Titans Head to Long Beach for Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf Classic

THIS WEEK: After finishing fourth at the Folino Invitational in the City of Industry, Calif., last weekend the Cal State Fullerton men's golf team heads to Long Beach, Calif., to participate in the 17th Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf as one of eight teams competing in the two-day tournament on Feb. 27-28.

THE COURSE: The two-day event will be contested at the Virginia Country Club, playing at 6,633 yards from the tournament tees and par 70 for the 54-hole event. Play begins at 8 a.m. for the first and second round on Monday and will conclude Tuesday for the final 18 holes.  

THE FIELD: Competing alongside the Titans will be squads from Cal State Northridge, Grand Canyon University, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Pacific, University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

WATCH IT LIVE: Well… sort of. Live scoring will be available for this week's event at Golfstat.com for both days. Please visit http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=4073 for scores as they become available.

IN THE RANKINGS: Cal State Fullerton is ranked No. 89 in the nation according to the Golfstat.com NCAA Head-to-Head rankings, facing a field that features two teams ranked higher than the Titans: UNCW is No. 71, Pacific is No. 78, Long Beach State is No. 105, VCU is No. 126, Loyola Marymount is No. 135, Cal State Northridge is No. 210, and Grand Canyon University is No. 25 in Division Two.

According to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, Fullerton is No. 91 in the nation with two teams in the top 100: Pacific (#69), UNCW (#82), Long Beach State (#107), VCU (#131), Loyola Marymount (#150), Cal State Northridge (#218), and Grand Canyon University is not ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.

DEL WALKER GOLF CLASSIC: This week will mark the third time the Titans have participated in the Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf Classic, Long Beach State hosts the tournament, which will be a stroke play competition after last year's tournament, which featured a six-team match play. The Titans did not compete in last year's tournament, but did compete in 2011 finishing tied for third. Fullerton finished with a score of 1091 (+18) behind winner Santa Clara who finished 1077 (+4). UCLA won the tournament last year, which was a match play competition.

A TALE OF TWO ROUNDS:
At the Folino Invitational last week, Cal State Fullerton finished the first 36 holes at 10-over-par and trailing second-round leader UC Irvine by just nine strokes, but the Titans shot a final-round 311 under cloudy, cold, and rainy skies on Tuesday to finish at 23-over-par on the day and fall two shots behind third-place Loyola Marymount. Long Beach State, which was second after each of the first two rounds, finished 10 strokes better than the Anteaters on the final day and finished at 8-over-par for the tournament -- four shots better than UCI in second place -- to claim its second-consecutive Folino Invitational title.

FOLINO INVITATIONAL: Sophomore Ryan Tetrault, who set a tournament single-round record with a 66 on Monday and entered the day in a tie for fifth, paced the Titans on Tuesday, shooting a final-round 76 to finish with a 4-over-par 220 and end in a tie for eighth. Tetrault paced a group of five Fullerton players in the top 15 as redshirt freshman Mark Jensma, playing as an individual, finished in a tie for 10th at 5-over-par (221), and junior Josh Park, also competing as an individual, finished in a tie for 12th at 6-over-par (222) along with teammate Dakota Duerr. Junior Mark Anguiano, who entered the day in ninth place at 2-over-par, finished in 15th after a final-round 78, finishing with 8-over-par 224 for the tournament. Teammate Corey Gard, who co-led the tournament in par five scoring (-6), finished in a tie for 27th at 16-over-par (232) while Michael Choe was in a tie for 36th with a 19-over-par 235. Darren Saqui, competing as an individual, finished in a tie for 49th with a 30-over-par 246.

MAKING HIS MARK: Mark Anguiano has shot at least 70 or under in every tournament during the 2012-13 season. In three of his last four rounds, Anguiano has shot under 70 (69, 76, 68, 68). His scoring average, 73.20, is third best on the team and has played in all five tournaments this season.

YOU CAN DUERR IT: Junior Dakota Duerr led the Titans during the fall with a 72.58 scoring average and fourth-place finishes in the Firestone Grill Invitational in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate in Pullman, Wash.  

