ON THE TEE…: After its second consecutive month-long layoff, the Cal State Fullerton women's golf team returns to the links this week, heading north to California's Central Valley to defend its title at the ninth-annual Fresno State Lexus Classic at the Copper River Country Club on April 15-16.
THE COURSE: The Copper River Country Club will play at par 72 and 6,212 yards for this week's competition, spanning 54 holes over two days. The tournament begins at 8 a.m. on Monday morning (April 15) with a shotgun start and concludes with the final round of 18 holes on Tuesday (April 16) beginning at 7 a.m.
THE FIELD: Along with the Titans and host Bulldogs, 13 other teams are scheduled to compete this weekend: Cal Poly, Colorado State, Idaho, Long Beach State, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon State, Sacramento State, San Jose State, Tulsa, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, and Wyoming.
WATCH IT LIVE: Well… sort of. Live scoring for all three rounds will be available at GolfStat.com by clicking on the following link: http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=4091
IN THE RANKINGS: Fullerton enters the tournament ranked No. 81 in the nation according to this week's GolfStat NCAA Head-to-Head rankings (as of April 10) while the tournament features 10 schools ranked in the top 100. San Jose State is the highest-ranked school at No. 56, followed closely by UC Irvine at No. 58.
Other rankings include: Tulsa (#63), Long Beach State (#71), Oregon State (#82), Fresno State (#84), New Mexico (#87), Nevada (#90), Idaho (#94), UC Riverside (#121), Colorado State (#130), Wyoming (#148), Sacramento State (#154), and Cal Poly (#157).
HERE COMES THE CHAMP: Cal State Fullerton will be making its fourth trip in as many seasons to the Central Valley to compete in the Fresno State Lexus Classic, but its first as the tournament's champion after shooting a 29-over-par, 893 to claim the crown in 2012, rallying from two strokes back to top San Jose State by four shots. Tisha Alyn Abrea finished second overall (+1, 217) while Seri Lee (+9, 225) and Neomi Hunt (+11, 227) also finished in the top 15.
2012 FRESNO STATE LEXUS CLASSIC
Team… 289-300-304--893 (1st, +29)
2. Tisha Alyn Abrea… 72-71-74--217 (+1)
6. Seri Lee… 75-77-73--225 (+9)
t11. Neomi Hunt… 72-77-78--227 (+11)
t33. Taylor Fowler… 70-85-79--234 (+18)
t38. Kathryn New… 76-76-83--235 (+19)*
t38. Deidre Crabtree… 80-75-80--235 (+19)
* competed as an individual
TITANS STAY CONSISTENT IN UTAH: Sophomores Seri Lee and Tisha Alyn Abrea each posted top-10 finishes to help the Titans finish fourth at the 27th annual BYU at Entrada Classic at the Snow Canyon Country Club in St. George, Utah. Fullerton finished three shots back of Nevada, which charged up two spots to finish third, and seven shots ahead of the host Cougars in fifth. Lee shot a final round 74 to move up four spots to eighth, nine shots off the lead, while Abrea ended in a tie for ninth after a final round 77.
2013 BYU AT ENTRADA CLASSIC
Team… 310-298-305--913 (4th, +49)
8. Seri Lee… 78-73-74--225 (+9)
t9. Tisha Alyn Abrea… 78-71-77--226 (+10)
t23. Deidre Crabtree… 75-80-77--232 (+16)*
t26. Neomi Hunt… 78-77-78--233 (+17)
t31. Kristen Aiu… 81-77-76--234 (+18)
t40. Makayla Mier… 76-79-81--236 (+20)
* competed as an individual
TOUGH TO TOP: With its fourth-place finish at BYU, the Titans posted their sixth top-five finish in seven events this season and their 12th in the last 16 tournaments dating back to last season -- a stretch that includes three victories, two runners-up, and a pair of third-place finishes.
NO DOGGIN' IT AT FRESNO STATE'S CLASSIC: A big part of Fullerton's win in Fresno last season was the Titans' quick start out of the gate, shooting a school single-round team record 289, while their second-round 300 is the 10th lowest team round since the program was reinstated in 2009-10. The team's score of 893 was also a school record since reinstatement until the mark was broken by a single stroke earlier this year at the Washington State Cougar Cup back on Sept. 24-25.
TISHA TIES TOP ROUND: The only Titan with a sub-par round on the weekend, Abrea's second-round 71 in Utah matched her career single-round low set last season at the Lexus Classic and is tied for the second-lowest round by a Fullerton player this season. Abrea's 217 and her second-place finish at last season's Fresno State Lexus Classic are also career bests.
IRON WOMEN: Abrea and Lee have carried the load for the Fullerton lineup this season, standing as the only two Titans to have competed in all seven tournaments and all 21 rounds in 2012-13. The dynamic duo has combined for seven top-10 finishes this season.
IF SHE KEEPS THIS UP…: Lee's current 75.57 scoring average would be a new school record if the season ended today, edging out Abrea's mark of 75.74 set last season as a freshman. Lee's average is nearly three strokes better than her freshman season average of 78.52 while Abrea's mark of 76.48 this year would rank third all-time.
• Abrea's second-round 71 at the BYU at Entrada Classic made her only the fourth Titan to shoot a round at par or better this season…
ROUNDS AT PAR OR BETTER IN 2012-13:
Seri Lee -- 71 (-1) -- 1st Round -- Washington State Cougar Cup, Sept. 24, 2012
Seri Lee -- 71 (-1) -- 3rd Round -- Washington State Cougar Cup, Sept. 25, 2012
Seri Lee -- 71 (-1) -- 3rd Round -- Fighting Camel Fall Classic, Oct. 23, 2012
Seri Lee -- 71 (E) -- 3rd Round -- Folino Invitational, Feb. 17-19, 2013
Taylor Fowler -- 71 (-1) -- 1st Round -- Rose City Collegiate, Oct. 1, 2012
Taylor Fowler -- 70 (-2) -- 1st Round -- Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate, Oct. 13, 2012
Deidre Crabtree -- 72 (E) -- 3rd Round -- Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate, Oct. 14, 2012
Tisha Alyn Abrea -- 71 (-1) -- 2nd Round -- BYU at Entrada Classic, March 18, 2013
• Fullerton's second-round 298 in Utah is tied for the eighth-lowest single-round score since reinstatement while the 913 total is tied for sixth…
• Kristen Aiu's T-17th finish at the Folino Invitational on Feb. 17-19 -- her first appearance of the year -- is the lowest finish by a Titan competing as an individual this season…
• Fullerton's 892 at the Washington State Cougar Cup to kick-off the season set a school-record for the lowest 54-hole team score since the program was reinstated in 2009-10 while the Titans' 899 from the Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate stands as the third-lowest...
• Five of the top 10 lowest 54-hole team scores since 2009-10 have been carded this season while nine of the lowest individual scores over 54 holes have been set in 2012-13, including Seri Lee's school-record 216 at the WSU Cougar Cup...
• Cal State Fullerton's win at the Rose City Intercollegiate on Oct. 1-2 was the program's third tournament victory since being reinstated and its first since winning the Fresno State Lexus Classic on March 12-13, 2012.