2006-07 Season Archive

2006-07 Meet-by-Meet results (PDF)

08/01/07
Travis Brown named men's golf coach
Chico State Director of Athletics Anita Barker announced today that Travis Brown has been hired as the Wildcats’ men’s head golf coach.

Brown comes to Chico State from South Mountain Community College in Arizona, where he has been the men’s head coach since 1999. He led the program to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II national title in 2004 and his teams finished second in the nation in 2003 and 2007.

“I’m thrilled to introduce Travis Brown as our new men’s golf coach,” said Barker. “Travis’ teams have always been successful on the golf course and in the classroom and we believe he has the skill set and drive to build on that tradition here at Chico State.”

The University is also in the process of hiring a women’s head golf coach and an announcement is expected by the end of the week, according to Barker.

Brown led South Mountain to six regional titles in his last seven years at the helm. He also coached a combined 20 academic or athletic All-Americans during his tenure. Last season, Brown’s squad finished second in the nation thanks to a freshman class that Golfstat ranked No. 1 among all junior college programs in the nation. Four of those players earned Ping All-America honors.

“I was very impressed with my visit to Chico and the incredible team that’s assembled there. It’s an honor to join that staff,” said Brown. “Chico State really cares about its student athletes and their growth both academically and athletically, which is something that’s very important to me. I also believe the team currently has the talent to win a national championship. To achieve this, it will be important to build a team concept in which each player plays and competes for each other.”

Brown began his coaching career as the head golf coach at Tumwater High School in Olympia, Washington, in 1996. He led that team to a second-place finish at the state championships. In 1998 he accepted the challenge of resurrecting the men’s and women’s golf programs at Arizona Western College, before taking over the South Mountain program one year later.

Brown has also earned valuable experience as the President of the NJCAA Division II Golf Coaches Association since 2005 and as South Mountain’s Assistant Athletic Director since 2002. He has also served as a member of the tournament operations team and provided rules for the Grey Goose Gateway Golf Tour Desert Series in Phoenix from 2002-2004 and the South Mountain Junior Golf Tournament Director for the Southwest Section PGA from 1996 to 2002.

Associated with the PGA from 1991 to 2002, Brown played collegiately at Washington State and the University of Idaho. He was named the Most Valuable Player at the University of Idaho in 1991 and 1992. He earned a Bachelor of Science in public relations from the University of Idaho in 1993 and then earned his Masters of Education from Northern Arizona University in 2005.

05/17/07
Wildcats sign Junior College State Champion
The Chico State men’s golf team signed Lucas Delgado from Roseville to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Wildcats next season.

Delgado, a transfer from Sierra Junior College, won the 2006 Junior College State Championship his freshman season by four strokes. He did not play this season, and therefore will have three years of eligibility with the Wildcats.

The Wildcats return all but one player from this year’s team, which just missed out a trip to the NCAA National Championships by three strokes.

05/11/07
Head Coach Keith Thomas stepping down
Chico State head golf coach Keith Thomas announced today that he is stepping down from his position at the University to pursue a recent career opportunity that has come his way.

"It is with mixed emotion that I announce my departure from coaching the Wildcat golf teams, but an opportunity has presented itself that will better my family," said Thomas. "The decision to leave was difficult, but family comes first.

"I will miss working with these fine young men and women, along with the incredible staff in the Athletics Department.  The support from the community has been tremendous and I know the programs are in wonderful shape and will continue to be successful."

Thomas was hired in March 2002 to coach the men's team and establish a new women's team. During his six-year tenure as the men's coach, the team or an individual earned a trip to the NCAA National Championships four times. He sent players or teams to the West Regional every season.

Thomas coached two-time Division II National Champion J.J. Jakovac to titles in 2002 and 2004. Thomas' 2003 team finished fifth in the nation and the 2004 squad was second, missing a National Championship by nine strokes. The team's last appearance in the NCAA Championship was a seventh-place finish in 2005. The Wildcats fell just three strokes shy of a NCAA berth this season.

The women's team, which Thomas oversaw but left the coaching and travel duties to assistant Kathy Dais, steadily improved over the last five seasons. The 2007 team qualified for the West Regional, for the first time ever, finishing fifth overall. Prior to this season, the women's program had sent individuals to the regional in 2003 and 2004.