THIRD ROUNDS A CHARM: In three of the four fall tournaments, a Titan athlete shot a team-best round in the third round:

Itani Quality Home Collegiate: Mark Anguiano – 69, Sept. 11, 2012
Bill Cullum Invitational: Corey Gard – 69, Oct. 23, 2012
Warrior Wave Princeville Invitational: Mark Anguiano – 69, Nov. 7, 2012
Arizona Intercollegiate: Mark Anguiano – 68, Jan. 29, 2013

ROUNDS AT PAR OR BETTER IN 2012-13:

Corey Gard (8):

72 (E) -- 3rd Round -- Itani Quality Homes Collegiate, Sept. 11, 2012

68 (-2) -- 1st Round -- Firestone Grill Invitational, Oct. 8, 2012

72 (E) -- 1st Round -- Bill Cullum Invitational, Oct. 22, 2012

72 (E) -- 2nd Round -- Bill Cullum Invitational, Oct. 22, 2012

69 (-3) -- 3rd Round -- Bill Cullum Invitational, Oct. 23, 2012

71 (-1) – 2nd Round -- Warrior Wave Princeville, Nov. 6, 2012

71 (E) – 1st Round – Arizona Intercollegiate, Jan. 28, 2013

71 (E) – 2nd Round – Arizona Intercollegiate, Jan. 29, 2013

Mark Anguiano (7):

69 (-3) -- 3rd Round -- Itani Quality Homes Collegiate, Sept. 11, 2012

70 (E) -- 1st Round -- Firestone Grill Invitational, Oct. 8, 2012

72 (E) -- 1st Round -- Bill Cullum Invitational, Oct. 22, 2012

70 (-2) -- 3rd Round -- Bill Cullum Invitational, Oct. 23, 2012

69 (-3) – 3rd Round -- Warrior Wave Princeville, Nov. 7, 2012

68 (-3) – 2nd Round -- Arizona Intercollegiate, Jan 29, 2013

68 (-3) – 3rd Round – Arizona Intercollegiate, Jan 29, 2013

Dakota Duerr (5):

71 (-1) -- 3rd Round -- Itani Quality Homes Collegiate, Sept. 11, 2012

66 (-4) -- 2nd Round -- Firestone Grill Invitational, Oct. 8, 2012

68 (-2) -- 3rd Round -- Firestone Grill Invitational, Oct. 9, 2012

70 (-2) -- 3rd Round -- Bill Cullum Invitational, Oct. 23, 2012

72 (E) -- 3rd Round -- Warrior Wave Princeville, Nov. 7, 2012

Mark Jensma (1):

71 (E) – 2nd Round – Arizona Intercollegiate, Jan. 29, 2013

Josh Park(1):

70 (E) -- 2nd Round -- Firestone Grill Invitational, Oct. 8, 2012

Ryan Tetrault (2):

68 (-2) -- 3rd Round -- Firestone Grill Invitational, Oct. 9, 2012

71 (E) – 2nd Round – Arizona Intercollegiate, Jan. 29, 2013

TAP-INS:

• Ryan Tetrault shot a career best round of 66 in the second round of the Folino Invitational. His best career round was a 68 at the Firestone Grill Invitational in the third round on Oct. 9, 2012.

• Mark Anguiano posted a 68 in the second and third round during the Arizona Intercollegiate, marking the first time a Titan has shot back-to-back rounds of 68 in a tournament.

• Anguiano shot the fourth lowest 54-hole individual score (212) since the program's reinstatement in 2009. Anguiano owns the best 54-hole individual score when he shot a 208 at the Big West Championships on April 29-May 1, 2012.

• Fullerton has had nine sub-70 rounds this season led by four from Mark Anguiano and two apiece from Corey Gard and Dakota Duerr

• The Titans shot their lowest team round of the 2012-13 season during the Arizona Intercollegiate with a score of 281 on Jan. 29, 2013.

• Four Titans have taken over 1,000 strokes on the season (Tetrault 1,120; Mark Anguiano 1,098; Corey Gard 1,093; Dakota Duerr 1,022)

• The Titans failed to have a golfer par or under-par a round for the first time since Nov. 5, 2012 during the first round at the Warrior Wave Princeville Intercollegiate in Kauai, Hawaii.