2003-04 Season Archive

2003-04 Meet-by-Meet results (PDF)

Chico State's J.J. Jakovac named CCAA Athlete of the Year
WALNUT CREEK - Chico State golfer J.J. Jakovac has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association 2003-04 Athlete of the Year. It is the second time in his collegiate career he has received the prestigious honor. The last time was 2002.

Jakovac topped off an incredible collegiate career with an amazing senior year. On May 15, Jakovac won his second NCAA individual national championship by a convincing six strokes over his nearest competitor. He was the only player in the field to shoot under par at the extremely challenging Victoria Hills Golf Club in Deland, Florida.

Jakovac was named the winner of the Jack Nicklaus Award as the nation’s top Division II golfer, and for the third time was named to the PING All-America squad.

In 12 tournaments this year, Jakovac won four, finished in the top five 10 times, and finished in the top 10 eleven times. Of his 37 rounds this season, 30 were par or better, for a 70.5 stroke average.

Additionally, Jakovac led the Wildcats to a second-place finish this year at the National Championship, after a fifth-place finish in 2003, and the 2004 West Region Championship. The team won five tournaments this year and finished second five times.

Ben Knight named Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar Recipient
NORMAN, Okla. - The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) has announced the 2004 Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar Recipients for Divisions I, II, and III. Chico State’s Ben Knight is one of 35 Division II athletes to receive the honor this year. Joseph Dolby of UC San Diego is the only other California Collegiate Athletic Association player to receive the award.

To be eligible for Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically and competed in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70-percent of his teams competitive rounds, have a stroke average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II and 79.0 in Division III and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 in Division I and 3.0 in Divisions II and III. A recipient must also be of high moral character and in good standing at his college or university.

Jakovac wins Nicklaus, Palmer Awards
PING All-America First Team recipients also named
DELAND, Fla. - Chico State’s J.J. Jakovac won the Jack Nicklaus Award presented by Dillard’s, Inc. and Hartmarx Corporation and the Outback Steakhouse Arnold Palmer Award and earned PING All-America First Team honors following the final round of the NCAA Division II Championships announced the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).

A senior from Napa, Calif., Jakovac claimed medalist honors at the national championship to earn the Palmer. The Nicklaus is awarded to the outstanding college golfer, an award Jakovac earned with four victories, ten top-five finishes and 11 top-10 finishes in 12 tournaments. Of his 37 rounds this season, 30 were par or better for a 70.5 stroke average.

Andrea Signor of West Florida was named recipient of the Phil Mickelson Award, which is presented to the outstanding freshman golfer in Division II. Signor claimed medalist honors twice this season and finished in the top five four times and the top 10 on six occasions.

The PING All-America first team consisted of Luke Antonelli of St Mary’s (Texas), Barton’s Courtney Faircloth, Jakovac, Nick Mason of Hawaii-Hilo, St. Martin’s Shane Prante, Brett Swedberg of St. Cloud State, Ryan Thornberry of Cal. State-Stanislaus and Armstrong Atlantic State’s Thomas Whittaker.

Chico State junior Marc Peterson, who recorded six top-20, four top-10 and, two top-five finishes this season received Second Team PING All-American honors.

Wildcats finish second at Division-II National Championship
Jakovac wins individual title by six strokes
DELAND, Florida - The Chico State men's golf team started out the final day of the NCAA Division II Golf Championship two strokes behind the leader, but couldn't make up the ground, finishing second in the nation to South Carolina-Aiken.

The Wildcats (300-297-298-305-1200), who improved on last year's fifth-place finish, shot their high round of the tournament today to finish nine strokes back of S.C.-Aiken (304-297-292-298-1191).

Chico State was the only team to finish among the top four in the standings each day. The Wildcats landed in fourth place after day one, moved into second on day two, and then dropped to third after day three.

J.J. Jakovac (77-70-67-73-287) led the field by four strokes entering today's round and held on to win the individual national title by six stokes. Jakovac, who also won the national title in 2002, was the only participant of the 102-player field to finish under par. Courtney Faircloth of Barton College and Ryan Thornberry of Cal State Stanislaus finished tied for second at 5-over.

Marc Peterson (71-75-82-76-304) finished tied for 23 after a plus-4 round today. Peterson had two birdies on the front, but was three over after nine holes. He pared holes number 10-17, before finishing with a bogey.

Ben Knight (80-74-73-79-306) couldn't overcome two double bogeys and posted 7-over in the final round to finish tied for 35th.

Chris Massoletti (73-78-77-86-314) struggled thorough out the day, six over after nine and 14 over for the round to end up in a tie for 66th place.

Jess Stimack (79-81-81-77-318) was the only Wildcat to post his best round of the tournament in the final 18 holes. He recorded one birdie in each nine, and unfortunately his only double of day came on his last hole. He finished tied for 76th.

Wildcats two strokes down entering final round
Jakovac holds four-stoke lead over field
DELAND, Florida - The Chico State golf team dropped a slot into third place after the third round of play at the NCAA Division II Golf Championship in Deland, Fla. The good news is the team is just two strokes behind the leader entering the final day of play.

The championship concludes tomorrow with a final 18 holes at Victoria Hills Golf Club. The Wildcats tee off at 9:20 (PST)

The Wildcats (300-297-298-895) are in third place, after finishing at 10-over. Barry University (305-291-298-894), which led Chico State by one stroke entering today’s round, also finished at 10-over. South Carolina-Aiken (304-297-292-893) jumped from third place into first place with a plus-4 performance.

J.J. Jakovac (77-70-67-214), who started the day tied for fifth, shot a five-under par 67 to charge into first place and holds a four-stroke lead over Courtney Faircloth of Barton College. Jakovac’s, round is the low of the tournament and the only round posted in the 60s out of the 306 rounds played so far. Jakovac, who won the 2002 individual national title, had six birdies in the first nine holes, including three straight on holes seven-nine.

Marc Peterson (71-75-82-228), who played so well in the first two rounds and was sitting in second place to begin play today, struggled early. Peterson was 6-over after nine holes and ended the day 10-over to drop into a tie for 30th.

Ben Knight (80-74-73-227) birdied two of his final three holes to finish at 1-over and move up into a tie for 22nd.

Chris Massoletti (73-78-77-228) was 2-over after nine and ended the day at 5-over. He is now tied with Peterson and six others in 30th place.

Jess Stimack (79-81-81-241) is tied for 84th in the 102-player field.

Wildcats move into second place
DELAND, Florida - What a difference a day makes…The Chico State men’s golf team is now just one shot behind new leader Barry University midway through the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship.

The Wildcats (300-297-597) moved from fourth place into second place with two rounds left to play at Victoria Hills Golf Club in Deland, Florida. Barry University (305-291-596), which was tied for ninth yesterday took over the lead. Yesterday’s leader Columbus State (291-314-605) dropped to sixth and CSU Stanislaus which stood in second, is now fourth.

J.J. Jakovac (77-70-147), who battled through the opening round with the flu, came back today to birdie three of his last four holes to end at 2-under and move from 42nd place into a tie for fifth.

Marc Peterson (71-75-146), who remains tied for second in the individual standings, had four birdies in his first 10 holes today, but went on to bogey five of the next six holes to finish 3-over.

Ben Knight (80-74-154) was steady throughout the day, finishing each nine at 1-over par for a 74. He moves up from 66th into 48th place.

Chris Massoletti (73-78-151), who struggled early today, ending the front nine at 5-over, but played the back nine at just 1-over, and Jess Stimack (79-81-160) round out the Wildcat scores.

