SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – CSU Bakersfield’s men’s golf team finished the Cullum Invitational with its best team, single-round score (297, +9) of the season behind Nathan Green’s two-under 70 on Tuesday. The Roadrunners improved their previous best score by three strokes to close out the tournament hosted by CSUN in 14th place.
After the tournament, Meggan Bunker, Head Coach of the ‘Runner men’s team, had high praises for her squad’s performance: “I am very happy with how my team is starting to play. Tournament play is starting to look more like the way we play and qualify at home. The scores are starting to get lower and our hard work at practice is starting to pay off. I’m proud of this team and what we are accomplishing.”
After having his second-round score disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard on Monday, Green rebounded nicely with a great start to his final round. The junior started out by shooting even par on his first seven holes. Birdies on Holes 8, 9, and 10 helped the native of Green River, Wyo. go to three-under. Green managed to sink a total of five birdies on the round and finished with a two-under 70, tying his career-best, single-round score.
Izzad Ibrahim led the ‘Runners on the tournament with consistently low scores of 76, 72, and 74 to shoot a six-over 222. The last time a ‘Runner shot better than six-under was September of 2014 (Jin Park, 220, +4). Ibrahim tied for 56th overall in the highly-competitive, 95-man field in Simi Valley.
Freshman Dominick Hoover golfed well, rounding out the tournament just two strokes behind Ibrahim (74-74-76-224), posting a season-best tournament score. Fellow freshman Warren Miller wound up third for CSUB on the tournament with his 54-hole score of 226 (79-70-77), also a season-best tournament for the native of Bakersfield.
As a team, the ‘Runners moved up one spot after finishing the first day of competition in last place. CSUB’s final-round score helped the ‘Runners leapfrog over UC Riverside by two strokes into 14th overall. The ‘Runners finished with a three-round total of 903 (+39), Bakersfield’s best tournament of the season by sixteen strokes.
UC Santa Barbara won the team title with a score of 833 while USC's Jonah Texeira took the individual title at 202. The Roadrunners have one final tournament on their fall schedule, the VisitStockton Pacific Invitational, to be played at Stockton Golf and Country Club Oct. 27-29.