"We've been so fortunate to have a coach with Keith's ability and enthusiasm at the head of our programs the last five years," said Athletic Director Anita Barker. "He's done so much for Chico State golf and the relationship with the local golf community. We hate to see him go, but wish him and his family the best of luck in his new career."

A national search will begin soon to hire a new head coach.

05/09/07
Wildcats three shots shy of NCAA Championship appearance
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Chico State men’s golf team came up three strokes short of their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Division II Golf Championship in the last five years. The Wildcats couldn’t hold off a charging Cal State Stanislaus team that shot 8-under on the final day of the NCAA West/Northwest Super Regional Golf Championships at Fox Hollow Golf Course in Lakewood, Colorado.

The Wildcats held a six-stroke lead over Stanislaus entering the day, but the Warriors were hot from the start and found themselves at 11-under as a team after the opening nine hole. Chico State was 1-under through the same nine holes.

Cal State San Bernardino (286-271-284-841) won the West Regional title, posting 11-under as a team. Grand Canyon (282-285-277-844) carded 277 in the final round to finish at 8-under and leapfrog over Sonoma State (288-278-282-848) into second place. Posting the low round on the final day, Stanislaus (287-291-276-854) landed in fourth place at 2-over. Chico (280-292-285-857) finished the 54 holes at 5-over.

The winner of the West (Cal State San Bernardino) and Northwest (Western New Mexico University) Regional Championship Tournaments, which were played simultaneously at Fox Hollow, earn automatic bids to the National Championships, along with the three lowest-scoring non-Regional Championship teams (Grand Canyon, Sonoma, Stanislaus), which happen to all be from the West region. The second-place Northwest team was 15-over.

San Bernardino’s Gene Webster entered the final round with a one-stroke lead over Sonoma’s Jarin Todd and held on with a 4-under 67 to win the individual West Regional title at 11-under. Sonoma’s Jarin was second at 9-under, followed by two Grand Canyon players tied for third at 4-under.

Art Golden III was the top finisher for the Wildcats, tying for seventh overall at 2-under par. He opened the final round with two birdies, but gave back the strokes with a double on a par three to make the turn at even par. He recorded two birdies and two bogies on his back nine to remain even on the day.

Kevin Horan shot 1-under in the final round to finish tied for 10th overall at even par for the tournament. He posted two birdies in his first nine and was 3-under after 13 holes, but bogeyed two of his final five holes.

Nick Green carded four birdies on his first nine, but a triple on a par three left him at 1-under at the turn. He recorded three birdies and three bogies to remain at 1-under on the day and finish 15th at 2- over.

Ryan Trask shot 3-over today to finish 27th and Greg Marskey tied for 33rd, shooting 4-over.

05/08/07
Wildcats slip, but still in contention for NCAA Championship bid
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Chico State men’s golf team stumbled a bit in round two of the NCAA West/Northwest Super Regional Golf Championships at Fox Hollow Golf Course in Lakewood, Colorado. The Wildcats shot an 8-over 292, dropping them into fourth place among the eight West region teams.

Cal State San Bernardino (557) shot 13-under today to take over the lead and holds a 9-stoke lead over Sonoma State and 10-strokes over third-place Grand Canyon. The ‘Cats are 15 stokes behind at 572.

Despite the setback, The Wildcats are still in contention to make their fourth trip to the NCAA Championship Tournament in the last five seasons. The winner of the West and Northwest Regional Championship Tournaments, which are being played simultaneously at Fox Hollow, will earn automatic bids to the National Championships, along with the three lowest-scoring non-Regional Championship teams at the tournament.

Chico State is currently hanging on to the coveted fifth position, six strokes ahead of Cal State Stanislaus and Colorado State-Pueblo from the Northwest Regional.

Nick Green and Kevin Horan both shot even-par 71 today. Horan recorded three birdies and three bogies in the round. He finished strong after a bogey on hole 11 put him at 2-over, with birdies on 13 and 17 to even the score and put him into a tie for 11th overall.

Green, who is currently tied for 16th, started out the day with eight pars before a bogie on the ninth put him at 36 for the front nine. He recovered with a birdie on hole 10, reeled off five more pars before bogeying 16 and recording an equalizing birdie on 17.

Art Golden III, who did not have a bogey in his round on Monday, started the day off in similar style. He went par, par, birdie, par before posting four straight bogies. He ended the day with a 73 after three birdies and two bogies on the back nine and drops into a tie for fifth place overall.

