2002-03 Season Archive

2002-03 Meet-by-Meet results (PDF)

Wildcats announce three signings
(Aug. 5) Nick Green, John Skelton, and Mitch Berg have all signed National Letters of Intent with the Chico State men's golf team, giving the Wildcats a very strong 2003-04 freshman class. The Wildcats held the nation's top ranking for a time last season and finished fifth at the Division II National Championship. However, the Wildcats lost five golfers to graduation, so a strong
recruiting class was vital.

Green, a graduate of Valley High School in Las Vegas, Nev., finished his senior season with a 72.2 stroke average and earned First Team All-Southern Nevada recognition. He was also the MVP of the school's golf and basketball teams.

Nick was our top recruit and I'm very pleased he chose Chico State, said Wildcats head coach Keith Thomas. He has the ability to have a very successful college career.

Skelton also finished with a 72.2 stroke average this season at La Verne High School in Los Angeles. He helped lead his team to the CIF Championship as a sophomore and recently won a collegiate futures event with a 2-under par 70.

John is a highly motivated, strong player who will add depth to the 2003-04 roster, said Thomas.

Berg comes to Chico State from Gresham, Ore., where he qualified for the Oregon State High School Championships as an individual four consecutive years. Berg was also a four-time All-League selection and was named scholar athlete of the year at Centennial High School as a senior. Berg also received the Jim Scheele Award, given to the senior golfer who demonstrates the most golf ability, character, integrity, leadership, and academic achievement in the league.

Mitch is a very dedicated young man and I look forward to the great deal of integrity and ability he brings to the program, said Thomas.

The trio will join six returners, including 2002 NCAA Division II Individual Champion J.J. Jakovac, in an attempt to return to the NCAA Championships.

Jakovac finishes second at Western Amateur
(Aug. 3) Chris Botsford, co-captain of the University of Southern California Trojans, weathered two storms Sunday to turn back J.J. Jakovac, a junior at Chico State, in a battle of Californians in the 101st Western Amateur Championship at Point O'Woods Golf and Country Club in Benton Harbor, Mich.

Lightning strikes near the course forced suspension of play on the third hole, and, after taking a 6-up lead through 10, Botsford watched as Jakovac unleashed his own lightning by winning four of the next five holes with birdie, par, birdie, birdie, eagle.

Botsford, 22, from Pasadena, took the early lead with a birdie on the par-5, 523-yard second. He quickly moved 4 up by winning the third, fourth and sixth holes with pars, as Jakovac, 21, from Napa, struggled early to find the game that carried him into the championship.

On the back nine, down 6 holes after 10, Jackovac stormed back to win four of the next five holes and cut Botsford's lead to 2 up with three to play. But that's when Botsford closed the door with a 4-foot birdie putt on 16 to win the championship, 3 and 2.

With the victory, Botsford joined previous Western Amateur winners such as Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, Hal Sutton, Curtis Strange, Phil Mickelson and Justin Leonard.

In the morning semifinals, Jakovac defeated 2002 Western Amateur runner-up Adam Rubinson, 3 and 2.Wes

Jakovac second qualifier in Britain
(June 3) J.J. Jakovac shot 68 Tuesday at Royal Troon to finish the 36-hole qualifying portion of the British Amateur Championship in second place out of a field of nearly 300 players.

Jakovac, who'll be a senior at Chico State this fall, now advances to the 64-player match-play protion of the event.

Jakovac's two-round total of 135 is just one shot more than the leader, 21-year-old David Inglis of Scotland. Jakovac is 12 strokes ahead of the Greg Kennedy, whose 147 is the second-best score by an American.

A series of 18-hole match-play rounds will be conducted for the remainder of the week, culminating with the 36-hole final on Saturday.

Two Wildcats receive All-American honors
(May 26) NORMAN, Okla. – The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced the award recipients for Division II. Chico State's J.J. Jakovac was named First Team PING All-American and Brian Benedictson received Honorable Mention honors.

Chico State men's golf team finishes fifth in nation
(May 23) SUNRIVER, Oregon – With a final round of 292, the third best of the day, the Chico State men's golf team rallied to finish fifth in the nation Friday at the 2003 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship played at Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Oregon. The tournament was hosted by the Wildcats, who were in 10th place entering the final day of competition.

Brian Benedictson was Chico State's top individual with a 15th-place finish. He carded a 1-over par 73 Friday and finished the tournament 4-over par. Chico State's J.J. Jakovac, the defending National Champion, was also 1-over on Friday and finished 6-over for the tournament and tied for 21st place. Jess Stimack carded a 74 Friday and finished in a tie for 24th place overall at +7. Andy Barnum shot even par Friday and finished tied for 33rd at +9. Joe Johnson finished tied for 82nd place.

