SAN ANTONIO, Texas – In the final day of the America Sky Conference Championship, and the final day of the 2012-13 season, the CSU Bakersfield golf team settled for a tie for eighth place in the 12-team standings of the tournament on Wednesday. The Roadrunners were led by senior Daniel Richardson (Surrey, England, Reedley College) who finished in a tie for 14th place in the individual standings in the three-day, 54-hole tournament held at Dominion Country Club.
Richardson was tied for sixth entering the final round after carding even-72s on Monday and Tuesday, but he shot a 76 on Wednesday to finish with a 4-over 220, which was good enough to end up in a two-way tie for 14th. Richardson did record an eagle on the front nine and finished at 5-under on par-5 holes in the tournament. He finished seven strokes behind Sacramento State’s Jordan Weir, who won the tournament with a 3-under 213 (72-70-71).
As a team, CSUB finished the season in a tie for eighth place with Texas-Pan American. The ‘Runners combined for a 909 (310-295-304). Houston Baptist, the 2012 ASC Championship runner-up, won the tournament with a 7-over 871 (282-300-289).
“We didn’t finish as strong as I would have hoped in the final round and we stayed in about the same position,” said CSUB head coach Dave Barber. “All in all, it was a good season which showed a lot of improvement toward the end of the year.”
It was a big year for CSUB, which won its first-ever tournament at the Division I level by winning the Cal Poly Match Play Challenge on March 29. Out of CSUB’s starting five, three of them were seniors this season including Richardson, Matt Hammons (Bakersfield, Calif., Highland HS) and Patrick Bell (Manchester, England, Reedley College). Both senior’s turned in their lowest rounds of the tournament on Wednesday, as Hammons finished in a tie for 27th at 230 (76-79-75) and Bell placed 54th at 243 (84-84-75).
CSUB sophomore Dylan Lym (Evanston, Wyo., Evanston HS), who led the 'Runners with nine birdies in the tournament, finished in a tie for 31st place with a 227 (78-71-78) and junior Chase Goodvin (Bakersfield, Calif., Frontier HS) tied for first after posting a 237 (85-73-79).
Last year, in CSUB’s first appearance in the America Sky Conference Championship, the ‘Runners finished in eighth place and were led by then senior Jason Errecart, who placed 20th in the individual standings. CSUB improved in both the team and individual standings this year and will now be headed to the Western Athletic Conference in 2013-14.
Weir clinched the one-shot win with a birdie on the 18th hole. Stanley had rounds of 70-74-70--214 to finish second, while Ben Krueger from Northern Colorado (72-72-71) and HBU’s Hansard (68-74-72) tied for third at 215.
Sacramento State’s Ryan Williams had the best round of the day with a four-under 68, despite a bogey on the final hole, to finish in a tie for fifth place at 216, along with Mason Casper of Utah Valley (74-71-71), Dan Yustin from Hartford (76-70-70) and Jake Holt from Southern Utah (72-73-71).Houston Baptist, which last played in the NCAA Tournament in 1988 and enjoyed its best finish of fifth place in 1987 when Colin Montgomerie was on the team, will represent the America Sky on May 16-18 at one of six NCAA regional sites -- University Club in Baton Rouge, La., Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla., the Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio, The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark., Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash., and the Karsten Golf Course on the campus of Arizona State.
The 2013 All-America Sky Men's Golf Conference team was also announced on Wednesday and the selections are listed below:
1st team all conference
Mason Casper, UVU
Jordan Herzog, Weber St.
Evan Russell, Hartford
Preston Stanley, HBU
Ryan Williams, Sac. St.
2nd team all-conference
Sammy Cole, Southern Utah
Jake Holt, S. Utah
Ben Krueger, N. Colorado
Steven Kupcho, N. Colorado
Tim Leonard, S. Utah
Charlie Mroz, N. Colorado
Brandon Wilhide, HBU
Player of the Year: Mason Casper, Utah Valley University
Freshman of the Year: Evan Russell, Hartford University
Coach of the Year: David Shuster, Houston Baptist
The Great West Conference contributed to this report. To see a photos of the CSUB players in action at the ARC Championship, check out the link to the gallery on this page.