Ryan Trask shot 77 in the second round, after an opening round of 71 on Monday. Trask, now tied for 25th overall, was 2-over after nine due to three bogies and a birdie. He doubled 11 and posted bogies on both 15 and 18.

Greg Marskey struggled after shooting 2-under yesterday with three doubles on the front nine to shoot 41 at the turn. He posted another double, two bogies, and a birdie to shoot 80.

The Super Regional wraps up with a final 18 holes tomorrow.

05/07/07
Wildcats Golden in first round of Super Regional
Wildcats lead field by two strokes behind Golden III's tournament-low 67
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Art Golden III fired a tournament-low 4-under par 67 to vault the Chico State men’s golf into the lead after the first day of the NCAA West/Northwest Super Regional Golf Championships at Fox Hollow Golf Course in Lakewood, Colorado Monday. The Wildcats were 4-under as a team and lead Grand Canyon by two strokes after the first of three rounds.

Greg Marskey carded a 1-under 70 and currently sits tied for eighth, Ryan Trask finished even par and is tied for 11th. Kevin Horan is tied for 15th at 1-over par. And Nick Green is tied for 23rd at 3-over par.

Golden birdied his first hole of the day – a 497-yard par 5 – to set the tone for himself and his team. He then reeled off seven consecutive pars before birdying the 405-yard par-4 18th for a 2-under 34 on his front nine. After three straight pars to start his back nine, Golden birdied the 549-yard par-5 fourth. He finished his round with four pars and a birdie on the 236-yard par-3 eighth.

Cal State San Bernardino finished the day 2-over par, six shots behind the Wildcats in third place. Cal State Stanislaus is fourth at 3-over, followed by Sonoma State and UC San Diego at +4, Hawaii-Hilo at +16, and Western Washington at +19. The teams will play another round Tuesday and the final round Wednesday.

Chico State is making a bid for its fourth trip to the NCAA Championship Tournament in the last five seasons. The winner of the West and Northwest Regional Championship Tournaments, which are being played simultaneously at Fox Hollow, will earn automatic bids to the National Championships, along with the three lowest-scoring non-Regional Championship teams at the tournament in Colorado.

04/24/07
Wildcats finish third at CCAA Golf Championships
Marskey finishes fourth behind Tuesday's 69; Horan named CCAA's top newcomer
PASO ROBLES, Calif. – The Chico State men's golf team went a long way toward solidifying itself a berth in the NCAA Regional Championships with a third-place finish at the CCAA Golf Championship which concluded Tuesday. Behind the Greg Marskey's 3-under par round of 69 and Kevin Horan's even-par 72, the Wildcats held on for third place despite struggling as a team in the final round.

The Wildcats entered the day in first place, but carded only a 293 as a team (after consecutive 287s on Monday) and watched Cal State Stanislaus and Cal State San Bernardino catch and eventually pass them. Still, the Wildcats entered the weekend ranked No. 6 in the West Region, and only No. 1 Cal State Stanislaus and No. 4 Cal State San Bernardino bested them. And the Wildcats out-golfed third-ranked Sonoma State by five strokes and seventh-ranked UC San Diego by 28 strokes. Those results should bode well for the Wildcats, who hope to be one of the eight teams chosen to advance to the regional.

Marskey came on strong over the tournament's last two rounds with a 70 and 69, and his three-round total of 213 was bested only by CCAA Champion Eric Justesen of Cal State Stanislaus' 205, the 210 of San Bernardino's Gene Webster, and the 211 of Cal State Bakersfield's Chris Kwon. Marskey's final-round 69 matched three others for the day's best round.

Horan carded a 71-74-72-217 to tie for eighth place. Meanwhile, Art Golden III, Ryan Trask, and Nick Green struggled Tuesday. Golden carded a 71-73-76-220 to finish tied for 14th. Trask finished tied for 17th with a 75-70-76. And Green's 71-74-81-226 dropped him from a tie for 12th to a tie for 27th over the course of the final round.

04/23/07
Wildcats still on top after opening two rounds of CCAA Championship
PASO ROBLES, Calif. – The Chico State men’s golf team holds a five stroke lead over the field after the opening 36 holes of the CCAA Championship at Hunter Ranch Golf Course. The Wildcats began the second round with a one-shot lead and matched their earlier effort to post another 287.