Wildcats in fourth place after opening round
DELAND, Florida - It wasn’t the start they were looking for, but the Chico State men’s golf team sits in fourth place, nine stokes behind the leader, after the first 18 holes of the NCAA Division II Golf Championship being played at Victoria Hills Golf Club in Deland, Florida.

The Wildcats, who enter the championship ranked No. 1 throughout the spring, shot a 12-over par 300 and trail University of West Florida by one stroke, Cal State Stanislaus by five strokes and Columbus State University by nine.

Marc Peterson was the bright spot for the Wildcats, sitting one shot off the individual lead with a 1-under par round. Peterson had four birdies, including back-to-back birdies on holes number 18 and number one. He is one of just four players in the 102-member field to shoot under par in the first round.

Chris Massoletti played exceptionally well early in his round with three birdies in his first nine holes. He faltered with a triple bogey on hole number seven, his 15th of the day, but recovered with a birdie on number nine to finish tied for 10th at plus-1.

J.J. Jakovac didn’t play to his usual numbers, with three bogeys on each of the front and back nines. His only birdie of the day came in his final hole, leaving him at 5-over par and tied for 42nd overall.

Jess Stimack started his round with a double bogey and had five bogeys throughout the round. He pared his final seven holes to finish at seven over.

Ben Knight was two over after 12 holes, but a combined 7-over for his next five holes left him at plus-9 before birding he final hole for an 8-under round.

With three more rounds to be played, the Wildcats have plenty of golf ahead and the talent to challenge for the top spot.

Chico State ready for first-round play in Florida
Coming off a 13-stroke victory at the highly talented West Regional, the Chico State men's golf team is primed to compete for a national title at the Division II National Championships Festival in Orlando, Florida.

The Wildcats, who finished fifth in the country last year, tee off beginning at 7:30 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, May 12, at Victoria Hills Country Club in Deland, Florida. The championship event consists of four, 18-hole rounds May 12-15.

The festival will host the very best student-athletes from Division II schools competing in six different sports (softball, women's lacrosse, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis). All competition will take place at venues located throughout Central Florida. Outside of the championship competition, the festival will include such activities as the opening ceremonies, the closing ceremonies, NCAA Beyond the Game presented by CBS Sports, along with numerous other opportunities for both student-athletes and spectators.

Chico State Stays Tops in GCAA/Precept Final Regulars Season Poll
Wildcats capture 14 first-place votes
NORMAN, Okla. - Chico State ended the regular season where it has spent the entire spring - atop the GCAA/Precept Division II Coaches Poll. The Wildcats earned 14 first-place votes to hold the top ranking.

Three other teams also received first-place votes - second-ranked West Florida (one), third-ranked Cal. State-Bakersfield (two) and fourth-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State (one). Cal. State-Stanislaus fell one spot to fifth and is followed by South-Carolina Aiken, Francis Marion, Hawaii-Hilo and UC-San Diego. St. Mary’s and Western Washington tied at No. 10.

Carson-Newman moved up a spot to No. 12. Florida Southern and Georgia College and State University tied at No. 13. Coker stood pat at No. 15 while North Alabama, Northeastern State, Delta State, Barton and Columbus State round out the top 20.

Barry dropped to No. 21 while Lynn fell four places to No. 22. Cameron and Arkansas Tech reentered the top 25 at Nos. 23 and 24, respectively. Rollins checked in at No. 25.

Central Oklahoma and St. Edward’s were dropped from the rankings.

The Division II Precept Coaches Poll is voted on by a panel of Division II coaches and administrators that are members of the Golf Coaches Association of America. The final Division II GCAA/Precept Coaches Poll will reflect the final team standings at the NCAA Division II Championships.

Precept Division II Coaches Poll
Rank University (First-Place Votes) Number of points, Prev.
1 Chico State (14) 446, 1
2 West Florida (1) 419, 2
3 Cal. State-Bakersfield (2) 403, 3
4 Armstrong Atlantic State (1) 394, 5
5 Cal. State-Stanislaus 379, 4
6 South Carolina-Aiken 343, 6
7 Francis Marion 300, 9
8 Hawaii-Hilo 280, 8
9 UC-San Diego 271, 7
T10 St. Mary’s 263, 10
T10 Western Washington 263, 12
12 Carson-Newman 230, 13
T13 Florida Southern 193, 11
T13 Georgia College & State Univ. 193, 16
15 Coker 169, 15
16 North Alabama 160, 17
17 Northeastern State 148, 14
18 Delta State 147, 19
19 Barton 140, 21
20 Columbus State 111, 23
21 Barry 101, 20
22 Lynn 90, 18
23 Cameron 63, NR
24 Arkansas Tech 60, NR
25 Rollins 47, 22

Wildcat golfers win West Regional with ease
Jakovac finishes 2nd, Peterson 4th
BELLINGHAM, WA – How was the west won? Wednesday, the Chico State men's golf team won it with ease. The Wildcats pummeled their highly-regarded competition in the NCAA Division II Western Region Golf Championship by 13 strokes to clinch a spot in the NCAA Championship Tournament May 12-15 in Orlando, Florida.

Two-time All-American and 2002 National Player of the Year J.J. Jakovac led the Wildcats' charge with a round of 3-under Wednesday, which left him 6-under for the tournament, good for second place. Cal State Stanislaus' Ryan Thornberry won the individual title at 7-under par. Chico State's Marc Peterson finished 2-under on the day and 4-under for the tournament, good for fourth place.

Chico State, ranked No. 1 in the nation for much of the year, was the only team in the tournament to finish more than one round under par, and they did it for all three. Thanks to opening rounds of 1-under and 7-under, the Wildcats entered Wednesday's final round with a 7-stroke lead. That lead stretched to 13 as the Wildcats' 287 was the best round of the day.

Saint Martin's, which entered the day in a third-place tie, fired a 291 to move into second with a finish of 4-over par. Cal State Stanislaus, behind the play of their sophomore sensation, Thornberry, carded a 7-over for third place. UC San Diego (+8), Western Washington (+10), Hawaii-Hilo (+11), CCAA Champion Cal State Bakersfield (+14), and Grand Canyon (+56) rounded out the field.

Jakovac trailed Thornberry by three strokes entering the final day, but was 3-under on the day after just 11 holes and had Thornberry in his sites, just one shot ahead. Jakovac could never find that elusive birdie, however, and had to settle for a solid second-place finish.

Peterson, whose top career finish was a fourth-place at the recent CCAA Championships, remained hot and matched that finish. He made just one bogey all day Wednesday and birdied three holes to move from a fifth-place tie to a fourth-place finish.

In the National Championship Tournament, the Wildcats will attempt to better last year's 5th-place finish.

Following are results from the NCAA West Region Championship:

# School Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Total Total +/–
1 Chico State 287 281 287 855 -9
2 St. Martin's 293 284 291 868 +4
3 CS Stanislaus 288 289 294 871 +7
4 UC San Diego 284 291 297 872 +8
5 Western Washington 283 295 296 874 +10
6 Hawaii-Hilo 295 290 290 875 +11
7 CSU Bakersfield 290 294 294 878 +14
8 Grand Canyon 306 304 310 920 +56

1 Ryan Thornberry, Cal State Stanislaus 69 69 71 209 -7
2 J.J. Jakovac, Chico State 72 69 69 210 -6
3 Nick Mason, Hawaii-Hilo 72 71 68 211 -5
4 Marc Peterson, Chico State 72 70 70 212 -4
5 Shane Prante, St. Martin's 72 71 70 213 -3
Other Chico State finishers in 45-man field:
T13 Chris Massoletti 74 70 75 219 +3
T15 Ben Knight 69 78 73 220 +4
T28 Jess Stimack 74 72 79 225 +9

Wildcat golfers roar into 7-stroke lead at West Regional
Jakovac, Peterson in striking distance
BELLINGHAM, WA – The Chico State men's golf team fired a tournament-best 7-under par 281 to take a commanding lead in the highly-competitive NCAA Division West Regional Tuesday.

