Aggie Men Look For Third Straight Big West Championship
April 27, 2013
SAN JACINTO, Calif. - The UC Davis men's golf team looks for its third straight Big West Championship when the Aggies open play on Sunday as the league tournament's top seed at the Country Club of Soboba Springs in San Jacinto.
The Aggies, coming off a second-place finish at their own Winchester Classic last weekend, will tee off in the first round at 7:15 a.m. while playing with second-seeded Cal State Fullerton. UC Davis will use the same quintet it featured last weekend with Ben Corfee, Jonny Baxter, Matt Seramin, Matt Hansen and Tyler Raber comprising its lineup.
The 10-team tournament will continue with 18 holes on both Monday and Tuesday with the winner earning a berth into the NCAA Championships in May.
UC Davis has dominated the Big West Championships since joining the league for the 2007-08 season. The Aggies posted a seven-shot victory for their first title in 2009 and then returned for an impressive 17-stroke win in 2011 as senior Austin Graham earned medalist honors.
Last year's tournament was an exciting one with UC Davis edging No. 41 Long Beach State by a stroke. Seramin led five Aggies in the top 17 places which also included a 13th-place finish by Baxter and a 16th-place showing by Hansen. Raber redshirted last season but tied for fourth in his last Big West appearance in 2011.
While the Aggies are top-seeded, second-seeded Cal State Fullerton is coming off a win at the Winchester Classic and will be among the contenders. UC Irvine is seeded third and is followed by Pacific, Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly, Hawai'i, UC Riverside and Cal State Northridge.
Raber leads UC Davis in scoring with a 71.9 average and has seven top-20 finishes this season. Baxter (73.5) has been in the top 20 five times while Hansen (73.1) has made four appearances.
The last team to win three straight Big West titles was UC Irvine (2000-03).
The Country Club at Soboba Springs course measures 7,317 yards.
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