RIVERSIDE, Calif. – California Baptist University concluded its run with seven NCAA Division I teams in the Folino Men’s Invitational Tuesday afternoon.
The Lancers finished eighth in the group with a three-round score of 933, which was 69 shots over par, at the Industry Hills Golf Club. Host Cal State Fullerton won its event with a one-under 863. CBU was within 13 strokes of the fifth to seventh-place teams after not having competed in a tournament for about four months.
"Our intent with this event was to break the dust off our tournament games," Coach John Hackney said. "We hadn’t played a tournament since late October so we just wanted to make sure we were ready to play in a big Division II Regional event at San Bernardino next week. I thought the guys played some excellent golf at times, but we were just not consistent enough."
California Baptist University, which is ranked 25th in NCAA Division II and is 18th in its division according to Golfstat, had two players in the top-30.
Stephen Watson finished in a three-way tie for 24th on the leaderboard with a 14-over 230 for CBU. He shot a three-over 75 in the third and final round Tuesday. The Lancers’ Micah Machado was not far off Watson, as he shot a combined 231 after carding a 77 in the third round.
Tai Kuida finished in a two-way tie for 39th with a 238 after shooting an 82 Tuesday for CBU. Glenn Hakes fired a 79 on the day to finish with a three-round score of 239 for the Lancers, who also had Neil Hand and Fredrik Hansson tie for 44th with scores of 241 each. Hakes tied for 41st after shooting a 79 Tuesday, while Hand and Hansson shot a 76 and 81, respectively.
CBU returns to action next week in the Cal State San Bernardino Coyote Classic, as it will look to move up the Division II rankings. Hackney is optimistic for what is to come for the Lancers.
“This team has a great deal of talent. I expect us to do some great things this spring…starting with next week," Hackney said. "We have good depth, all the guys get along well and they are working hard. They want to put CBU men’s golf on the map, and with a veteran bunch of players (four seniors), the time is now to do that.”