IRVINE, Calif. – Following its first Big West Championship since 2014, Cal State Fullerton received four all-conference honors including Jason Drotter being named coach of the year for the 2018-19 season.
Drotter lead the team to nine top-5 finishes this season with three team victories. The team finished in the top-10 in all 11 tournaments this season and finished the final five tournaments of the year with two victories, two second place finishes and third place finish.
Drotter, in his 10th season at the helm of the Titan's men's golf program, earned his third coach of the year accolade after guiding Cal State Fullerton to a come-from-behind victory at the Big West Conference Championship.
The Titans started the final round of the conference championship in fourth place and jumped to the top of the leaderboard after dominating the final round with a score of 4-under par 876. Fullerton found itself in seventh place out of eight teams after the first round but was able to keep its composure to come all the way back to win the championship.
Derek Castillo and Matt Wilson were both named to the First Team All-Big West Conference after their strong performances throughout the season. Matt Wilson took first place at the conference tournament, becoming the first Titan to win the tournament in program history.
Wilson finished off his final season at Cal State Fullerton on a tear with seven top-20 finishes including a career-best second place finish before topping that with his aforementioned Big West Conference tournament victory. Wilson finished the year with a 71.97 average in 11 tournaments. The senior was named Big West Golfer of the Month in April, earning his first golfer of the month award in his Titan career.
Castillo had an impressive year himself, recording six top-20 finishes including four top-10 finishes in nine tournaments played this season. Castillo's best performance came at the Olympic Club Intercollegiate where he placed tied for second with a score of 3-under par 210. The junior ended the year with a 71.96 average per round.
First-year transfer Jack Dyer received Second Team All-Big West honors after finishing the season with a 72.88 average in 11 tournaments. Dyer recorded three top-10 finishes including a tournament victory at the Sacramento State Invitational. Dyer was named Big West Golfer of the Month in March after placing in the top-5 in back-to-back tournaments.
Sophomore Dalton Daniel also named to the Second Team All-Big West. Daniel had seven top-20 finishes with his best tournament being the Mark Simpson Colorado Invite where he placed fourth. Daniel had a 72.48 average in 11 tournaments this season.
The Titans look to continue their strong play as they head to the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional, May 13-15 at TPC Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, S.C.
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