Greg Marskey and Ryan Trask went low for the Wildcats in round two, both posting 2-under 70. Marskey (74-70-144) finds himself tied for eighth place overall with teammate Art Golden III (71-73-144). The remaining Wildcats, Trask (75-70-145), Kevin Horan (71-74-145), and Nick Green (71-74-145) are all tied for 12th in the field.

Cal State Stanislaus (293-286-579), led by tournament leader Eric Justesen, is five strokes back in second place, followed by CSU Monterey Bay (290-291-581), Cal State San Bernardino (289-292-581), and Cal State Bakersfield (288-294-582).

Justesen (69-67-136) shot the low score in both rounds and holds a four-shot lead over Bakersfield’s Chris Kwon (69-71-140). San Bernardino players Gene Weber (72-69-141) and Ralph Baxley (71-71-142) hold the next two spots. Three players are tied for fifth at 143.

04/23/07
Wildcats in first place after opening round at CCAA Championship
PASO ROBLES, Calif. – Nick Green, Kevin Horan, and Art Golden III each carded a 1-under par 71 to lead the Chico State golf team into first place through the opening round of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Golf Championships Monday. The second round of the tournament, which is taking place at the Hunter Ranch Golf Course, is being played this afternoon.

The efforts of Green, Horan, and Golden left them each just two strokes off the individual lead and tied for fifth behind co-leaders Eric Justesen of Cal State Stanislaus and Chris Kwon of Cal State Bakersfield. Cal State San Bernardino’s Dane Bagnell and Grant Haney of Cal State Monterey Bay are tied for third at 2-under par. The other two Wildcats - Greg Marsky fired a 2-over par 74 in the opening round and Ryan Trask carded a 3-over par 75 – remain within striking distance.

The Chico State team finished with a 1-under par 287. Cal State Bakersfield, which is ineligible for the conference championship because of its impending move to Division I, sits in second place one stroke back. Cal State San Bernardino is two strokes back at 289, followed by Cal State Monterey Bay (2-over par 290), Sonoma State (4-over 292), Cal State Stanislaus (5-over 293), UC San Diego (9-over 297) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (29-over 317).

04/17/07
Golden III records best finish for Wildcats this season
TURLOCK, Calif. - Chico State golfer Art Golden III had the best finish for a Wildcat this year at the 35th Annual Buzzini Invitational held at the Turlock Golf & Country Club. Golden finished the 54-hole tournament in fifth place individually, while the team took seventh in the 17-team field.

Cal State Stanislaus’ Andy Moren (72-67-72-211) won top medalist honors, recording a 5-under total for the tournament. Three players tied for second, including Moren’s teammate Erick Justesen (69-70-75-214), Monterey Bay’s Nick Bell (72-72-70-214), and Grand Canyon’s Matt Rutledge (70-70-74-214). Golden (72-70-75-217) finished three strokes behind the trio and just one shot ahead of four golfers tied for sixth.

Stanislaus (284-283-294-861) entered the final round with a 19-stroke lead over the field and cruised to a 22-stroke win over Grand Canyon (291-295-297-883). UC San Diego (297-294-298-889) was third. California Baptist (295-291-305-891) and Monterey Bay (303-296-296-895) rounded out the top five. Chico State (30-295-304-899) finished seventh, two strokes behind Western Washington (303-295-299-897).

In addition to Golden’s fifth-place finish for the Wildcats, Andrew Sanchez (75-77-76-228) and Kevin Horan (80-72-76-228) tied for 38th. Ryan Trask (73-77-79-229) tied for 44th and Nick Green (80-76-77-233) tied for 61st. Greg Marskey (78-69-77-224), who played as an individual tied for 16th overall.

Next up for the Wildcats is the CCAA Championship, April 23-24, at Huner Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles.

04/16/07
Golden III within striking distance after opening two rounds
TURLOCK, Calif. - Chico State’s Art Golden III shot 72-70 and sits tied for fourth place, three strokes behind the leaders, after the first two rounds of play at the 35th Annual Buzzini Invitational at Turlock Golf & Country Club. The Wildcats (300-295-595) are in seventh place in the 17-team field entering Tuesday’s final round.

Host Cal State Stanislaus (284-283-567) holds a comfortable 19-stroke lead over Grand Canyon University (291-295-586) and California Baptist University (295-291-586).

