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MEN'S GOLF OPENS BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP ON FRIDAY

MEN'S GOLF OPENS BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP ON FRIDAY

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The conference title and an automatic bid to an NCAA regional will be on the line when the Sacramento State men's golf team competes at the Big Sky Conference Championships on April 28-30 at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nev. Teams will play one round per day over the three days.

The Hornets will be represented by Aaron Beverly, Robert Parden, Wonje Choi, Devyn Fitchhorn and Landon Azevedo at the tournament. Sacramento State will be looking for its first conference title since winning the America Sky Conference crown in 2012 and its first Big Sky championship since 1997 (the conference did not sponsor men's golf from 2002-15). The Hornets placed second at the last two Big Sky Championships.

The team is the highest ranked among the eight schools in the field as Sacramento State is currently ranked 109th in the Golfstat Relative Rankings. Northern Colorado is second at 144th and Southern Utah is 205th. Those three schools will be paired together in the first round beginning at 8:30 a.m. off the first tee.

Sacramento State closed the regular season by placing seven members of the team on the all-Big Sky teams. That list was topped by Beverly who was the conference's player of the year as well as Parden and Choi who joined him on the first team.

Heading into this weekend's Big Sky Championship, Beverly leads the conference with a scoring average of 70.91 in 23 rounds. He has finished second in three tournament this year and has recorded 17 rounds of 72 or better during the year. His current average would break his own school record of 71.83 which came last season. That mark made him the first golfer in school history to average less than par over the course of a season.

Choi currently ranks second on the team with an average of 74.13 and has been in the lineup for eight tournaments in his first season with the Hornets. Choi owns a low of 69 at the Cowboy Classic and finished in 10th place at the Sacramento State Invitational and tied for 10th at the Cowboy Classic for his highest finishes.

Parden is only member of the team to compete in all 10 events this season and is averaging 73.76. He has earned all-Big Sky honors for three straight years and has 11 rounds of par of better this season.

Fitchhorn is a redshirt freshman who has been in the lineup in all but one tournament this year. He has averaged 74.46 with a low of 70 in the first round of the Pacific Invitational. Azevedo has seen limited action in 2017, competing for Sacramento State at The Farms Intercollegiate and as an individual at the Sacramento State Invitational. However, he was the Big Sky Freshman of the Year in 2015-16 and tied for 12th place at last year's conference championship.

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