Championships, Anguiano was the only Titan to shoot a round in the 60's with a first round 68 (-4), while posting the only 36-hole score under-par, firing a 3-under-par 141. The Whittier, Calif., native also marked his ninth top-three individual finish of the season.    

• Three Titans make up the top-five in Big West player standings for shooting the lowest rounds of the season (Anguiano- 65, Tetrault- 65, Gard- 66)

• Since Fullerton's reinstatement of Men's Golf for the 2009-10 season, the Titans have improved in their overall finish in every year at the Big West Championships (2010- Ninth Place; 2011- Eighth Place; 2012- Third Place; 2013- Tied for First Place; 2014- First Place)