April 29, 2014
SAN JACINTO, Calif. - Senior Matt Hansen, 8 under after 36 holes, was named medalist and the UC Davis men's golf team finished second after the final round of the Big West Championship at The Country Club of Soboba Springs on Tuesday morning was cancelled due to high winds.
Winds up to 40 mph delayed the start of the final round by 90 minutes before eventually forcing its cancellation.
"The start was delayed until 9:00 a.m. and we observed the first 50 minutes of play and found that golf balls weren't holding on the greens," stated Rob Halvaks, deputy commissioner. "With no prediction of certainty of when the conditions would be playable, we met with the SCGA rules officials and determined canceling the final round was our only option."
Second-day leader Cal State Fullerton was declared Big West champion after taking a two-stroke lead over UC Davis into Tuesday's play. The Titans, who successfully defended their conference title, finished 2-over 578 while the Aggies were 4-over 580. Cal State Fullerton earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships while UC Davis will hope for an at-large bid.
"I think we're very deserving for an at-large bid," said head coach Cy Williams. "We'll see what happens but I'm excited to hopefully advance."
Hansen has now won two tournaments in a row after taking the El Macero Classic last weekend. He has three in his career after also winning the NCAA Southwest Regional as a freshman in 2011.
He earned the conference championship after posting an impressive 8-under 136 total through the first two rounds. Hansen opened with a 5-under 65 on Sunday and then followed with a 69 on Monday. He had 12 birdies and just four bogeys through the first two rounds and took a five-shot lead over three players into Tuesday's play.
"That was an absolutely dominant performance," Williams said. "I'm very proud what he's done the last two weeks. He's really put this team on his shoulders."
Redshirt freshman Nicolas Noya finished with his second straight top-10 finish, tying for ninth at par. Ben Corfee tied for 22nd at 6 over, Luke Vivolo tied for 24th at 7 over and Joshua Granger tied for 32nd at 8 over.
The last time the Big West Championship was shortened to two rounds was in 2003 when rain forced the final round to be cancelled.
BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIP
San Jacinto, Calif.
The Country Club at Soboba Springs
Par 72; 7,137 yards
Final (third round cancelled due to high winds)
1. Cal State Fullerton, 287-291-578
2. UC DAVIS, 289-291-580
3. UC Riverside-304-282-586
4. Long Beach State, 285-292-587
5. UC Irvine, 301-287-588
6. Hawaii, 290-301-591
7. Cal State Northridge, 295-300-595
8. Cal Poly, 300-299-599
9. UC Santa Barbara, 303-299-602
1. Matt Hansen, UC Davis, 67-69-136