Feb. 5, 2013
WAIKOLOA, Hawaii - The 48th-ranked UC Davis men's golf team closes a three-month break from competition on Wednesday when it opens play at the Amer Ari Invitational, hosted by the University of Hawai'i and Hawaii-Hilo, at Kings Course at Waikoloa Beach Resort.
The Aggies had a strong fall season, posting a trio of top-five finishes in their four events, including fourth-place showings at the season-opening Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational at Washington, and then the SCVB Pacific Invitational in late October.
UC Davis will enter the spring portion of its 2012-13 season, which consists of six events and the Big West Championship, looking to build on the solid start. This week's tournament features several teams high in Golfweek's most recent poll, including No. 2 Texas, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 UCLA, No. 8 USC, No. 10 Georgia Tech, No. 14 Oklahoma State and No. 15 Stanford.
Twenty teams will compete for the tournament title on the par-72, 7,074-yard course, playing 18 holes each day from Wednesday through Friday. Wednesday's shotgun round begins at 9:30 a.m. (PST) with the Aggies playing alongside Arizona State, Colorado and Hawaii-Hilo.
Four of the Aggies' five players this week - Matt Hansen, Jonny Baxter, Tyler Raber and Matt Seramin - saw action during every round of the fall season, while each shooting at least one round in the 60's. Hansen, Baxter and Seramin had season-best rounds of 66 during the fall while Raber posted a 67.
Freshman Ben Corfee, from nearby Jesuit High School, will make his debut for UC Davis. Hansen's 71.0 average leads the team while Baxter and Raber are close behind at 72.0.
Other teams entered in the tournament include Auburn, Cal State Stanislaus, Hawai'i, Oregon State, Osaka Gakuin University (Japan), San Jose State, USC, TCU and Texas Tech.
The tournament starts an exciting spring season for UC Davis which will co-host The Prestige at PGA WEST in La Quinta, Calif. from Feb. 18-20. The event will once again feature some of the country's top collegiate teams.