Individually, Stanislaus’ top two golfers, Erick Justesen (69-70-139) and Andy Moren (72-67-139) are tied for the lead at 5-under. Trailing a stroke behind is Grand Canyon’s Rutledge (70-70-140). Chico’s Golden III is tied with two other players at 142, all within striking distance of top medalist honors.

Ryan Trask (73-77-150) is tied for 30th. Kevin Horan (80-72-152) and Andrew Sanchez (75-77-152) are tied for 40th and Nick Green (80-76-156) is currently tied for 64th. Greg Marskey (78-69-147), who is playing as an individual and not figuring into the team scoring, is currently tied for 16th overall.

Of the 88 golfers, 11 finished at par or better after the first 36 holes.

04/10/07
Wildcats finish in three-way tie for sixth place
SEASIDE, Calif. - The Chico State men's golf team (310-311-301-922) recorded its best score of the Monterey Bay Otter Invitational in the final round on Tuesday, posting a 301 to finish tied for sixth place with Notre Dame de Namur and Florida Gulf Coast University in the 14-team field.

All four scoring Wildcats shot under 78 in the final 18 holes, with Art Golden III and Kevin Horan each recording a 2-over 74. Nick Green rebounded well from his second round on Monday to post 75 and Andrew Sanchez finished the day at 78.

Washburn University (292-304-300-896) won the tournament by 11 strokes over University of North Alabama (907). Cal State San Bernardino (909), Cal State Stanislaus (914), and CSU Monterey Bay (921) round out the top five finishers.

Eric Justesen (71-74-71-215) from Stanislaus took top individualist medalist honors, beating Matt Ewald (70-75-73-218) from Washburn by three strokes.

Sanchez (75-80-78-233) was the Wildcats top finisher, tying for 29th overall. Golden (84-76-74-234) tied for 33rd, Horan (82-79-74-235) for 37th, Green (74-89-75-238) for 48th, and Ryan Trask (79-76-84-239) tied for 53rd overall.

Next up for the Wildcats is the 35th annual Buzzini Invitational next Monday and Tuesday, April 16-17, at Turlock Golf & Country Club.

04/09/07
Wildcats in eighth place after opening two rounds
SEASIDE, Calif. - The Chico State men’s golf team (310-311-621) sits in eighth place in the 14-team CSU Monterey Bay Otter Invitational after the first 36 holes on Monday.

Washburn University (292-302-596) leads the tournament by seven strokes over Cal State Stanislaus (295-308-603). University of North Alabama (301-305-606), Cal State San Bernardino (300-309-609) and host Monterey Bay (301-308-609) round out the top five.

Individually for the Wildcats, Andrew Sanchez (75-80-155) and Ryan Trask (79-76-155) are tied with four other players in 27th place. Art Golden III (84-76-160) is tied for 46th, Kevin Horan (82-79-161) is tied for 52nd and Nick Green (74-89-163) is tied for 62nd.

Eric Justesen (70-74-144) from Cal State Stanislaus is the only person to finish at even par and holds a one-stroke lead at the top of the standings over Matt Ewald (70-75-145) from Washburn.

03/20/07
Wildcats finish fifth in Diablo Grande Intercollegiate
PATTERSON, Calif. - The Chico State men’s golf team finished fifth out of 10 teams at the Diablo Grande Intercollegiate in Patterson with 914 strokes over three rounds.

Sacramento State (298-295-292-885) won the tournament by six strokes over Cal State Bakersfield (294-300-297-891). Sonoma State (295-304-302-901) finished third, followed by San Marcos (292-306-304-902) and Chico State (304-301-309-914)

Ryan Trask (73-74-75-222) was the Wildcats’ top individual, finishing eighth overall. Danny Clayton (78-78-75-231) tied for 21st, Andrew Sanchez (74-78-80-232) tied for 25th, Greg Marskey (79-73-81-233) tied for 29th, and Nick Green (80-76-79-235) tied for 33rd.

Sacramento State’s Scott DeBorba (74-74-68-216) and Grant Norton (70-75-73-218) took the top two individual medalist spots. Chris Kwon (219) from Bakersfield was third, followed by Sonoma’s Todd Jarin (220) and Sac State’s Cody Miller (220), who tied for fourth.

Next up for the Wildcats is the Monterey Otter Invitational, April 9-10, at Bayonet/Blackhorse Golf Club in Seaside.