In a region that features six of the top 12 teams in the nation, the top-ranked Wildcats, 8-under par for the tournament, lead UC San Diego (-1) by seven strokes. Cal State Stanislaus and St. Martin's are tied for third at 1-over par, and Western Washington is 2-over par.

Leading the Wildcats charge Tuesday were J.J. Jakovac, Marc Peterson, and Chris Massoletti. Jakovac was actually tied for the individual lead at 6-under par before triple bogeying the final hole of the day. Still, he finished the round 3-under par. Peterson and Massoletti each carded 2-under par, while Jess Stimack finished even through his 18 holes.

Ben Knight, who was only one stroke out of the lead after Monday's opening round, bogeyed five of the first nine holes Tuesday, carded a 6-over 78, and fell to 6-over par for the tournament.

Despite disappointing finishes to strong rounds both Monday and Tuesday, Jakovac is tied for second place at 3-under par and within striking of leader Ryan Thornberry of Cal State Stanislaus (-6). Peterson is tied for fifth at 2-under par and Massoletti is tied for 10th place at even par. Stimack is in an 18th-place tie at 2-over for the tournament, one stroke ahead of Knight, who is tied for 22nd place in the 45-player field.

Ten regional champions across the country earn automatic berths in the NCAA Division II National Championships May 12-15 at Orlando, Florida. Eight at-large berths are also available to teams finishing in the top five in their regional tournament. Last season, four at-large teams were selected from the Western Region.

'Cats struggle down stretch, finishing opening round in third place
Ben Knight one stroke off lead at 3-under
BELLINGHAM, WA – After leading by as many as five strokes, the Chico State men's golf team struggled down the stretch and dipped into third place after the opening round of the NCAA Division II Men's West Regional at Bellingham Golf and Country Club, hosted by Western Washington University. Chico State, 1-under as a team, trails host Western Washington (-5) and UC San Diego (-4) after the first of three rounds.

Chico State was 10-under at one point with Ben Knight, J.J. Jakovac, and Marc Peterson all well under par. Knight was the only player who didn't stumble down the stretch, however, and finished the day 3-under, just one stroke behind co-leaders Luke Bennett (Western Washington) and Joe Dolby (UC San Diego). Both Jakovac and Peterson were 3-over par over the last four holes and finished at even par. Chris Massoletti also struggled at the end of his round, bogeying two of the final three holes to finish 2-over, along with teammate Jess Stimack.

The Wildcats, ranked No. 1 in the nation, will attempt to retake the lead in Tuesday's second round. The tournament, the winner of which earns an automatic bid to the National Championship Tournament, wraps up with Wednesday's third round.

American team named for U.S. vs. Japan matches
Jakovac selected for second straight year
NORMAN, Okla. - The United States Team has been named for the 2004 Fuji Xerox U.S.A. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship announced the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The 12-member squad will consist of eight men’s and four women’s collegiate players. The event will be held July 13-16 at Taiheiyou Club Ichihara Course in Chiba, Japan.

Trent Erb of Oglethorpe, Kentucky’s John Holmes, J.J. Jakovac of Chico State, Colorado State’s Nolan Martin, Indiana’s Jeff Overton, Michael Putnam of Pepperdine, Minnesota’s Justin Smith and Peter Tomasulo of California comprise the men’s portion of the team.

Jakovac will be competing in his second Fuji Xerox U.S.A. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship after helping to lead the U.S. to victory in 2003. The senior was the 2002 recipient of the Division II Arnold Palmer Award and has earned first-team PING All-America honors the past two seasons. Jakovac won three tournaments this year and collected top-five finishes in all but two of Chico State's 10 tournament appearances.

A senior from Athens, Ga., Erb is the two-time Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year and was a 2003 Division III PING All-America selection. Holmes, a junior from Campbellsville, Ky., was an honorable mention PING All-America honoree and has one tournament victory this season.

An honorable mention PING All-America selection in 2003, Martin is a senior from Colorado Springs, Colo. A four-time tournament medalist this season, Jeff Overton is a junior from Evansville, Ind. A junior from Tacoma, Wash., Putnam was named an honorable mention PING All-America selection in 2003 and claimed medalist honors once this season. A two-time PING All-American, Smith, a senior from Moon Township, Pa., has won two tournaments this season. Tomasulo will also be competing in his second GCAA international competition after representing his country in the 2003 Palmer Cup presented by Monster. He was a PING third-team All-America recipient last season.

Team USA leads all-time U.S.A. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship series, 21-7, and has won eight-straight competitions.

Field announced for NCAA D-II Super Regional
Chico State receives No. 1 seed
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Six of the top 12 teams and 13 of the top 23 players in NCAA Division II are part of the field announced today for the NCAA Division II West/Northwest Super Regional, which Western Washington University will host May 3-5 at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club.

Chico State, ranked No.1 nationally both by Golfstat and by the NCAA Division II coaches poll, is the top seed in the West Region.  The Wildcats, who finished fifth in the 2003 NCAA II National Tournament, are led by J.J. Jakovac, a first-team All-American last year who is the top-ranked player in the country with a 70.4 stroke average.

Cal State Bakersfield is the second seed in the West, followed by Cal State Stanislaus, UC San Diego, Western, Hawaii-Hilo, Grand Canyon and Saint Martin’s. Two-time defending regional champion UC Davis is in the first year of a transition to NCAA Division I and is not eligible for post-season play.

The host Vikings are the No.6 seed in the very strong West Region, which includes all six of the nationally ranked teams in the field.

The 54-hole event, one of five super regionals across the country, is actually two simultaneous regional tournaments of eight schools and five additional individuals from non-qualifying schools. The winning school in each region earns an automatic berth to the NCAA II National Tournament at Orlando, Fla., on May 12-15.  The next four teams in each region qualify for consideration for a total of eight at-large berths. Last year, the West sent the maximum five teams to nationals, earning four at-large spots.

In addition, the top individual in each region from schools not qualifying for nationals earns an individual berth to the national tourney.

The two regions play concurrently in separate tournaments, with the West Region starting from the first hole in the opening round and the Northwest Region opening on the 10th. The two regions flip-flop for the second round, then return to the original starting points for the final round.

In the most recent Golfstat rankings, Cal State Bakersfield is rated fifth nationally, Cal State Stanislaus sixth, Western seventh, Hawaii-Hilo 10th and UC San Diego 12th.