Francis Marion University (SC) won its first men's golf National Championship by a commanding 14-stroke margin, finishing the four round tournament with a three-under par performance. The team held a 19-shot lead heading into the final 18 holes. Francis Marion (284-286-285-294-1149), was a definite underdog heading into the tournament, having finished fourth in its conference tournament and second in the Southeast Regional. But the Patriots wasted no time taking over the top spot after day one and never relinquished the lead. Francis Marion put up a three-stroke lead after day one and pulled away from the crowd each day after that, increasing its lead to eight strokes, and finally 19 strokes entering today's final round.

The race became a battle for second place, which defending Division II Champion Rollins College (303-286-288-286-1163) won. Three teams from the West Region took third through fifth place: Cal State Stanislaus (292-288-294-297-1171) finished third; Cal State Bakersfield (295-287-296-294-1172) fourth; and tournament host Chico State (296-282-304-292-1174) round out the top five finishers.

Andrew McArthur from Pfeiffer University (72-69-69-69-279), who stood in third place coming into the final round, shot a 3-under 69 to take home top medalist honors. Scott Usher from University South Carolina-Aiken (71-65-72-73-281) finished second after holding the lead after days two and three. Grand Canyon's Tommy Medina (72-67-73-70-282) took third place. Bill Noon of Cal State Bakersfield (72-72-69-71-284) and Francis Marion's Fredrik Ohlsson (70-72-69-74-285) round out the top five individual finishers.

NCAA Division II Mens Golf National Championship
hosted by Chico State in Sunriver, Oregon • May 20-23, 2003

Francis Marion wins Division II National Championship;
Andrew McArthur of Pfeiffer University earns top medalist honor

(May 23) SUNRIVER, Oregon -- Francis Marion University (SC) won its first men's golf National Championship by a commanding 14-stroke margin, finishing the four round tournament with a three-under par performance. The team held a 19-shot lead heading into the final 18 holes of the 2003 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship being played at Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Oregon.

Francis Marion (284-286-285-294-1149), was a definite underdog heading into the tournament, having finished fourth in its conference tournament and second in the Southeast Regional. But the Patriots wasted no time taking over the top spot after day one and never relinquished the lead.

The Patriots had two individuals in the top 10, Fredrik Ohlsson (70-72-69-74-285), who finished fifth and sixth-place finisher Dylan Keylock (68-70-71-77-286). Matt Dura (73-73-72-73-291, 14th), Juan Pablo Bossi (71-71-73-74-295, T24) and Per Halberg (73-79-74-73-299, T44) rounded out the five-player roster.

Francis Marion put up a three-stroke lead after day one and pulled away from the crowd each day after that, increasing its lead to eight strokes, and finally 19 strokes entering today's final round.

The race became a battle for second place, which defending Division II Champion Rollins College (303-286-288-286-1163) was able to win. They did it the same way they won the national title last year, coming from behind. Rollins stood in 11th place out of the 18 teams after day one, moved up to eighth on day two, and then into a tie for fourth on day three. Three teams from the West Region took third through fifth place: Cal State Stanislaus (292-288-294-297-1171) finished third; Cal State Bakersfield (295-287-296-294-1172) fourth; and tournament host Chico State (296-282-304-292-1174) round out the top five finishers.

Andrew McArthur from Pfeiffer University (72-69-69-69-279), who stood in third place coming into the final round, shot a 3-under 69 to take home top medalist honors. Scott Usher from University South Carolina-Aiken (71-65-72-73-281) finished second after holding the lead after days two and three. Grand Canyon's Tommy Medina (72-67-73-70-282) took third place. Bill Noon of Cal State Bakersfield (72-72-69-71-284) and Ohlsson round out the top five individual finishers.

Francis Marion hold big lead heading into final day of Championship

(May 22) SUNRIVER, Oregon -- Francis Marion University (SC) has built what looks like an insurmountable 19-shot lead heading into the final round of the 2003 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship being played at Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Oregon. The final round of the four-day, 72-hole event will be played tomorrow.

Francis Marion (284-286-285-855), which entered the day at 6-under par as a team, improved to 9-under for the tournament, thanks to the steady play of Dylan Keylock (68-70-71-209), Fredrik Ohlsson (70-72-69-211), Matt Dura (73-73-72-218), and Juan Pablo Bossi (71-71-73-221).

Francis Marion pulled away from the crowd due to the higher scores of the teams in close contention. Chico State (296-282-304-882), which shot the low round on day two and sat in second place, shot 304 today to drop to 10th place. Cal State Stanislaus (292-288-294-874), in third place yesterday, shot 294 to move into a tie for second place with University of North Alabama (292-291-291-875), who moved up from sixth place.

The biggest jump in the standings today came from defending Division II Champion Rollins College (303-286-288-877), which leaped from eighth place into a tie for fourth place with University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

The race for the individual title should be an exciting one. Scott Usher at 8-under par (71-65-72-208) from University South Carolina held on to his first-place standing for the second straight day. Dylan Keylock (68-79-71-209) from Francis Marion is just one stroke behind, followed by Pfeiffer University's Andrew McArthur (72-69-69-210), Francis Marion's Fredrik Ohlsson (70-72-69-211), and Grand Canyon's Tommy Medina (72-67-73-212). Eleven players out of the 102-participant field are currently under par and five more are at even par.

