Men’s golf tees off 2016 season

Peter Castillo

Reporter

 

The CSU Bakersfield teed of its 2016 season and the Roadrunners are hoping to build off last year.

“They’re all great kids, great players and they play great golf, so keep your eye on all of them because they are going to show their skill this season,” said CSUB coach Meggan Bunker.

The men’s golf team consists of senior, Ibranhim, juniors Nathan Green and Garry Cai, sophomore Michael Mahlberg and freshmen Dominick Hoover and Warren Miller.

Bunker is entering her third season as head coach for the men’s golf team here at CSUB.

The men’s golf team will compete in ten tournaments this season.

In its first tournament of the season on Sept. 19, the CSUB teamed finished third in the CSUB Roadrunner Invitational which wrapped up play Sept. 20.

It was held at Bakersfield Country Club here in Bakersfield, Calif.

This is the first time that Bakersfield Country Club has hosted a CSUB men’s golf an invitational tournament since March of 2013.

“For all their families to come out and for the staff from school to come out, it was really special. We put on a great event and it turned out great,” said coach Meggan Bunker about hosting the event.

The Roadrunners had a three-way tie atop their team leaderboard.

Senior Izzad Ibrahim, junior Nathan Green and freshman Dominick Hoover all finished tied with 229. The trio finished tied for eighth overall on the individual leaderboard.

“We played great, but we have so much more room for improvement and so much potential.  And while they were consistent, I know we’re a lot better,” said Bunker.

UC Riverside led after each round and claimed the top spot in the tournament with an overall team score of 874.

Fellow Western Athletic Conference member University of Texas Rio Grande Valley finished only nine strokes behind the leader to finish second.

CSUB was third with 919 strokes.

Menlo College finished a distant fourth with 943.

Sam Gillis of UCR had the lowest individual score of the tournament at three-under par. He was followed by his teammate Matt Lutz. Ali Khazanbeik of UTRGV finished third.

Up next for the Roadrunners is the Nick Watney Invitational, which will take place from Monday, Oct. 3 to Tuesday, Oct. 4 in Fresno, Calif. at the San Joaquin Country Club.