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Toreros finish fall with three Top-5 finishes and an Individual Win
The Torero men’s golf team just wrapped up the five event fall semester highlighted by three top 5 finishes as well as an individual title. The Toreros started off the season at Northern Illinois University’s event in Aurora,IL placing 14th with Grant Forrest and Joe Carlson taking low team honors at +9, T-33rd. The team then headed to Washington’s event at Gold Mountain GC in Bremerton, WA. The Toreros finished in solo 4th out of 15 teams in a strong field featuring multiple Top 50 programs. This was a strong showing for the team after a disappointing first event. Two Toreros placed in the top 15, Taylor Schmidt T-7th at -2 and Grant Forrest T-15th at +1. The next week they headed to play in Saint Mary’s event in Seaside, CA at the demanding Bayonet and Blackhorse golf courses. The guys played well that week finishing in 3rd out of 19 teams. Grant Forrest took individual medalist honors at -7 under par with three sub par rounds of 71-69-69. This was Grant’s second individual title with his first coming last year at the WCC Championship. After a three and a half week break from competitive golf the Toreros competed in Cal State Northridge’s tournament in Simi Valley, CA at Wood Ranch GC. The Toreros were looking to defend their team title from 2012 but ended up finishing in solo 2nd behind the eventual winner Cal State Fullerton by one stroke. Four Toreros finished inside the top 20. Hawaii hosted the final event of the fall at Princeville Resort on the island of Kauai. The team struggled a little with the grainy and slow greens ending up T-10th out of 17 teams. Two Toreros finish in the Top 18. Grant Forrest finished T-11th at -8 under par while Alex Chiarella placed T-18th at -6 under par.
The Toreros also amassed an impressive 13-2 record against WCC teams in the fall!
The team’s next competition isn’t until the spring semester where the team has 7 events scheduled not including postseason with 2 of those events hosted by the Toreros at The Farms GC and San Diego CC.
The Farms Collegiate Invt’l February 10-11 Rancho Santa Fe, CA The Farms GC
Pepperdine Invt’l February 24-25 Oxnard, CA Saticoy CC
Lamkin Grips SD Classic March 10-11 Chula Vista, CA San Diego CC
National Invitational Tournament March 14-16 Tucson, AZ Tucson National
ASU Thunderbird Invt’l March 21-2 Tempe, AZ Karsten GC
Redhawk Invt’l April 7-8 University Place, WA Chambers Bay GC
WCC Championships April 14-16 Bremerton, WA Gold Mountain GC
NCAA Regionals TBD TBD TBD
NCAA Nat’l Championships TBD TBD TBD
Toreros in the Pros
Joe Panzeri finished another solid season on the PGA Canada Tour finishing 6th on the Order of Merit making 7 out of 9 cuts highlighted by a win in Calgary at the ATB Financial Classic. This was Joe’s second career PGA Canada tour win and is now prepping for the final stage of Web.Com Q school in La Quinta, CA December 12-17th. Joe will be competing for a fully exempt tour card next week but with him qualifying for the final stage he will have at least conditional status for the 2014 season on the Web. Com tour. Best of luck to Joe and GO TOREROS!!
Gunner Wiebe has had a very steady 2013 campaign on the PGA Latin America tour making 9 out of 11 cuts with two Top 10 finishes. His best finish came in Merida, MX where he placed in a T-3rd at -9 under par and his most recent finish was a T-36th in Columbia. Gunner is currently 32nd on the Order of Merit.
Berry Henson is enjoying another successful year on the Asian Tour where he is currently 17th on the Order of Merit. Berry has had five Top 20 finishes with his best finish coming in Taipei in a T-10th. He has made 15 out of 17 cuts with two events remaining in the 2013 season and this week Berry is competing in the Hong Kong Open with his final event being held in Chonburi, Thailand. Berry also competed in the very prestigious Omega Masters which was held in September which is a co-sanctioned event with the Asian and European tours where he finished in a T-34th.
Alex Ching is currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the last event of the PGA Latin America tour season. Alex has made 3 out of 11 cuts this season with his best finish coming in the Dominican Republic Open in a T-10th at -2 under par. He is currently in 96th on the Order of Merit and is looking for a good week to retain his tour card for next season.
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