03/06/07
Wildcats' final round propels them into tie for fifth
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. – The Chico State men’s golf team shot a final round of 299 to finish tied for fifth at the 57th Annual Southern California Intercollegiate Championship hosted by UC San Diego at Marbella Country Club. The Wildcats entered the final day in seventh place.

University of West Florida (275-280-283-838) held the lead from the opening round to beat the field by 27 stokes. Barry University (284-291-290-865) jumped over St. Edwards (283-288-300-871) to finish second and CCAA member Sonoma State (285-291-296-872) took fourth. Chico State (298-295-299-892) tied with Western New Mexico (292-289-311-892) for the fifth-place spot.

Individually, Ryan Trask (75-69-72-218) was the top finisher for the Wildcats, tying for 17th overall. Nick Green (77-72-71-220) had the low round in the final 18 holes for Chico State to finish tied for 23rd. Art Golden III (71-78-76-225) tied for 31st. Kyle Hansen (76-76-78-230) tied for 47th and Kevin Horan (76-78-79-233) tied for 53rd in the 78-player field.

Sonoma State’s Todd Jarin (70-66-72-208) tied with West Florida’s Leonardo Di Marino (68-72-68-208) for top individual medalist honors. Matthew Galloway (70-66-73-209) from West Florida finished one shot behind the leaders for third. Central Oklahoma’s Mitch Boles (72-73-66-211) and West Florida’s David Lingmerth (69-68-74-211) round out the top five.

Chico State is back in action April 9-10 when they attend the Monterey Otter Invitational at Bayonet and Blackhorse Golf Club in Seaside.

03/05/07
Wildcat sit in seventh after opening two rounds
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. - The Chico State men’s golf team is in seventh place after the opening two rounds of the 57th Annual Southern California Intercollegiate Championship hosted by UC San Diego at Marbella Country Club.

The Wildcats shot 298-295 for a first day total of 593 and are five stokes out of sixth, and 17th off the lead posted by University of West Florida (275-280-555). St. Edward’s University (283-288-571) is second, followed by Barry University (284-291-575) in third.

Ryan Trask (75-69-144) is the top finisher for the Wildcats, tied for 13th after a one-under 69 in the second round of the day. Nick Green (77-72-149) sits tied for 32nd along with teammate Art Golden (71-78-149). Kyle Hanson (76-76-152) is tied for 45th and Kevin Horan (76-78-154) round out the Wildcats five players tied for 53rd.

The tournament wraps up with 18 holes on Tuesday.

02/27/07
Wildcat finish 10th in first tournament of the spring
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Chico State men's golf team completed the 54-hole Poor Boy Invitational hosted by Cal State Bakersfield with a final round of 303 to finish in 10th place in the 16-team field.

Wildcats Nick Green and Greg Marskey, who was playing as an individual and did not count toward the team scoring, tied for 15th place overall at 1-over par.

UCLA ran away with the tournament. Entering the final round at 25-under, the Bruins shot an even-par 288 to win the event by 28 shots. Cal State Bakersfield (+3) was second, followed by Sonoma State (+7) in third.

Lucas Lee (65-67-70-202) from UCLA won the individual title, finishing 14-under par. Cal State Bakersfield's Brady Baguio and Sonoma State's Kyle Hopkins tied for second at 10-under.

Chico State 293 284 303 880 +16 10th
Nick Green 72 67 78 217 +1 T15th
Greg Marskey* 68 77 72 217 +1 T15th
Ryan Trask 74 73 75 222 +6 T32nd
Kyle Hansen 75 70 78 223 +7 T40th
Art Golden 72 74 81 227 +11 T58th
Danny Clayton 78 80 72 231 +15 T67th
*Individual

02/26/07
Wildcat golfers in ninth after opening day of spring season
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Chico State men’s golf is in ninth place, but easily within striking distance of third, after the opening day of the Poor Boy Invitational hosted by Cal State Bakersfield at Seven Oaks Country Club.

Chico State carded a one-over par 577 in the first 36 holes - led by Nick Green's 72-67-139. UCLA is firmly entrenched in the lead at 25-under, followed by Bakersfield (-7), Cal State San Bernardino (-4), UC San Diego (-3), Grand Canyon and Sonoma State (-2), Cal State Stanislaus and Notre Dame de Namur (E) and Chico State.