 West Region
1. Chico State
2. Cal State Bakersfield
3. Cal State Stanislaus
4. UC San Diego
5. Western Washington
6. Hawaii-Hilo
7. Grand Canyon
8. Saint Martin’s

Bryan Newman, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Ryan Plummer, Cal State San Bernardino
Andy Ainsworth, Western New Mexico
Adam Lewis, Sonoma State
Jason Myers, Western New Mexico

 Players to Watch
J.J. Jakovac, Chico State, 70.4 (ranked No.1 nationally, 2003 1st-team GCAA All-American, 2002 NCAA D-II Champion)
Shane Prante, Saint Martin’s, 70.7 (Medalist at WWU Fall Invitational)
Ryan Thornberry, Cal State Stanislaus, 71.1 (2003 h.m. All-American)
D.J. Fernando, Cal State Bakersfield, 71.7 (2004 CCAA Champion)
Nick Mason, Hawaii-Hilo, 71.8
Billy Moon, Cal State Stanislaus, 72.6
Greg Lopez, Cal State Bakersfield, 72.9
Brian Duckworth, UC San Diego, 73.6
Marc Peterson, Chico State, 73.6
Benjamin Knight, Chico State, 73.6
Josh Immordino, Western Washington, 73.6 (2003 h.m. All-American)
Tim Feenstra, Western Washington, 73.7 (2003 3rd-team All-American, GCAA Freshman of the Year)

 Northwest Region
1. St. Cloud State MN
2. South Dakota
3. North Dakota State
4. Minnesota State Mankato
5. Fort Lewis CO
6. Colorado-Colorado Springs
7. Colorado State-Pueblo
8. Nebraska-Kearney
Jon Burns, Augustana SD
Terry Kragero, North Dakota
Miles Philpy, Regis CO
Chris Sylvia, Regis CO
Jeff Philippe, Adams State CO
Players to Watch
Chris Little, St. Cloud State, 71.5
Jon Burns, Augustana SD, 72.9

'Cats, Jakovac finish 2nd at CCAA Championships
Jakovac named conference MVP for third straight year
PATTERSON, CA - The final day of the CCAA Men's Golf Championship was one of mixed results for Chico State Tuesday. Though the runner-up Wildcats failed to stop Cal State Bakersfield from winning its third straight conference title, J.J. Jakovac was named the conference MVP for the third consecutive year, Head Coach Keith Thomas earned CCAA Coach of the Year honors, and Marc Peterson joined Jakovac on the All-CCAA team.

Jakovac, the 2002 Division II National Player of the Year, becomes the only three-time CCAA MVP. Jakovac won three tournaments, finished second twice, and placed in the top 10 in all nine tournaments the team competed in this year.

Bakersfield, which led by six strokes entering the final round, fired a tournament-best 286 Tuesday to end any Chico State hopes for a title. D.J. Fernando, who was locked in a two-way battle with Jakovac for the individual title, carded the day's best round, a 68, to claim that honor. Jakovac's 73 was enough to keep him in second place at 1-under par. Peterson finished 4th at 3-over, while teammate Benjamin Knight finished 9th at 7-over par.

The top eight finishers received All-CCAA honors. Billy Moon was named CCAA Freshman of the Year. Mon on one tournament and finished second in another to end the year with five top-five finishes.

Next up for the Wildcats is the NCAA Super Regional hosted by Western Washington May 3-5.

Chico State, Jakovac 2nd after first day of CCAA Championship Tournament
PATTERSON, CA - If it’s the CCAA Championship Tournament, the Cal State Bakersfield golf team must be taking its game up a level. CSUB shot an aggregate 582 through 36 holes Monday to lead the field at the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship at Diablo Grande Golf Course in Patterson.

Paced by 2002 NCAA champion J.J. Jakovac's consecutive 70s for a 4-under par total, the Chico State men are in second place at 12-over par. Jakovac trails Bakersfield's D.J. Fernando, who turned in the round of the day, carding a five–under 67 in the afternoon, by a single stroke.

CSUB won the CCAA title in 2002 and 2003 and is looking to become just the second conference golf team to win three consecutive titles. The Roadrunners were the only team to break 280 in either round Monday, shooting 288 in the afternoon after scoring 294 in the morning. Chico State followed a 295 in the morning with a 293 in the afternoon. No other team broke 300 in the morning or afternoon.

CSUB, ranked No. 3 in the latest Precept NCAA Division II national poll, leads top–ranked Chico State 582 to 588 through 36 holes. No. 4 ranked Cal State Stanislaus is a distant third, 21 strokes behind CSUB at 603 with 18 to play.

Marc Peterson adn Benjamin Knight are the other Wildcats in the top 10. They are tied for sixth place at 4-over par.

The 2004 CCAA Golf Championship concludes Tuesday with 18 holes at Diablo Grande Golf Course in Patterson.

# Schools Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Total Total +/–
1 CS BAKERSFIELD 294 288 582 +6
2 Chico State 295 293 588 +12
3 CS Stanislaus 303 300 603 +27
4 UC San Diego 305 303 608 +32
5 CS San Bernardino 307 306 613 +37
6 Grand Canyon 312 308 620 +44
7 Sonoma State 313 310 623 +47
8 CS Dominguez Hills 315 315 630 +54

# Individuals Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Total Total +/–
1 D.J. Fernando (CSB) 72 67 139 –5
2 J.J. Jakovac (CHICO) 70 70 140 –4
3 Greg Lopez (CSB) 73 71 144 E
4 Ryan Thornberry (CSS) 73 72 145 +1
Robert Mink (SB) 70 75 145 +1
6 Marc Peterson (CHICO) 73 75 148 +4
Jeff King (CSS) 75 73 148 +4
Benjamin Knight (CHICO) 75 73 148 +4
9 Kevin Starr (CSB) 74 75 149 +5
Joe Dolby (UCSD) 71 78 149 +5

Chico State continues streak at No. 1 in Poll
Wildcats claim 13 first-place votes
NORMAN, Okla. - Chico State earned 13 first-place votes to remain the nation’s top-ranked Division II men’s golf team in the GCAA/Precept Coaches Poll. The Wildcats have held the No. 1 spot the entire spring season.

West Florida claimed two first-place votes to climb a spot to second. Cal. State-Bakersfield, who spent most of the fall in the top spot, also moved up on spot in the poll to third. Cal. State-Stanislaus dropped from second to fourth. Armstrong Atlantic stayed at fifth and is followed by South Carolina-Aiken, UC-San Diego, Hawaii-Hilo, Francis Marion and St. Mary’s.

Florida Southern fell one rung to fall out of the top 10 to No. 11. Western Washington came in at No. 13 while Carson-Newman, Northeastern State and Coker fill Nos. 12-15. Georgia College & State University (No. 16), North Alabama (No. 17), Lynn (No. 18) and Barry (No. 20) all climbed into the top 20 while Delta State dropped a rung to No. 19.

The Division II Precept Coaches Poll is voted on by a panel of Division II coaches and administrators that are members of the Golf Coaches Association of America. The final Division II Precept Coaches regular season poll will be released April 29.

GCAA/Precept Coaches Poll Top 25
Division II - April 15, 2004
Rank University (First-Place Votes) Points Prev.
1 Chico State (13) 372 1
2 West Florida (2) 348 3
3 Cal. State-Bakersfield 323 4
4 Cal. State-Stanislaus 321 2
5 Armstrong Atlantic State 315 5
6 South Carolina-Aiken 298 7
7 UC-San Diego 232 6
8 Hawaii-Hilo 223 8
9 Francis Marion 219 9
10 St. Mary's 207 11
11 Florida Southern 203 10
12 Western Washington 193 13
13 Carson-Newman 190 16
14 Northeastern State 155 15
15 Coker College 151 14
16 Georgia College & State Univ. 128 22
17 North Alabama 114 21
18 Lynn 105 25
19 Delta State 100 18
20 Barry 98 24
21 Barton 86 17
22 Rollins 67 19
23 Columbus State 62 NR
24 Central Oklahoma 56 20
25 St. Edward's 37 NR

Wildcats finish in eighth place at Stanislaus Invite
TURLOCK - Chico State men's golf, the top-ranked Division II team in the nation, finished eighth out of 19 teams at the Buzzini/Stanislaus Invitational in Turlock.