Medina is one of 12 individuals in the field. If he can pull off the victory he would be the second straight individual from the West Region to win the championship title. Chico State's J.J. Jakovac took the honor last year in Florida. Jakovac (74-71-76-221) is currently tied for 26th place at 5-over par.

Tee times for the final round tomorrow begin at 8:30 with the top three teams: Francis Marion, Stanislaus and North Alabama, teeing off at 1:20.

Francis Marion increases lead after second round of Championship

(May 21) SUNRIVER, Oregon -- Francis Marion University (SC) increased its lead to eight strokes over the 18-team field after day two of the 2003 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship being played at Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Oregon. The four-day, 72-hole event is being hosted by Chico State.

Francis Marion (284-286-570), which led the field by three strokes entering the day, got another solid performance by yesterday's leader Dylan Keylock (68-70-138). Fredrik Ohlsson (70-72-142), Matt Dura (73-73-146), and Juan Pablo Bossi (77-71-148) rounded out the four-man scoring.

Host team Chico State (296-282-578) posted the lowest team score so far in the tournament to jump from seventh place into second. Chico's Brian Benedictson (71-71-142), J.J. Jakovac (74-71-145), Andy Barnum (76-69-145), and Jess Stimack (75-71-146) all posted sub-par rounds.

Cal State Stanislaus (292-288-580) moved up a spot to take over third place behind the 6-under round of 66 by Charlie Zinn. Zinn, who started on hole 10, had six birdies out of his final nine holes.

Despite the incredible round by Zinn, it was not the low round of the day, which went to Scott Usher from University of South Carolina, Aiken, who catapulted himself from eighth place into first place with a 7-under 65. Usher, who finished in the last group of the day, birdied five holes on the back nine and two on the front.

Tommy Medina (72-67-139), playing as an individual from Grand Canyon, is now in third place overall after 36 holes.

Five of the top eight teams are from the West Region: Chico, Stanislaus, Cal State Bakersfield (T4th), Western Washington (7th), and UC Davis (T8th)

Play continues tomorrow and concludes Friday with tee times based on team standings. Tee times begin at 8:30 with the top three team teeing off at 1:20.

Francis Marion University in first place after day one of National Championship

(May 20) SUNRIVER, Oregon -- Francis Marion University holds a three-shot lead after day one of the 2003 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship being played at Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Oregon. The four-day, 72-hole event is being hosted by Chico State.

Francis Marion (284), is followed by Western Washington (287), University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (287), Cal State Stanislaus (292), University of North Alabama (292), Cal State Bakersfield (295), and Chico State (296).

Dylan Keylock(34-34) of Francis Marion and Jon Olson (33-356) of Colorado-Colorado Springs are tied for the individual lead at 4-under par. Keylock carded five birdies, three bogies, and finished out his front nine with an eagle on No. 18, a 454-yard par four. Olson tallied six birdies, including a stretch of five out of seven on hole numbers 8-14. He also had two bogies.

Keylock and his teammates Fredrik Ohlsson (70, T3rd), Matt Dura (73, T22), and Per Halberg (73, T22) combined for the low four-man score.

Play continues through Friday, with tee times starting at 8:30 each morning.

Teams Participating

Barton College
Millersville University
Bryant College
North Alabama
Central Oklahoma
Pfeiffer University
Chico State
Rollins College
Colorado-Colorado Springs
South Carolina-Aiken
CSU Bakersfield
UC Davis
CSU Stanislaus
Washburn University
Ferris State
West Florida
Francis Marion University
Western Washington University

Individuals Participating
Pierre Goethals-Abilene Christian University
Nick Cowper-Armstrong Atlantic State
Eric Swenson-Bentley College
Matt Guyton-Clarion College
Chris Taylor-Coker College
Jeremy Lederer-Fort Lewis College
Dave Patronik-Gannon University
Tommy Medina-Grand Canyon University
Nick Mason-University of Hawaii, Hilo
Luke Stephan-Kennesaw State
Keir McNicoll-Lynn University
Kyle Long-Missouri Southern State

'Cats named to NCAA Division II Championship field
(May 9) The Chico State men's golf team was named to the men's NCAA Division II Golf Championships field Friday after a roller-coaster regular season. The Wildcats, ranked No. 1 in the nation at one time this season, were one of eight at-large teams selected. Eight Super Regional winners earned automatic bids. That left eight at-large bids, and the Wildcats were one of four at-large teams to be selected from the Western Region.

The berth is especially sweet for the Wildcats because they are scheduled to host the event May 20-23, at Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.

This will be the first trip to the National Championships since the university brought back men's golf as an intercollegiate sport in 1998. However, it won't be the first trip for Chico State junior J.J. Jakovac. Jakovac won the 2002 NCAA Division II individual title last season as a sophomore, shooting a 5-under-par 66 to overcome a four-shot deficit going into the final round of play at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida.

