BOULDER CITY, Nev. — The Sacramento State men's golf team posted its second consecutive round of 285 (3-under par) and cruised to the team title at the Big Sky Championship on Sunday at Boulder Creek Golf Course. The title was third for the team but first since the Big Sky re-instated men's golf in 2015.
With the win, the Hornets earned a berth in one of six NCAA regionals. The complete NCAA field will be announced on Thursday, May 4 at 9 a.m. PT on Golf Channel. Sacramento State last appeared in an NCAA regional in 2012.
The Hornets finished the tournament at 304-285-285-874 to win the tournament by 15 strokes over Northern Colorado. Weber State was third with a total of 894.
During the final round, the team counted a 3-under par round of 69 from Robert Parden and three even-par rounds of 72 from Aaron Beverly, Wonje Choi and Landon Azevedo. Overall, Beverly was the medalist with rounds of 73-70-72-215. That total placed him one stroke ahead of Parden, Northern Colorado's Coby Welch and Hartford's Elias Gross. Choi was fifth in 76-69-72-217, Azevedo shot 79-78-72-229 to tie for 17th place and Devynn Fitchhorn tied for 19th at 78-76-77-231.
Parden enjoyed his best round of the tournament and second consecutive under par round. He parred his first four holes of the day before playing the next three holes at 4-under par. The stretch started with an eagle on the 533-yard, par-5 fifth hole and was followed by birdies on the par-4 sixth and seventh. His only two bogeys of the day came on the par-4 fourth ninth and 10th holes to take him back to 2-under par. From there he parred seven of his final eight holes with the exception being a birdie on the par-5 16th.
Beverly was even during the third round with a birdie and bogey on both sides of the course. He began his round with a birdie on the par-4 first hole but was eventually 1-over par with bogeys on the par-4 seventh and 11th holes. His final birdie came on the par-5 16th hole. The individual title was the first for Beverly this season. The senior was also the Big Sky Player of the Year and set the school single-season scoring average.
Choi followed his 69 from the second round with a round of 72 on Sunday. He bogeyed the first hole and parred the next 11 holes. A birdie on the par-5 13th returned him to even where he remained for the rest of the day.
Azevedo posted his best round of the spring at 72. The sophomore was 2-under on the front side of the course with birdies on the par-5 second and fifth and par-3 eighth and a bogey on the par-4 third. He parred the first seven holes on the back nine before bogeys on the final two holes.
Fitchhorn rounded out the lineup with a round of 77. The freshman was 3-over on the front nine with a birdie on the par-5 fifth and four bogeys. He played the back nine at 2-over with the help of a birdie on the par-5 13th and three bogeys.
BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP
Boulder City, Nev. | Boulder Creek GC
Par 72 | 7,452 Yards
1. SACRAMENTO STATE 304-285-285-874
2. Northern Colorado 306-303-280-889
3. Weber State 303-304-287-894
4. Hartford 309-311-289-909
5. Southern Utah 319-300-295-914
6. Binghamton 316-313-292-921
7. Idaho 326-302-295-923
8. North Dakota 352-320-313-985
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Aaron Beverly, SAC, 73-70-72-215
T2. Robert Parden, SAC, 77-70-69-216
T2. Coby Welch, UNC, 74-72-70-216
T2. Elias Gross, UH, 75-69-72-216
5. Wonje Choi, SAC, 76-69-72-217
SACRAMENTO STATE FINISHERS
1. Aaron Beverly 73-70-72-215
T2. Robert Parden 77-70-69-216
5. Wonje Choi 76-69-72-217
T17. Landon Azevedo 79-78-72-229
T19. Devyn Fitchhorn 78-76-77-231
May 17, 2017 MEN'S GOLF FINISHES 12TH AT NCAA STANFORD REGIONAL
April 30, 2017 MEN'S GOLF WINS BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP; BEVERLY IS MEDALIST
April 27, 2017 MEN'S GOLF OPENS BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP ON FRIDAY
April 13, 2017 MEN'S GOLF NINTH AFTER FIRST TWO ROUNDS OF EL MACERO CLASSIC
April 12, 2017 BECKER, BEVERLY NAMED BIG SKY GOLFERS OF THE WEEK
March 11, 2017 MEN'S GOLF TIES FOR 10TH PLACE AT BORDER OLYMPICS IN TEXAS
March 8, 2017 CHOI NAMED BIG SKY CONFERENCE MEN'S GOLFER OF THE WEEK
February 15, 2017 AARON BEVERLY NAMED BIG SKY MEN'S GOLFER OF THE WEEK
February 14, 2017 BEVERLY FINISHES SECOND AT PRO COMPRESSION INVITATIONAL
February 13, 2017 BEVERLY SHOOTS 66 TO LEAD MEN'S GOLF AT THE PRO COMPRESSION INVITATIONAL
February 3, 2017 MEN'S AND WOMEN'S GOLF PICKED TO WIN BIG SKY IN PRESEASON POLLS
November 10, 2016 AARON BEVERLY CLAIMS SECOND CONSECUTIVE BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
October 29, 2016 MEN'S GOLF, BEVERLY TIE FOR SECOND AT VISIT STOCKTON PACIFIC INVITE
October 4, 2016 MEN'S GOLF FINISHES SIXTH AT NICK WATNEY INVITATIONAL
September 21, 2016 BEVERLY NAMED BIG SKY MEN'S GOLFER OF THE WEEK
September 20, 2016 BEVERLY TIES FOR FOURTH, MEN'S GOLF FINISHES FIFTH AT RAM MASTERS
September 19, 2016 MEN'S GOLF, BEVERLY WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE AT RAM MASTERS INVITATIONAL
September 13, 2016 MEN'S GOLF FINISHES THIRD AT WASHINGTON STATE TOURNAMENT
September 12, 2016 MEN'S GOLF IN THIRD AFTER FIRST DAY OF SEASON