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.
Live results for the tournament can be accessed by selecting the link at the top of the page.
May 31, 2017 HONORS CONTINUE TO ROLL IN FOR AARON BEVERLY
May 17, 2017 MEN'S GOLF FINISHES 12TH AT NCAA STANFORD REGIONAL
April 30, 2017 MEN'S GOLF WINS BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP; BEVERLY IS MEDALIST
April 27, 2017 MEN'S GOLF OPENS BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP ON FRIDAY
April 13, 2017 MEN'S GOLF NINTH AFTER FIRST TWO ROUNDS OF EL MACERO CLASSIC
April 12, 2017 BECKER, BEVERLY NAMED BIG SKY GOLFERS OF THE WEEK
March 11, 2017 MEN'S GOLF TIES FOR 10TH PLACE AT BORDER OLYMPICS IN TEXAS
March 8, 2017 CHOI NAMED BIG SKY CONFERENCE MEN'S GOLFER OF THE WEEK
February 15, 2017 AARON BEVERLY NAMED BIG SKY MEN'S GOLFER OF THE WEEK
February 14, 2017 BEVERLY FINISHES SECOND AT PRO COMPRESSION INVITATIONAL
February 13, 2017 BEVERLY SHOOTS 66 TO LEAD MEN'S GOLF AT THE PRO COMPRESSION INVITATIONAL
February 3, 2017 MEN'S AND WOMEN'S GOLF PICKED TO WIN BIG SKY IN PRESEASON POLLS
November 10, 2016 AARON BEVERLY CLAIMS SECOND CONSECUTIVE BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
October 29, 2016 MEN'S GOLF, BEVERLY TIE FOR SECOND AT VISIT STOCKTON PACIFIC INVITE
October 4, 2016 MEN'S GOLF FINISHES SIXTH AT NICK WATNEY INVITATIONAL
September 21, 2016 BEVERLY NAMED BIG SKY MEN'S GOLFER OF THE WEEK
September 20, 2016 BEVERLY TIES FOR FOURTH, MEN'S GOLF FINISHES FIFTH AT RAM MASTERS
September 19, 2016 MEN'S GOLF, BEVERLY WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE AT RAM MASTERS INVITATIONAL
September 13, 2016 MEN'S GOLF FINISHES THIRD AT WASHINGTON STATE TOURNAMENT
September 12, 2016 MEN'S GOLF IN THIRD AFTER FIRST DAY OF SEASON