The Wildcats shot a combined 301 in Tuesday's final round to finish 29 shots behind winner UC Davis. The Aggies edged host Cal State Stanislaus by two shots for the title.

This was the final regular-season tournament for the Wildcats, and unfortunately, their worst finish of the year. In the Wildcats eight previous tournaments this year, they have won four times, came in second three times, and finished fourth once.

Chico State's J.J. Jakovac shot his second straight 70 to finish with a three-round total of 216, good for 10th on the individual list. Hawaii-Hilo's Nick Mason and Cal State Stanislaus' Ryan Thornberry tied for the top spot at 210, but Mason was declared the medalist by virtue of his second-round 65, which was the lowest of the event.

The Wildcats' Marc Peterson shot 78 Tuesday and tied for 21st at 222. No other Chico State player was among the top 40.

Next up is the NCAA Super Regional hosted by Western Washington in Bellingham, May 3-5.

8 Chico State 297 296 301 894
10 J.J. Jakovac 76 70 70 216
T21 Marc Peterson 71 73 78 222
T43 Benjamin Knight 75 76 77 228
T55 Chris Massoletti 77 78 76 231
T67 Jess Stimack 75 77 83 235

Chico State stays No. 1 in Coaches Poll
Wildcats tally 12 first-place votes
NORMAN, Okla. - Chico State earned 12 first-place votes to remain the nation’s top-ranked Division II men’s golf team in the GCAA/Precept Coaches Poll. The Wildcats have held the No. 1 spot the entire spring season.

Cal. State-Stanislaus moved up two spots to second and third-ranked West Florida who had one first-place vote. Cal. State-Bakersfield dropped two places to fourth. Armstrong Atlantic earned the only other first-place vote to rank fifth. UC-San Diego climbed two places to sixth and is followed by South Carolina-Aiken, Hawaii-Hilo and Francis Marion. Florida Southern moved up five rungs to reenter the top 10.

St. Mary’s dropped two places to No. 11 and is followed by Pfeiffer, Western Washington, Coker and Northeastern State. Carson-Newman - along with Barton (No. 17), North Alabama (No. 21), Barry (No. 24) and Lynn (No. 15) - is one of five previously unranked teams to enter the top 25 and is ranked 16th. Delta State dropped two spots to No. 18. Rollins made the biggest jump in the poll, climbing six spots to No. 19 while Central Oklahoma dropped eight spots to No. 20.

Georgia College and State University fell one spot to No. 22. Cameron took the biggest fall in the rankings, tumbling nine spots to No. 23.

The Division II Precept Coaches Poll is voted on by a panel of Division II coaches and administrators that are members of the Golf Coaches Association of America. The next Division II Precept Coaches poll will be released April 15.

GCAA/Precept Coaches Poll
Division II - April 8, 2004
Rank University (First-Place Votes) Points Prev.
1 Chico State (12) 348 1
2 Cal. State-Stanislaus 322 4
3 West Florida (1) 306 3
4 Cal. State-Bakersfield 290 2
5 Armstrong Atlantic State (1) 261 7
6 UC-San Diego 252 8
7 South Carolina-Aiken 249 10
8 Hawaii-Hilo 231 5
9 Francis Marion 214 6
10 Florida Southern 203 15
11 St. Mary's 190 9
12 Pfeiffer 168 13
13 Western Washington 150 11
14 Coker 135 18
15 Northeastern State 133 20
16 Carson-Newman 121 NR
17 Barton 118 NR
18 Delta State 110 16
19 Rollins 98 25
20 Central Oklahoma 90 12

Chico State golfers post 8-under in final round to smash Aggie Invitational field
EL MACERO, CA - The Chico State men's golf team posted the best round of the tournament, an 8-under par 280, to come from behind and win the Aggie Invitational by six strokes over host UC Davis Tuesday afternoon. Chico State trailed the host Aggies by a single stroke entering Tuesday's final round, but J.J. Jakovac, Jess Stimack, Chris Massoletti, and Benjamin Knight all played under-par golf over the final 18 holes to lift the top-ranked Wildcats to the victory.

Jakovac, who carded a 3-under par 69 Tuesday, finished the tournament 4-under, one stroke out of what became a two-man playoff for the individual title between UC Davis' Scott Gordon and eventual champion Brian Noonan of St. Edwards. Massoletti's 1-under 71 in the final round left him even par for the tournament and alone in 6th place. Marc Peterson finished 2-over on the tournament and in a tie for 8th place.

The Wildcats distanced themselves from the field by finishing a tournament-best 18-under on par 5s. UC Davis, meanwhile, was just 7-under in those holes. The Aggies were the only team to finish relatively close to the Wildcats' total of 859 with an 865. Florida Gulf Coast finished a distant 3rd at 883.

The Wildcats are back in action April 12-13 at the Buzzini/Stanislaus Invitational at Turlock Country Club. That will be the final tuneup before the CCAA Championships to be held at Diablo Grande in Patterson April 19-20.

Wildcats one stroke off lead
DAVIS - The Chico State men's golf team shot the low second round of the day to get within one stoke of leader and host UC Davis after 36 holes of play at El Macero Country Club on Monday.

Chico State (289-290-579) was tied for third place after round one, but the Wildcats' 290 in the second round, led by Chris Massoletti's 69, propelled the team to within striking distance. UC Davis (284-294-578) leads the tournament. Florida Gulf Coast University (288-298-586) and St. Edward's (294-292-586) are tied for third and Hawaii-Hilo (289-299-588) rounds out the top five.

All four Wildcat scorers are currently in the top 16 of the 84-player field. J.J. Jakovac (69-74-143) sits in fifth place, five strokes behind the leader Brian Noonan from St. Edward's. Marc Peterson (70-75-145) and Massoletti (76-69-145) are tied for seventh and Ben Knight (74-72-146) is tied for 16th overall.

Play concludes with 18 holes on Tuesday.

Wildcats finish second in Monterey
MONTEREY - The Chico State men's golf team took second place at the CSU Monterey Bay Otter Invitational, finishing four strokes behind leader Johnson & Wales University out of Florida.

The Wildcats (290-304-295-889) made a run at the championship, shooting the low round on Tuesday, but couldn't overcome Johnson & Wale's (292-291-302-885) 11-stroke lead after the first 36 holes on Monday. The Wildcats' opening 290 was the low round of the tournament, but the team dug itself a hole with the 14 additional strokes in round two.

J.J. Jakovac, trailed the leader by just one stroke after the first day of play, despite shooting 75 in the second round. Jakovac had to settle for second place tie, three strokes behind top individual medalist Michael Welch (71-70-73-214).

2 Chico State 290 304 295 889
T2 J.J. Jakovac 67 75 75 217
T14 Benjamin Knight 74 76 74 224
T16 Chris Massoletti 72 77 76 225
T16 Jess Stimack 77 78 70 225
T28 Marc Peterson 77 76 77 230

Top-ranked Chico State wins Southern California Intercollegiate Golf Championship
SAN DIEGO - The Chico State men’s golf team reaffirmed its position atop both the Golf Coaches Association of America/Precept and Golfstat.com Division II national polls by winning the team title at the 54th Southern California Intercollegiate Championship, which concluded under beautiful conditions Tuesday afternoon at The Santaluz Club in Del Mar, California.

