Sept. 16, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis men's golf team opens its 2012 season on Monday as the Aggies travel to the Pacific Northwest to compete in the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational, hosted by the University of Washington at the Gold Mountain Golf Complex in Bremerton, Wash.
The highly competitive field includes three teams that finished the 2011-12 season ranked in the top 10 nationally in No. 5 Oregon, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 San Diego State. The Ducks are currently ranked 14th by GolfWorld while the host Huskies are fifth and the Aztecs are 17th. Additionally, Texas A&M, which ranked 14th at the end of last season, and No. 36 Saint Mary's also highlight the field while BYU, Arizona State, Gonzaga, Loyola-Maryland, Minnesota, Pacific, Pepperdine and Washington State round out the competition.
The 54-hole tournament will consist of 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday and teams will be competing on the par-72, 7,124-yard Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Complex in Bremerton, Wash.
UC Davis will be represented by Matt Hansen, Tyler Raber, Matt Seramin, Mike Brockington and Jonny Baxter.
The Aggies are on the hunt for their third consecutive Big West Conference championship, returning all eight competitors from the 2011-12 squad, including Hansen who was an All-Big West Conference second team selection. Seramin was UC Davis' individual medalist at the conference championships and an all-conference honorable mention after tying for fourth overall. Brockington, a sophomore from Laguna Niguel, Calif., finished sixth while Baxter was 13th as UC Davis placed four golfers in the top 15 to bring home the team title.
Returning to the lineup for the 2012-13 season is Raber, who redshirted last season and produced an extremely successful amateur tournament campaign over the summer. He advanced to the round of 16 at the British Amateur Championship in Ayrshire, Scotland, becoming the lone American to advance that far into the tournament. He went on to win individual medalist honors at the 109th Trans-Mississippi Championship in Edmond, Okla., winning the tournament on his final shot of the day.
He qualified for the U.S. Amateur after defeating three other players in a two-hole playoff and was joined by Hansen, who advanced to his fourth straight U.S. Amateur after finishing second overall at a qualifying tournament in Redmond, Ore.
The Aggies also welcome two newcomers to the 2012-13 roster in Ben Corfee and Nicolas Noya. Corfee, a three-time All-Delta River League selection, hails from a line of UC Davis alumni as his father Dan was also an Aggie golfer while Noya was an individual medalist at both the San Diego Junior Amateur as well as the Northern California Junior Tour Championship during his prep career.
In addition to a third straight conference title, UC Davis will also look to return to the postseason for the third year in a row. The Aggies have had a presence at an NCAA Div. I Regional every year since 2009, advancing as a team in three of the last four seasons while Austin Graham earned an individual selection to the 2010 regional.
UC Davis continues its 2012-13 campaign at the Windon Memorial Classic, hosted by Northeastern Sept. 23-24 in Glencoe, Ill.
KIKKOR GOLF HUSKY INVITATIONAL
hosted by Washington
Sept. 17-18, 2012
Gold Mountain Golf Complex (Bremerton, Wash.)
Par 72; 7,124 yards
(Golfstat rankings in parentheses)
San Diego State (7)
Texas A&M (14)
Saint Mary's (36)
Arizona State (81)
Washington State (117)
UC Davis (121)
1. Matt Hansen
2. Tyler Raber
3. Matt Seramin
4. Mike Brockington
5. Jonny Baxter