Green is currently tied for seventh at 5-under par, seven strokes off the lead. Kyle Hansen (75-70-145) and Greg Marskey (68-77-145) are both one-over par for the Wildcats, while Art Golden (72-74-146) is two-over and Ryan Trask (74-73-147) is three-over.

The tournament will wrap up with one 18-hole round Tuesday.

10/31/06
Poor start costs Wildcats in Hawaii
MAUNA LANI, Hi. – The Chico State men’s golf team put together one of the best rounds of the tournament in Tuesday’s final round with a even-par 288, but had to settle for a ninth-place finish at the Mauna Lani Resort/University of Hawaii at Hilo Intercollegiate Championship thanks to a poor opening day.

The Wildcats finished with a three-round total of 24-over-par 888. Notre Dame de Namur claimed the team title with a 2-over-par 866.

Kevin Horan carded a 65 to lead the way for the Wildcats in the final round. His round was four strokes better than the second best in the tournament. That vaulted him into a tie for seventh place in the 72-player field at even par (73-78-65-216). Ryan Trask (77-73-71-221) finished in a tie for 22nd, while Andrew Sanchez (73-69-81-223) and Greg Marskey (77-77-69-223) tied for 32nd.

10/24/06
Wildcats finish eighth in Santa Rosa
SANTA ROSA – The standings barely changed after the final 18 holes of play at the Sonoma State Invitational at Santa Rosa Country Club. The Chico State men's team entered the final day in eighth place and that's were they finished the 54-hole event, shooting 302 today.

Cal State Stanislaus (288-283-298-869) led by a stroke entering the final round and beat host Sonoma State (285-287-301) by four strokes for the title. Cal State San Marcos and Notre Dame de Namur tied for third at 878. Dixie State College (889) out of Utah rounded out the top five.

For the Wildcats (296-297-302-895), Kevin Horan (74-74-73-221) was the top finisher, tying for 12th. Nick Green (74-76-75-225) and Danny Clayton (74-76-75) ended the tournament tied for 29th and Ryan Trask (74-79-79-232) tied for 44th overall. Art Golden III, who was Chico top finisher after the opening two rounds was disqualified in the final round.

The Wildcats wrap up their fall schedule with the Mauna Lani Intercollegiate in Hawaii, October 30-31.

10/23/06
Wildcats finish first day in eighth place
SANTA ROSA – After 36 holes of golf at the Santa Rosa Country Club, the Chico State men’s golf team sits in eighth place. The final round will be played on Tuesday.

Art Golden III shot 76-71 and sits in a tie for 18th place. Kevin Horan (74-74) is tied for 21st, Nick Green (74-76) is tied for 33rd with teammate Danny Clayton (74-76). Ryan Trask (74-79), playing in his first tournament for the Wildcats is tied for 43rd.

Cal State Stanislaus (288-283-571) leads the nine team field, one stroke ahead of host Sonoma State (285-287-572). Chico State (296-297-593) is 22 shots behind the leader, but just 10 strokes out of fourth place.

10/10/06
San Bernardino comes from behind to win InterWest Chico State Invitational
Wildcats move up to 4th behind Golden round
CHICO, Calif. - The Cal State San Bernardino men’s golf team jumped from fourth to first in the final round to claim the InterWest Chico State Invitational team title Tuesday at Canyon Oaks Country Club.

The Coyotes (887) carded a final-round 293, six strokes better than host Chico State, to pass second-place Cal State Stanislaus (891), third-place Cal State Bakersfield (895), and sixth-place Sonoma State (905), en route to the title. Chico State (901) finished fourth in the 10-team field.

Sonoma State’s Jarin Todd earned medalist honors with a 5-under 211. San Bernardino’s Dane Bagnell and Micah Burke joined Sonoma State’s Kyle Hopkins in a three-way tie for second at 1-over (217).

Chico State’s Art Golden III matched the best round of the day with a 2-under par 70 to lift the Wildcats to a 299, which was the day’s second best score. Golden and Danny Clayton each tied for 14th at 8-over par to account for the Wildcats’ best individual finishes. Kevin Horan finished 17th at 9-over.