Though most of the competitors completed the second round on Monday, some were halted by darkness, finishing early Tuesday prior to the 8:00 AM shotgun start for the third and final round.

For the first time in the tournament’s history, all entrants were from
Division II, with all 19 teams having reached the NCAA Super Regional.round a year ago to make up an exceptional field. The event took place at The Santaluz Club for the second year in a row.

The Wildcats shot 288 on Tuesday, the best round of the day by 11 strokes, to finish at 27-over 879 and take home the sterling silver perpetual SCIC trophy. Fourth-ranked Cal State Stanislaus was second at 31-over 883, followed by the Tritons at 40-over 892, with both squads turning in a 299 for the final round. No other team was under 300 on the day.

Individually, Cal State Stanislaus sophomore Ryan Thornberry maintained his handle on the top spot by shooting a 71 and 72 over the final two rounds to earn medalist honors with a three-under 210. Thornberry’s four-under 67 from Monday’s opening round was the low round for the tournament.

All-American J.J. Jakovac of Chico State was the only other competitor, of 96 total, who came in under par, at one-under 212. He was the lone player under par on Tuesday with a two-under 69. Jeff King, also of Cal State Stanislaus, was third at two-over 215, with James Porter of North Alabama and Luke Antonelli of St. Mary’s in a tie for fourth at five-over 218. The top Triton finisher came next, in junior Brian Duckworth (Lafayette/Acalanes HS), who totalled a six-over 219.

1 Chico State 290 301 288 879
2 J.J. Jakovac 71 72 69 212
7 Benjamin Knight 73 76 71 220
T16 Marc Peterson 74 79 73 226
T24 Chris Massoletti 78 75 75 228
T45 Jess Stimack 72 78 83 233

Wildcats lose to Aggies in match play
AUBURN, Calif. - Host and No.3 seed UC Davis won three matches and tied another, defeating No.1 seed Chico State, 3.5-1.5, in the third-place match of the 2004 Winchester Intercollegiate Match Play event Monday afternoon at the par 72, 7,144-yard Winchester Country Club.

Saint Mary's top player Joe Lanza defeated D.J. Fernando 3&2 to give the No. 4 Gaels a 3-2 victory over No. 2 Cal State Bakersfield in the championship match.

In the third-place match, UC Davis led wire-to-wire to defeat conference rival Chico State. Erik Hill started it off with a 4&3 win over Chris Massoletti and then Steven Strong made it 2-0 with a 1-up victory over Jess Stimack. Chico got one back when Marc Peterson defeated Louie Bishop, 3&1, but Eric Restrepo quickly made it 3-1 with a 3&1 win over Ben Knight. With the match outcome already decided, Aggie senior Scott Gordon and Wildcat No.1 J.J. Jakovac finished their match all square.

No.5 Cal Poly had little trouble in defeating No.7 Stanford JV, 4.5-.5 in the fifth-place match while No.6 Sacramento State edged out No.8 Sonoma State, 3-2, in the seventh-place match.

Third-Place Match
No.3 UC Davis def. No.1 Chico State 3.5-1.5
Scott Gordon J.J. Jakovac All Square
Eric Restrepo def. Ben Knight 3&1
Louie Bishop def. by Marc Peterson 3&1
Steven Strong def. Jess Stimack (ret.) 1up
Erik Hill def. Chris Massoletti 4&3

Chico State to play in third-place match
AUBURN, Calif.--- No.2 Cal State Bakersfield and No.4 Saint
Mary's College each advanced through the first two rounds and will
play in Monday's championship match following the first day of play
at the 2004 Winchester Intercollegiate Match Play event Sunday at the
par 72, 7,144-yard Winchester Country Club.

Host and No.3 UC Davis will face No.1 Chico State in the third-place match. The first round matchups held form Sunday morning as top-seed Chico State defeated No.8 Sonoma State, 8-1. No.2 Cal State Bakersfield posted a 3.5-1.5 victory over Stanford's JV squad, while No.3 UC Davis blanked rival Sacramento State, 5-0. No.4 Saint Mary's closed out the first round with a 3-2 win over No.5 Cal Poly.

In the afternoon matches, Saint Mary's pulled of the upset by defeating Chico, 3-2. The Gaels received wins from Brent Jensen, Liam Kendregan and John Chirila to clinch the win. Bakersfield also advanced with a narrow win, defeating the Aggies 3-2. Restrepo and Hill each posted victories for UC Davis while all three other matches were won the Roadrunners by identical 2&1 scores. Cal Poly then defeated Sonoma State, 3-2, while Stanford JV edged Sacramento State, 3-2. Cal Poly will face Stanford JV for fifth place while Sonoma and Sacramento State will battle in the seventh-place match. Final round matches will be played on Monday morning at Winchester Country Club.

First Round Results
(1)CSU Chico def. (8)Sonoma State, 4-1
J.J. Jakovac def. Adam Lewis, 3&2
Ben Knight def. by Bobby Neary, 5&4
Marc Peterson def. Kevin Carmichael, 2&1
Jess Stimack def. Andre Gust, 4&2
Chris Massoletti def. Matt Jones, 2&1

Second Round Results
(4)Saint Mary's Coll. def. (1)CSU Chico, 3-2
Joe Lanza def. by J.J. Jakovac, 4&3
Brent Jensen def. Ben Knight, 3&2
Liam Kendregan def. Marc Peterson, 2up
John Chirila def. Jess Stimack, 2&1
Chadd Cocco def. by Chris Massoletti, 1up

Top-ranked Wildcats finish 2nd in Bakersfield
BAKERSFIELD, CA –Although host Cal State Bakersfield ran away with the tournament title, the top-ranked Chico State men's golf team showed much depth and promise with a second-place finish at the Family Motors Invitational Tuesday. It was the first tournament of the season and featured many of the nation's top teams.

Mitch Berg and J.J. Jakovac fired 6-under par 66s to pace the Wildcats, who had the second best third-round total, an 8-under par 280. Berg's total did not factor in to the team score because he was playing as an individual. He finished in a three-way tie for third, three strokes off the lead. Despite carding a 76 in the second round, Jakovac battled to a 13th-place finish at 3-under par.

Chico State's Benjamin Knight also had a fine tournament, carding a 2-under to finish in a tie for 15th place, while Marc Peterson's three even-par rounds left him in 20th. Jess Stimack finished the tournament 3-over par and Chris Massoletti rebounded from a disastrous second round Monday to card a 68 Tuesday and finish 5-over.

UC San Diego's Brian Duckworth carded a 7-under Tuesday to rally from seven strokes off the lead and win with a 9-under par. The Tritons, ranked No. 5 in the nation, finished fifth behind No. 2 Bakersfield, No. 1 Chico State, Cal State San Marcos, and The Master's College. CCAA rivals Cal State Stanislaus and Grand Canyon finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

Chico State finishes fall ranked No. 1 in nation
CHICO, CA – J.J. Jakovac and the Chico State men's golf team finished out the 2003 fall season with three and two straight tournament victories, respectively, and the Wildcats were rewarded Tuesday by being ranked No. 1 in the nation in the latest Golfstat poll.

The Wildcats boast a scoring average of 71.43 and a 171-1 record against teams within their division. The scoring average is almost a full stroke lower than the next best in Division II, Bakersfield's 72.33. In fact, among the top 25-ranked teams in Division I, only the University of Indiana, at 71.25, has a better scoring average than the Wildcats.

For a complete listing of the rankings, click on the rankings link off of the Men's Golf page.

Chico State will get back into the swing of things when the spring season tees off Feb. 23-24 at the Bakersfield Invitational.