For both Jakovac and the Wildcats, the 2003 season has been a roller coaster. After winning the Elco, Inc. Intercollegiate Tournament in Bakersfield behind the 1-2 finish of Brian Benedictson (-1) and Jakovac (+1), the Wildcats earned the nation's No. 1 ranking for the first time in school history, March 14. That was the last tournament the Wildcats would win in the regular season, however. The Wildcats finished third in the CCAA Championship Tournament and then fifth in the Western Regional, leaving their NCAA Championship bid in doubt until Friday's announcement.

Jakovac, meanwhile, won the Division II Championship preview at Sunriver and was selected to represent the United States in a match against Japan, and was named the CCAA golfer of the year. However, he finished a disappointing 16th in the Super Regional.

Wildcats finish fifth at West Regional
(May 7) LITTLETON, Colo. -- The Chico State men's golf team finished fifth out of eight teams at the NCAA Division II West Regional. The Wildcats rallied back in the final two days with rounds of 282 and 288, but couldn't overcome their opening round of 300, which had them in last place after day one.

One team and one individual qualify out of each of the ten regionals. Chico State will have to wait until Friday, May 9, to see if as a team they can claim one of the eight at-large bids to participate at the NCAA Division II National Championship. Chico State is hosting the event May 19-23 at Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Oregon. Two at-large individuals will also be selected.

Chico's top finisher was Andy Barnum (72-71-73=216, T14), followed by J.J. Jakovac (75-71-71=217, T16), Brian Benedictson (74-70-74=218, T21), Joe Johnson (83-72-70=225, T31), and Jess Stimack (79-70-77=226, T34)

UC Davis (279-277-284=840) finished 24-under par to win the West Regional and earn an automatic berth to the National Championship. CSU Stanislaus was second (282-277-289=848), followed by CSU Bakersfield (283-286-285=854), Western Washington (297-282-286=865), Chico State (300-282-288=870), Grand Canyon (878), UC San Diego (878), and Hawaii-Hilo (896)

Wildcats selected to compete in Super Regional
2003 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship Super Regionals announced.

(Apr. 30) INDIANAPOLIS---Eighty teams and forty-six individuals have been selected to participate in the 2003 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship Super Regionals.

The Super Regionals will be conducted May 5-7. The sites and teams selected to participate are listed below. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parentheses next to the institution. The five Super Regional tournaments encompass the current ten regions.

Ten teams and 10 individuals will advance from the super regionals to the championship finals May 20-23, at Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. In addition to the teams and individuals that qualify from the Super Regionals, eight at-large teams and two at-large individuals will be selected on May 9 for the championship finals. The finals will be hosted by California State University, Chico.

NORTHWEST/WEST SUPER REGIONAL
The Meadows Golf Club; Littleton, Colorado; hosted by Colorado Christian University

Teams and seeding selected from the West:

West:
1. Cal State Bakersfield (California Collegiate Athletic Association)
2. Cal State, Stanislaus
3. Western Washington
4. Cal State Chico
5. UC Davis
6. Grand Canyon
7. UC San Diego
8. Hawaii-Hilo

Individuals:
1. Chris Morrow, St. Martin's
2. J.R. Reyes, Cal State San Bernardino
3. Aaron Hare, St. Martin's
4. David Backus, Cal State San Bernardino
5. Kris Swanson, St. Martin's

Four other Super Regional sites and hosts

NORTHEAST/EAST SUPER REGIONAL
Drumlins Golf Club; Syracuse, New York; hosted by LeMoyne College

ATLANTIC/SOUTHEAST SUPER REGIONAL
The Harbor Club; Greensboro, Georgia; hosted by Georgia College & State University

CENTRAL/GREAT LAKES SUPER REGIONAL
Silo Ridge Country Club; Bolivar, Missouri; hosted by Southwest Baptist University

SOUTH/SOUTH CENTRAL SUPER REGIONAL
Turtle Point Country Club; Florence, Alabama; hosted by University of North Alabama

Winner of each region advances to finals (2 teams, 2 individuals)

Rollins College claimed last year's championship after posting a 1-stroke victory at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

Florida Southern leads the list of championships won with 11. The remaining teams that have captured championships are: Columbus State (6); Cal State Northridge (3); Troy State (3); Lamar (2); New Orleans (2); Rollins (2); Tampa (2); Abilene Christian, Cal State Chico, Middle Tennessee, Southern Illinois, Southwest Missouri State, Southwest Texas State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, West Florida (1 each).

For more information about the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships, log on to www.ncaasports.com .

Bakersfield wins 2003 CCAA Golf Championship
- Wildcats finish third

Chico's J.J. Jakovac receives Most Valuable Player of the Year honor for the second-straight year.
Jakovac and Brian Benedictson named All-CCAA

PATTERSON, Calif. – Bill Noon shot a 3-over 219 to lead Cal State Bakersfield to its second straight California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Golf Championship held at The Ranch Course at Diablo Grande.

Bakersfield took a four-stroke lead into the final day after finishing the first two rounds at 27-over par. The tournament, played on the Ranch Course at Diablo Grande, featured solid play despite sporadic rain showers and blustery winds that hindered Monday’s action.

