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Toreros finish 2nd at Bill Cullum Invitational

The Toreros men’s golf team had another strong showing  finishing runner up at the Bill Cullum Invitational hosted by Cal State Northridge. The Toreros finished one stroke behind the eventual winning team of Cal State Fullerton which was hosted at the 6,972 yard par 72 Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, CA. The team got off to a good start on the first day shooting 6 under par in round one and 13 under par in round two for a combined 19 under par total for the first 36 holes. This gave the Toreros a 6 shot lead heading into the final day and left the team in a good position to defend their title from last year and capture their first team title of the 2013-2014 season.  Unfortunately round three didn’t go as planned and the team finished with a score of  5 over par for a three round total of 850(-14). Junior Grant Forrest had another top 5 finish placing 4th at 7 under par with rounds of 71-68-70. Sophomore Alex Chiarella had his best finish of the season finishing T-6th at 5 under par with rounds of 69-70-72. The highlight of the week was not only the Toreros runner up finish but was Senior Taylor Schmidt second round score of 7 under par 65 and four of the Toreros finishing in the Top 20. Overall a good week for the team and this gave the Toreros their 3rd straight Top 4 finish in their last three events (4th, 3rd, 2nd). 

Final Results:

Grant Forrest 71-68-70=209(-7) 4th

Alex Chiarella 69-70-72=211(-5) T-6th

Taylor Schmidt 74-65-76=215(-1) T-14th

Mathias Dahl 68-73-75=216(E) T-20th

Sebastian Smith 76-72-77=225(+9) T-57th

Will Twitty(Individual) 71-86-80=237(+21) T-93rd


Toreros T-10th in Hawaii  at Warrior Princeville Invt’l

For our fifth tournament of the fall semester we headed to the beautiful island of Kauai to compete in

 University of Hawaii’s event played at the scenic Princeville Resort Makai golf course. The 54 hole event held over three days was another great opportunity for the Toreros to continue their solid play and jump up the rankings. The 18 team field which competed on the 7,223 yard par 72 golf course was a very fair test of golf and low scores were very accessible if there was very little wind. The Toreros struggled on day one with a team score of +1 which left the team 17 strokes behind the leaders Cal State Fullerton but with two more days of competition there was plenty of time for the Toreros to make a move up the leaderboard. Junior Grant Forrest continued his solid play and lead the team with a -3 69 on day one but we knew we had to take advantage of the easy holes and make fewer mistakes to improve on day 2 and 3. The following days were better for the team shooting scores of -6 and -7 putting us at a three day total of -12 good  for a T-10th. This obviously wasn’t the finish we were expecting after our strong play over the last month and a half but every tournament is a learning process for the guys and we have to learn from our mistakes and move forward to be ready for the busy spring. Junior Grant Forrest lead the way with a three day total -8 good for a T-11th followed by sophomore Alex Chiarella who placed in a T-18th at -6. Mathias Dahl was the next best Torero who finished at +1 and in a T-52nd was senior Taylor Schmidt at +5(T-72nd)  followed by senior Joe Carlson at +7(T-77th). Sophomore Skyler Finnell also competed in the event as an individual and had three round total of 221(+5) with rounds of 79-71-71 good for a T-68th. Our next event isn’t until the spring semester where we kick off the new year at our event hosted at The Farms Golf Club Feburary 10-11th.


McCready makes a run at the U.S Mid Am

USD alumni Kenneth McCready recently had a very strong showing at the 33rd United States Mid- Am making it all the way to the semifinals. Kenneth qualified thru the stroke play qualifying with rounds of 70-73 advancing him to the match play event of 64 players. He won his first match 3 & 2 followed by a 3 & 1 victory in the round of 32. Kenneth won his third match 1 up continued by an extra hole win on the 20th hole to advance him to the semifinals were his run ended losing 2 & 1 to the eventual runner up Bill Williamson of  Cincinnati, Ohio.

Toreros in the Pros

Berry Henson who is a fully exempt member of the Asian Tour competed in his very first PGA Tour event two weeks ago at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Berry shot rounds of 74-71-72-73 placing him in a T-47th in this very prestigious event. He is currently 14th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit and will be trying to qualify for the European tour this upcoming week.

Gunner Wiebe who is a member of the PGA Latin American Tour has recently just begun the second half of their season making the all three cuts in the last three events. Gunner started off in Puerto Rico were he fired rounds of 72-71-70 good for a T-43rd where he then headed to Brasil and placed in a t-53rd with rounds of 67-70-71-75. His most recent finish was a T-36th in Columbia where he shot rounds of 72-70-67-72. Gunner is currently sitting in 27th on the Order of Merit with four tournaments remaining on the 2013 schedule. 

   Cory Scoggin
Head Coach
University of San Diego
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