Complete Results of InterWest Chico State Invite

10/09/06
Wildcats in sixth place after opening day of own tournament
CHICO – With the final holes played in darkness, the Chico State men’s golf team finds itself in sixth place after the opening two rounds of the InterWest Chico State Invitational at Canyon Oaks Country Club.  The tournament wraps up on Tuesday with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

For the Wildcats, Kevin Horan followed an even-par 72 with a 74 in the second round, tying for sixth place individually at 146. Danny Clayton 152 (79-73) is tied for 21st, Nick Green (74-79) is another shot back in a tie for 23rd, and Art Golden 154 (78-76) is tied for 25th, while Greg Marskey (157) is tied for 36th place in the 55-player field.

Sonoma State's Jarin Todd leads the field at 5-under 139 (70-69), and his teammate Kyle Hopkins is tied for second at 141 (72-69), but it’s Cal State Stanislaus that leads the team standings at 590 (298-292), one shot better than Cal State Bakersfield (302-289) and Sonoma State (300-291), which tied for second. Chico State is 12 shots off the lead at 602 (300-302).

09/27/06
Wildcats finish third in opening tournament
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Chico State men’s golf team got itself back where it belongs this week at the Western Washington University Invitational – near the top of the leaderboard.

The Wildcats posted the low final round score of 285 Tuesday and finished third in the 14-team field at 2-under par, just three strokes behind second-place Cal State Bakersfield and six strokes clear of fourth-place Notre Dame de Namur. Tournament host Western Washington finished 10-under to claim the team title.

Art Golden III (71-70-71-212), Kevin Horan (71-70-72-213), and Nick Green (73-70-72-215) each finished among the top 13 in the field of 75. They were also three of the 13 players who finished under par. Golden finished tied for seventh at 4-under, Horan was 10th at 3-under, and Green tied for 12th at 1-under.

Greg Marsky (75-97-70-224) carded a 70 to move up 19 spots into a tie for 33rd at 8-over par, while Andrew Sanchez (75-77-80-232) struggled to an 80 and finished in a tie for 57th at 16-over.

The Wildcats are coming off a frustrating season in which their highest team finish in a tournament was fifth. That followed three consecutive top-10 finishes in the national championship tournament. This week’s showing may be a statement that they’re back to the form they’ve come to expect.

09/26/06
Golfers in third place after first day
BELLINGHAM - The Chico State men's golf team sits in third place after the first day of competition at the Western Washington Invitational. Art Golden III and newcomer Kevin Horan led the Wildcats, finishing in a tie for fifth place individually with identical rounds of 71 and 70.

The Wildcats are currently ten strokes behind first place Western Washington and seven strokes behind second place Cal State Bakersfield. Today the Wildcats will look to claw their way up the leader board as they conclude play at the Bellingham Country Club.

T 5 Art Golden III 71 70 141
T 5 Kevin Horan 71 70 141
T 11 Nick Green 73 70 143
T 46 Andrew Sanchez 75 77 152
T 52 Greg Marskey 75 79 154

09/18/06
Golf Trip to Hawaii open to boosters
The Chico State golf teams will attend the Second Annual Mauna Lani Intercollegiate, October 29-31 to wrap up fall competition. In conjunction with this tournament is a booster trip available to Wildcat golf boosters.  The deadline to sign up is September 20. Contact Head Coach Keith Thomas 530-898-5708 for additional information.

08/11/06
Wildcats sign Horan to NLI
CHICO- Former Patriot League Freshman of the Year and US amateur Public Links Championship qualifier Kevin Horan has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Chico State men’s golf team beginning in 2006-07. Chico State head coach Keith Thomas announced the signing Friday.

“Kevin is a proven player at the collegiate level and the national amateur level,” said Thomas. “He’s a wonderful addition to our team.”

Horan played his freshman year at American University in Washington D.C. After winning the first collegiate tournament he ever entered, the 2004 Bridgewater Collegiate Classic, He went on to earn All-Patriot League honors and was named the league’s Freshman of the Year after finishing third at the Patriot League Championship Tournament.

American University dropped its men’s golf program after Horan’s freshman season. He will enter Chico State as a junior academically with three years of athletic eligibility remaining. Horan has continued to play, and in June placed in the top 10 at the prestigious Memorial Tournament at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course.

More recently, he qualified for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at San Juan Oaks in Hollister in July. He earned one of three spots available in a 90-player field stacked with collegiate players and top amateurs.

Moran graduated from Marina Del Rey High School in Loyola.