Noon shot a tournament-best 5-under in round one and carried a four-stroke advantage over reigning NCAA Champion J.J. Jakovac of Chico State entering Tuesday’s play.

Noon and Jakovac weathered the elements en route to the only even or subpar rounds in the tournament, both coming in the first round. Cal State Stanislaus finished 2nd (911), followed by Chico State (914) and UC Davis (917).

The top eight finishers received All-CCAA recognition. In a vote of the coaches, Chico State’s Jakovac, who tied for 4th in the tournament, received Most Valuable Player of the Year honors for the second straight year. Jakovac finished in the top 10 at 10 tournaments, winning two of those during the season.

Cal State Stanislaus’ Ryan Thornberry received Freshman of the Year after posting six top-10 finishes this season. Thornberry finished the tournament tied for 17th.

Bakersfield coach Dave Barber was named Coach of the Year for the second straight year.

TEAM: 1. Cal State Bakersfield +38; 2. Cal State Stanislaus +47;3. Chico State +50; 4. UC Davis +53; 5. UC San Diego +82; 6. Cal State, San Bernardino +94; 7. Grand Canyon +99; 8. Cal State Dominguez Hills +142.

Individual (Top 8 earn All-CCAA): 1. Bill Noon (Bakersfield) +3; 2. Jay Westerlund (UC Davis) +5; 3. Mark Baker (Bakersfield) +7; 4t. Jim Schafer (Stanislaus), J.J. Jakovac (Chico), Brian Benedictson (Chico) +10; 7. Charlie Zinn (Stanislaus) +11; 8t. Tommy Medina (Canyon), J.R. Reyes (San Bernardino), Eric Restrepo (UC Davis) +12; 11. Jess Stimack (Chico) +13; 12. Alan Scheer (+14); 13t. Kevin Klebe (Bakersfield), Ron Killmer (Bakersfield) +15; 15. Bill Sutt (Stanislaus) +16; 16. Andy Barnum (Chico) +17; 17t. Scott Gordon (UC Davis), Ryan Thornberry (Stanislaus), Joe Dolby (UC San Diego), Chris Kilkenny (UC Davis), Marc Chandonnet (Canyon), Chris Morgan (Stanislaus) +18; 23. David Backus (San Bernardino) +21; 24. Robbie Kramer (UC San Diego) +24; 25t. D.J. Fernando (Bakersfield), Francisco Reynoso (CS Dominguez Hills) +26; 27. Jan Wong (CS Dominguez Hills) +29; 28t. Frank Firman (San Bernardino), Justin Grant (UC San Diego) +30; 30t. Blake Schneider (UC San Diego), Ryan Prew (Canyon), James Trumble (Chico) +33; 33. James Gambonini (UC Davis) +34; 34. Steve Lamb (Canyon) +36; 35t. David Brown (Canyon), Adam Sepulveda (San Bernardino) +39; 37. Jeremy Hoch (San Bernardino) +41; 38. Chris Whitaker (CS Dominguez Hills), 39. James Madison (CS Dominguez Hills) +50; 40. Jim Trani (CS Dominguez Hills) +56.

Wildcats third after day one of CCAA Championship
(Apr. 21) PATTERSON - The Chico State golf team is sitting in third place after the first round of the CCAA Golf Championship held at Diablo Grande Golf Course.

The Wildcats (306) are just two strokes behind UC Davis (304) and ten strokes behind leader CSU Bakersfield (296).

Bakersfield's low score was fueled by Bill Nune who shot a five-under 67 and was the only player below par in the opening round. Chico State's J.J. Jakovac is in second place after shooting an even-par 72.

Play concludes with another 18 holes tomorrow.

Team Announced for U.S.A. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship
-U.S. squad competes in Japan in July
(Apr. 18) NORMAN, Okla. — The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) has announced the United States team for the Fuji Xerox U.S.A. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship. The 12-member squad, consisting of eight men and four women players, will compete July 15-18 at Verde Sano Country Club in Tochigi, Japan.

UCLA’s Steve Conway, Arkansas’ Andrew Dahl, Jack Ferguson and Matt Hendrix of Clemson, Chico State’s J.J. Jakovac, Tom Johnson of Northwestern, Auburn’s Jay Mundy and Ryan Quinn of Wisconsin-Eau Claire comprise the men’s team.

Jakovac is the defending national champion in NCAA Division II and was named the GCAA Division II Player of the Year last season. Jakovac has finished in the top ten in all nine tournament Chico State has competed in this year. He won two tournaments in the fall and finished among the top five six times.

A junior, Conway has won medallist honors twice this season and leads the Bruins in stroke average. Dahl has claimed two victories and six top-10 finishes his senior season. Ferguson, a sophomore, and Hendrix, a junior, have combined for eight top-10 finishes in helping to lead the Tigers to the No. 1 ranking all spring in the Precept Coaches Poll.