Chico State, Jakovac set records at Elco Tourney
No. 3 Wildcats repeat as tourney champions at 12–under; No. 1 CSUB finishes second
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — In a day where temperatures soared, the No. 3 Chico State men’s golf team stayed cool to win its second–consecutive Elco, Inc. Intercollegiate title Tuesday at Stockdale Country Club in Bakersfield.

The Wildcats shot 277 Tuesday to set a 54–hole tournament record at
12–under 840. They eclipsed their own record of 860 set last season. The unfortunate victim of Chico’s sizzling play was host Cal State Bakersfield, which set what would have been a tournament record by finishing at 850. That was good for just second place this season.

No. 7 ranked (NAIA) Point Loma Nazarene finished third at 859. Cal State San Marcos (863) and Cal State Monterey Bay (872) rounded out the top five. No. 4 Cal State Stanislaus finished sixth and No. 11 UC San Diego finished eighth.

Individually, senior J.J. Jakovac of Chico State set a new tournament record by playing 54 holes at five–under 206. His total shattered the old record of 211 set by Brendan Steele of UC Riverside in 2001.

CSUB’s Greg Lopez (Upland/Saddleback College) shot what would have been a tournament record 208 to finish second. A four–way tie for third at 210 included CSUB junior Tony Orlandini (Rolling Hills Estates/El Camino JC).

The Elco, Inc. Intercollegiate concludes the fall portion of the golf

Team Leaderboard
# School Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Total +/–
**1 Chico State 276 287 277 840 –12
2 CS Bakersfield 280 288 282 850 –2
3 Pt. Loma Nazarene 284 284 291 859 +7
4 CS San Marcos 281 285 297 863 +11
5 CS Monterey Bay 278 303 291 872 +20
6 CS Stanislaus 294 288 295 877 +25
7 St. Martin’s 300 292 288 880 +28
8 UC San Diego 289 295 297 881 +29
9 Fresno State 308 289 286 883 +31
10 Holy Names College 302 298 294 894 +42
11 Univ. of Victoria (BC) 300 298 299 897 +45
12 CS Hayward 302 298 303 903 +51
13 The Master’s College 313 306 294 913 +61
14 Notre Dame (Calif.) 301 311 308 920 +68
15 British Colombia 318 312 302 932 +80
16 Sonoma State 310 316 311 937 +85
17 Northwest Nazarene 314 325 321 960 +108
**New tournament record (old mark was 860)

Individual Leaderboard
# School Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Total +/–
**1 J.J. Jakovac (CH) 67 70 69 206 –7
2 Greg Lopez (CSB) 70 71 67 208 –5
3 Tony Orlandini (CSB) 71 71 68 210 –3
Shane Prante (SM) 73 71 66 210 –3
Ryan Thornberry (CSS) 73 67 70 210 –3
Cory Scoggin (CSSM) 67 70 73 210 –3
7 Chris Massoletti (CH) 68 73 70 211 –2
8 Jonas Carlsward (MB) 67 76 70 213 E
Joe Prince (PLN) 71 73 69 213 E
Benjamin Knight (CH) 69 71 73 213 E
**New tournament record (old mark was 211)

Chico Finishers
CSU-Chico 276 287 277 840
1 J.J. Jakovac 67 70 69 206
7 Chris Massoletti 68 73 70 211
T8 Benjamin Knight 69 71 73 213
T16 Jess Stimack 72 73 72 217
T21 Marc Peterson 76 76 66 218

Jakovac blows away field, leads 'Cats to title
CHICO, CA – J.J. Jakovac fired a final-round 5-under par 67 to claim the Chico State Subway Invitational individual title by seven strokes and lead the Chico State men's golf team to a come-from-behind team title. Six of the Top 10 Division II teams in the nation participated.

The Wildcats trailed Cal State Bakersfield by two strokes entering the final round, but Jakovac (-5), freshman Chris Massoletti (-4), and Marc Peterson (even) led Chico State to a 280 over the final 18 holes and a 10-stroke victory. Massoletti, a Pleasant Valley High School product, finished the tournament 1-under in a five-way tie for second place. Peterson shot even-par over all three rounds to finish in a tie for seventh. Jess Stimack finished 2-over in 10th, and Benjamin Knight finished 11-over in a tie for 31st for the Wildcats, who entered the weekend ranked No. 3 in the Nation.

After Chico State's 280, the 292s carded by Bakersfield and Hawaii-Hilo were the next lowest team scores of the final round. That left Bakersfield at 866, 10 strokes off the lead in second, and Hawaii-Hilo at 877, 21 strokes off the lead in third. Cal State Stanislaus (882) and UC San Diego (891) rounded out the top five.

Like the race for the team title, the individual title looked like it would go down to the wire, but didn't. Jakovac birdied three of the first nine holes and finished with six birdies and just one bogey for the best round of the day and what turned out to be a relatively easy win.

Meanwhile, Massoletti was putting together the day's second best round to charge from 14th place all the way to second. He notched three birdies on the front nine and finished with five birdies and just one bogey to work his way up the leaderboard.

Chico State fielded a second team for its only local tournament of the season and David Derwin took advantage by firing a 4-over par 220 to tie for 15th.

Bakersfield leads after day one of tournament
CHICO - Cal State Bakersfield shot ten under in today's second round of the Chico State Subway Invitational held at Butte Creek Country Club to leapfrog into first place and end the day at two-under par.

Chico State is just two strokes off the lead entering the final 18 holes to be played tomorrow with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The Wildcats entered two teams into the tournament with the Chico State-White team in ninth place after day one.

Greg Lopez (70- 70- 140) leads the tournament with two other teammates also among the top four players: D.J. Fernando (72- 69- 141, T2nd) and Tony Orlandini (72- 69- 141, T2nd).

Chico State's J.J. Jakovac (69- 72- 141) is right in the hunt, also tied for second place, one stroke behind the leader.

Day One Standings
1 CSU-Bakersfield 296- 278- 574
2 CSU-Chico 285- 291- 576
3 Hawaii-Hilo, U. of 285- 300- 585
4 CSU-Stanislaus 303- 285- 588
5 UC San Diego 298- 296- 594
6 Western Washington U 291- 304- 595
7 St. Martin's College 305- 293- 598
8 CSU-Monterey Bay 306- 293- 599
9 Chico State-White 308- 292- 600
10 Holy Names College 302- 299- 601
11 Notre Dame de Namur 309- 319- 628
12 Sonoma State 321- 320- 641

Chico State Team
2 CSU-Chico 285- 291- 576
T2 J.J. Jakovac 69- 72- 141
6 Marc Peterson 72- 72- 144
T7 Jess Stimack 72- 73- 145
T14 Chris Massoletti 73- 74- 147
T19 Benjamin Knight 72- 76- 148

Chico State-White Team
9 Chico State-White 308- 292- 600
T 7 David Derwin 75- 70- 145
T19 John Skelton 78- 70- 148
T33 James Trumble 76- 75- 151
T56 Nick Green 81- 77- 158
61 Cory Goodwin 79- 82- 161

Individual player from Chico State
43 Mitch Berg Chico-White 78- 75- 153

Wildcats host Subway Invitational
Over the past few years, the Chico State men's golf program has become one of the biggest stories in collegiate golf. The Wildcats, currently ranked No. 3 in the nation, feature 2002 NCAA Division II Champion J.J. Jakovac.