Johnson, a junior, won his first collegiate event and has four top 10 finishes in 2003. Mundy also earned his first victory in his senior season and has finished no lower than 12th in a tournament this season. Quinn has claimed medallist honors three times in his senior campaign.

The women’s team consists of Leigh Ann Hardin and Elizabeth Janangelo of Duke, UCLA’s Charlotte Mayorkas and Texas’ Jessica Reese. Hardin was an All-America selection last season as a sophomore and is a two-time All-ACC honoree. One of the top freshmen in the nation, Janangelo has earned medallist honors twice and garnered four top-10 finishes. A sophomore, Mayorkas has one victory and five top-10 finishes in 2003. Reese also has one tournament victory and four top-10 finishes in her senior season.

The coaches for the U.S. squad are Jack Jensen of Guilford College and Virginia’s Jan Mann. A two-time National Coach of the Year, Jensen has led two teams to national titles while Mann was named the 2002 Big South Coach of the Year and the first-ever head coach of the Virginia women’s golf program in June of the same year.

The U.S. team leads the all-time series, 20-7, and has won seven straight.

Wildcats finish third at Stanislaus Tournament
(Apr. 15) The Chico State men's golf team finished third at the two-day, 54-hole Buzzini/Stanislaus Invitational at Turlock Country Club.

Host CSU Stanislaus (290-284-299-873) won the tournament, finishing 11 strokes ahead of Western Washington (297-296-291-884) and 15 ahead of Chico (292-288-308-888).

Stanislaus freshman Ryan Thornberry (67-71-75-213) took home top medalist honors, beating out Chico's J.J. Jakovac (70-70-74-214), who won the tournament last year, by one stroke.

Chico Finishers:

3 J.J. Jakovac 70 70 74 214
T12 Brian Benedictson 74 73 76 223
T17 Jess Stimack 72 74 80 226
T21 Andy Barnum 76 73 78 227
T45 Scott Alward 82 72 82 236

West Florida takes top spot in Precept Coaches Poll
Chico State at No. 11

(Apr. 10) NORMAN, Okla. — West Florida received 12 of the 20 first-place votes cast in the Precept Division II Coaches Poll to move into its No. 1 ranking. The only team to receive multiple No. 1 votes, West Florida moved up from third. Pfeiffer, who had spent the previous two polls of the spring in the top spot, fell seven spots to No. 8.

Rollins College moved up for the second-straight ranking, climbing form sixth to second. Cal State-Stanislaus comes in at No. 3 with South Carolina-Aiken at fourth and Cal State-Bakersfield at No. 5. All teams in the top five received a first-place vote, as did No. 11 Chico State, No. 12 Colorado-Colorado Springs, No. 17 Abilene Christian and unranked Gannon.

To vote in the Precept Coaches Poll, a coach must be a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The next Precept Division II Coaches poll will be released May 14.

Precept Division II Coaches Poll
Rank University (First-Place Votes) Number of points, Previous Rank
1 West Florida (12) 436, 3
2 Rollins College (1) 405, 6
3 Cal State-Stanislaus (1) 378, 5
4 South Carolina-Aiken (1) 374, 4
5 Cal State-Bakersfield (1) 366, 7
6 Cal-Davis 362, 2
7 Francis Marion 301, 11
8 Pfeiffer 295, 1
9 Florida Southern College 282, 9
10 North Alabama 265, 8
11 Chico State (1) 228, 10
12 Colorado-Colorado Springs (1) 227, 12
13 Kennesaw State 208, 13
14 Armstrong Atlantic State 204, 20
15 Grand Canyon 154, 14
16 Western Washington 152, 21
17 Abilene Christian (1) 146, 16
18 Central Oklahoma 126, 17
19 Delta State 104, 15
19 Drury 104, 22
21 Central Arkansas 98, 23
22 Cameron 97, 18
23 Georgia College & State University 91, 25
24 Cal State-San Bernardino 76, 19
25 Barton College 72, 24

Wildcats finish seventh at Aggie Invite
(Apr. 1) EL MACERO, Calif - Western Washington and Cal State
Bakersfield fired identical 6-over par, 294, in the third and final
round to share the team title at the Aggie Invitational held at El Macero Country Club. Both Western Washington and Bakersfield entered the final round two strokes off the lead held by Cal State Stanislaus and one
behind Kennesaw State.

Chico State was also one of the group of five schools tied at two strokes behind the leader, but faltered in the final round, shooting 303 to drop to seventh place.

Western's Tim Feenstra was the only player in the field to shoot under par all three rounds to claim the individual title by four strokes over a trio of players.

Chico Individual Results:

7 Chico State 297 290 303 890
T6 J.J. Jakovac 74 71 73 218
T16 Andy Barnum 73 71 77 221
T30 Brian Benedictson 74 74 77 225
T34 Jess Stimack 77 74 76 227
T53 Joe Johnson 76 76 82 234

Team Scores:

T1. Western Washington, 881; T1. Cal State Bakersfield, 881; 3. Cal State Stanislaus, 883; 4. Francis Marion, 884; 5. UC Davis, 885; 6. Grand Canyon, 888; 7. Chico State, 890; 8. Kennesaw State, 896; 9. UC San Diego, 897; 10. UC DAVIS BLUE, 909; 11. Western New Mexico, 911; 12. Hawaii-Hilo, 922; 13. Cal State, San Bernardino, 923; 14. Sacramento State, 930; 15. Simon Fraser, 945.

Wildcats finish third in Monterey
(Mar. 18) The 5th annual Otter Invitational was held at the Bayonet Golf course, featuring one of the toughest layouts and playing conditions the Wildcats have seen this year.

In the first round on Monday morning, the 'Cats got off to a good start. JJ Jakovac led the team with a 1-over par 73, Andy Barnum (74) played very steady golf. Brian Benedictson posted a first round 77, Joe Johnson (81) and Ben Knight (83).

Chico State was in a tie for second place after round one with University of Florida Gulf Coast, and trailed first round leader CSU Stanislaus by six shots.

In the afternoon round of day one the already windy conditions worsened. With gusts breaking branches off the tree-lined course and even falling a tree on the first fairway, the games committee met to discuss discontinuing play due to the danger of a player being injured, but decided to play on.

The scores skyrocketed in the afternoon round and Chico State stood in third place going into the final round. Barnum carded an afternoon round 76 and put himself in second place individually heading into the final round. Other scores in the afternoon were Jakovac (80), Johnson (80), Knight (81) and Bendictson (82).

Day two started off calm and cool, but the forecast was for afternoon wind and it came a bit early. Barnum finished the final round with 76 and came in third place individually to lead the Wildcats. Jakovac carded the low round of the day for the Wildcats with 74. Other final round scores were Benedictson (77), Joe Johnson (78) and Ben Knight (79).

The Wildcats made up a few shots on Florida Gulf Coast in the final round but not enough to pass them. Chico State ended up third out of the 17 schools.

Next up for the men's golf team is the Aggie Invitational in Davis, March 31-April 1.

Chico State No. 1 in the nation for first time
(Mar. 14) For the first time ever, the Chico State men's golf team is No. 1 in the nation. The Wildcats earned that honor in the most recent Golfstat rankings.

The Golfstat rankings are the ones used to determine which 10 teams qualify for the national championships, which Chico State will host in May at the Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Oregon. The winner of each of the nation's eight regions earn berths in the National Championship Tournament, along with the next eight teams in the nation.

Two of the main reasons for the Wildcats' ascent to the top have been defending NCAA Division II National Champion JJ Jakovac and teammate Andy Barnum. Jakovac, the No. 1 ranked golfer in Division II this season, continues to turn heads around the nation. He recently tied the Canyon Oaks Country Club course record, carding a 7-under par 65 from the black tees thanks, in part, to an ace on the par-3, third hole. Ironically, the record he tied he shares with Barnum. Jakovac's hole-in-one was the first in his career, an surprisingly, the first time he's ever holed out from beyond 100 yards.

Barnum, meanwhile, has been making some history on his own. He set a course record at Bidwell Park Golf Course with a 9-under par 63 Thursday, March 6. That's the lowest score recorded since the course was redesigned a few years ago. Barnum finished his round with a birdie on the seventeenth and an eagle on the par 5 finishing hole.

Chico’s Brian Benedictson wins individual title-
Chico State holds on to win tournament
(Feb. 25) BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — On a day tailor made for golf, Chico State gave a solid, balanced effort and eased away to win the Elco, Inc. Intercollegiate Tournament at Stockdale Country Club in Bakersfield Tuesday afternoon. The Wildcats used two rounds of 70 and a round of 71 to shoot 286 for the final day.

Although the weather was perfect, freshly rolled greens and tough pin placements conspired against low scores. Only two players broke 70 and only six shot in the red on the par 71 Stockdale course Tuesday. Chico’s Brian Benedictson, who shot a tournament low 64 in the first round Monday, shot 70 Tuesday and outpaced Ryan Higton of The Master’s College and teammate J.J. Jakovac by one stroke for medalist honors at one–under 212.

That trio were the only players at or below par for the tournament. Higton took second place with a birdie on his first playoff hole vs. Jakovac. UC Davis shot 291 Tuesday and finished third overall at 879. St. Martin’s College slipped to 299 and finished fourth, 27 strokes off the pace. Holy Names College shot the low team round Tuesday with a 284. Holy Names won the non–NCAA Division II flight with a score of 874, 20 strokes better than The Master’s.

The Elco, Inc. Intercollegiate ends the fall season for the Chico State golf team. The Wildcats return to action Feb. 24–25 when they return to Bakersfield for the Family Motors Invitational at Seven Oaks Country Club.