Next week, the community of Chico will have its best opportunity of the 2003-04 season to see the Wildcats and Jakovac in action when they host the 11-team Chico State Subway Invitational. The tournament, being held at Butte Creek Country Club October 13-14, features six of the top ten teams in the nation.

Festivities get under way Sunday at 1 p.m. with the Wildcat College Amateur, which matches up four local amateurs with a Chico State player or the top player from one of the 10 other competing schools. A banquet follows at 6 p.m. Spots in the College Amateur are still available and can be reserved by calling Chico State head coach Keith Thomas at 898-5708.

The Subway Invitational gets started Monday morning with two rounds beginning at 8:30. The final round is set to begin at 7:30 Tuesday morning.

Chico State is coming off a second-place showing at the Grand Canyon Invitational thanks to Jakovac's 5-stroke victory in which he bettered his own tournament record by two strokes.

With six of the top ten teams in the nation competing next week at the tournament, it's difficult to choose a favortie. However, there is only one favorite to win the individual crown. Rarely does an athlete as dominate as Jakovac come around. A two-time First Team All-American, Jakovac has 12 collegiate tournament titles to his name in just over three years. This summer, he staked his claim as one of the top amateurs in the game, earning a spot in the final of the prestigious Western Amateur, the second largest amateur tournament in the U.S. He also competed in the U.S. Amateur, British Amateur, Pacific Coast Amateur in Canada, and represented the U.S. overseas in the Japan Cup.

1 Delta State U.
2 UC San Diego
3 CSU-Chico
4 CSU-Bakersfield
5 Western Washington U
6 St. Martin's College
7 Hawaii-Hilo, U. of
8 Central Arkansas
9 CSU-Stanislaus
10 UC Davis

Jakovac wins by five strokes, 'Cats finish second
PHOENIX, AZ – J.J. Jakovac carded a 5-under par 67 Tuesday and finished 12-under par for the tournament to claim the 2003 Grand Canyon University Fall Golf Invitational by five strokes. In the process, Jakovac bettered his own tournament record by two strokes and helped lead the 8th-ranked Chico State team to a second-place showing a field that featured four teams ranked in the Nation's Top Ten.

Third-ranked Cal State Bakersfield won the tournament with an 11-under 853. The Wildcats were unable to make a move and matched the Roadrunners' team total of 288 on Tuesday to finish 8-under. Tenth-ranked Western Washington finished third at 6-under, and 5th-ranked Cal State Stanislaus finished ninth at 16-over par.

After Jakovac, the next best Chico State finisher was Jess Stimack, who fired an even-par 72 Tuesday to finish 1-over par. Chris Massoletti carded a 75 and finished 4-over for the tournament. Marc Peterson shot a 74 and finished 5-over.

The Wildcats are back in action next Monday and Tuesday when they host the Chico State Subway Invitational at Butte Creek Country Club. The Subway Invitational will feature 11 schools and will be the only local tournament hosted by Chico State during the 2003-04 season.

Wildcats in second place entering final round
PHOENIX - The Chico State Wildcats trail CSU Bakerfield by three shots after the first two rounds of the Grand Canyon/Oak Craft Classic being played at Estrella Mountain Ranch Golf Club in Goodyear, Arizona. The final 18 holes will be played on Tuesday.

Chico State's J.J. Jakovac (72-65-137) is in second place just two strokes behind Matt Montgomery (67-68-135) of Central Arkansas.

Results after day one (36 holes). 18 team competing
Fin.   School: Scores 
1   CSU-Bakersfield: 286-279=565 (-11)
2   CSU-Chico: 284-284=568 (-8)
3   CSU-Monterey Bay: 282-287=569 (-7)
4   Central Arkansas: 286-289=575 (-1)  

Chico State Individuals
2    J.J. Jakovac: 72 -65=137
T 23    Jess Stimack: 71-74=145
T 23    Chris Massoletti: 72-73=45
T 33    Marc Peterson: 69-78=147
T 33    Benjamin Knight: 75-72=147

Wildcats break into top ten
NORMAN, Okla. — The Chico State men's golf team jumped from No. 11 to No. 8 in the lastest Division II Precept Coaches Poll.

West Florida earned six first-place votes to retain its No. 1 ranking. The Argos totalled 465 first-place votes to outdistance second-ranked Rollins (451 points) and No. 3 Cal-State Bakersfield (415 points), who earned three first-place votes apiece.

South Carolina-Aiken also earned a first-place vote to move from eighth to fourth while Cal State-Stanislaus tallied one first-place ballot to stand pat at fifth. Defending NCAA champion Francis Marion fell two spots to fourth despite four first-place votes. North Alabama stayed at No. 7 and was followed by Chico State and Florida Southern, who each earned first-place votes. Western Washington made the biggest jump in the poll, moving up from No. 17 to 10th.

The Division II Precept Coaches Poll is voted on by a panel of Division II coaches and administrators that are members of the Golf Coaches Association of America. The next Division II Precept Coaches poll will be released Oct. 22.

Precept Division II Coaches Poll:
Rank University (First-Place Votes) Number of points, Previous ranking

1. West Florida (6) 465, 1
2. Rollins (3) 451, 2
3. Cal State-Bakersfield (3) 415, 3
4. South Carolina-Aiken (1) 398, 8
5. Cal State-Stanislaus (1) 396, 5
6. Francis Marion (4) 366, 4
7. North Alabama 338, 7
8. Chico State (1) 309, 11
9. Florida Southern (1) 307, 6
10. Western Washington 270, 1

Wildcats finish fourth in first tourney of season
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Chico State men's golf team opened its 2003 fall season with a fourth-place finish at the Western Washington Invitational played at Bellinham Golf and Country Club Sept. 29-30.

The Wildcats (292-286-286-864) finished just one shot shy of CCAA member Cal State Stanisalus (289-291-283-863) and three strokes behind second-place UC San Diego (296-289-276-861), another CCAA opponent.

The University of Victoria-British Columbia (284-293-283-860) won the 54-hole event, but it was St. Martin's Shan Prante who won the top medalist honor, firing back-to-back scores of 66 in the opening 36 holes on day one and backing it up with a 70 in the final round to finish at 14 under par.

Chico top finisher was senior J.J Jakovac (68-71-71-210), who finished in sixth place overall. Senior Benjamin Knight (78-72-70-220) tied for 17th. Freshman Chris Massoletti (76-72-73-221) tied for 22nd. Junior Jess Stimack (74-71-78-223) tied with teammate Marc Peterson (74-77-72-223), also a junior, for 32nd place.

Wildcats just miss top-ten ranking
NORMAN, Okla. - The first 2003-04 Precept Division II Coaches Poll came out today and the Chico State men's golf team just missed out on a top ten showing, with a No. 11 ranking. The Wildcats finished fifth in the nation at last year's Division II Championship hosted by Chico State at Sunriver, Oregon.

Precept Division II Coaches Poll:
Rank University (First-Place Votes) Number of points, Previous ranking
1. West Florida (5) 282, T6
2. Rollins College (4) 274, 2
3. Cal State-Bakersfield (1) 239, 4
4. Francis Marion (1) 226, 1
5. Cal State-Stanislaus 219, 3
6. Florida Southern College 217, NR
7. North Alabama 201, T6
8. South Carolina-Aiken (1) 197, 8
9. Armstrong Atlantic 178, NR
10. Pfeiffer 158, 12
11. Chico State 157, 5
12. California-Davis 156, 9
13. Abilene Christian 122, NR
14. Colorado-Colorado Springs 116, 10
15. Georgia College & State Univ. 107, NR

Wildcats announce three signings
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.