Team Leaderboard
NCAA DIVISION II FLIGHT
1 Chico State 281 293 286 860 +8
2 CS BAKERSFIELD 288 294 288 870 +18
3 UC Davis 289 299 291 879 +27
4 St. Martin’s College 297 291 299 887 +35
5 UC San Diego 303 298 300 901 +49
6 CS San Bernardino 310 303 316 929 +77
7 NW Nazarene 307 318 306 931 +79

NON–NCAA DIVISION II FLIGHT
1 Holy Names 293 297 284 874 +22
2 The Master’s Coll. 312 289 293 894 +42
Fresno State (JV) 303 298 293 894 +42
4 Pt. Loma Nazarene 298 293 304 895 +43

Individual Leaderboard
# School Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Total +/–
1 Brian Benedictson (CS) 64 78 70 212 –1
2 Ryan Higton (TM)* 72 70 71 213 E
3 J.J. Jakovac (CS)* 73 70 70 213 E
4 D.J. Fernando (CSB) 70 74 70 214 +1
5 Jan Godoski (UCSD) 73 67 74 214 +1
6 Matt Thornton (HN) 76 70 68 214 +1
7 Daniel Horning (PL) 71 72 72 215 +2
8 Jay Westerlund (UCD) 71 69 75 215 +2
9 Chris Morrow (SM) 68 71 78 217 +4
10 Scott Alward (CS) 74 72 71 217 +4
11 Billy Noon (CSB) 75 74 69 218 +5
*Higton birdied 1st playoff hole to take 2nd place

Removing the non-Division II players here's how Chico finished
1. Brian Benedictson 64 78 70 212 -1
2. J.J. Jakovac 73 70 70 213 +1
T6. Scott Alward 74 72 71 217 +4
T14. Andy Barnum 74 73 76 223 +10
T22. Joe Johnson 70 83 75 228 +15

Jakovac wins D-II Championship Preview-
Wildcats rally to finish third

(Oct. 15) J.J. Jakovac held on to his first-day lead to take top medalist honors at the D-II Championship Preview hosted by Chico State at Crosswater Club in Sunriver Resort, Oregon.

Jakovac posted a low round of 68 on Monday and followed it up with a 71 for a two-stroke lead over Jim Schafer (71-70-141) of CSU Stanislaus, who started the day tied for second place. The 71 Jakovac posted may sound routine, but after struggling earlier in the round, he needed to finish strong and went on to birdie five of his last six holes, including the final four.

Chico State entered second-day play tied for fourth place with UC San Diego and UC Davis, but a combined total of 294 propelled the Wildcats ahead of both teams, as well as CSU San Bernardino.

Team Standings
1. CSU Stansilaus 293-291=584
2. University of West Florida 297-288=585
3. Chico State 300-294=594
4. CSU Bakersfield 304-291=595
t5. UC Davis 300-299=599
t5. CSU San Bernardino 298-301=599
7. UC San Diego 300-304=604
8. Ferris State U. 305-301=606
t9. Grand Canyon U. 309-301=610
t9. Western Washington U. 314-296=610
11. Hawaii-Hilo, U. of 316-306=622
12. St. Martin's College 312-3314=626
13. Northwest Nazarene 322-322=644

Top 5 Players
1. J.J. Jakovac, Chico St. 68-71=139
2. Jim Schafer, CSU Stanislaus 71-70=141
t3. Kevin Warrick, W. Florida 76-69=145
t3. David Backus, San Bernardino 72-73=145
t3. Joe Christianson, W. Florida 73-72= 145

Chico State Players
1. J.J. Jakovac, Chico St. 68-71=139
t11. Brian Benedictson 74-73=147
t43. Andy Barnum 80-76=156
t43 Scott Alward 78-78=156
t59. Jimmy Trumble 90-74=164

Jakovac wins individual title in Phoenix -
'Cats finish fourth
(Oct. 8) J.J. Jakovac shot three under par in the final round of the Grand Canyon Oak Craft Classic to finish ten under for the three round tournament and take home top medalist honors. The Wildcats, who found themselves in sixth place after day one, rallied into a fourth-place finish.

Wildcats finish 4th at Washington Invite
(Oct. 1) The Wildcats opened the season finishing fourth out of eleven teams in the Washington Invite at Bellingham Country Club, Aug 30-Oct. 1. The Wildcats finished fifteen strokes off the lead of tournament champion Western Washington.

Chico's J.J. Jakovac (6th), Scott Alward (T15th), and Brian Benedictson (T18th) finished among the top twenty in the 54-hole tournament.

Men's Golf signs sought-after freshman
Brian Van Heel, a standout golfer out of Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks, will be joining the Wildcats next year on the links.

Van Heel won the 2002 CIF/SCGA Championship in June posting a tournament-best 68 to beat a highly decorated field. His name is now on the trophy with such distinguished past champions as Craig Stadler, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods.
Van Heel sifted through numerous offers before narrowing down his choice to San Diego State, USC, or Chico State.

Needless to say, we are overly excited about signing Brian, said Head Coach Keith Thomas. I've been looking for that strong fifth player all summer and now I got him. He is a wonderful fit to the roster and I expect great things in the near future for Chico State golf. My confidence is high for next season and confidence is contagious.

Van Heel will be joining junior J.J. Jakovac, who won the 2002 Division II National Championship in Florida.