October 19, 2012

CSUN Men's Golf Set to Host 2012 Bill Cullum Invitational

The Cal State Northridge men's golf team will host the 2012 Bill Cullum Invitational on Mon.-Tue., Oct. 22-23 at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley. The tournament also features a College-Am (in conjunction with the team practice round) Sunday at 1 p.m. 36-holes of play on Monday is scheduled for a 7:45 a.m. shotgun start while Tuesday's final round is scheduled for 7 a.m. off holes #1 and #10.

Cal State Northridge won its one and only Bill Cullum Invitational title in 2008 when the Matadors carded a three-round 853. Arizona State and Long Beach State shared last season's team title with a tournament score of 853. The Sun Devils' Spencer Fletcher took home individual medalist honors with a 208 after rounds of 68-72-68. Former Matador Nick Delio claimed CSUN's only individual title in Cullum history when he fired a three-round 208 in 2010.

THIS YEAR'S TOURNAMENT
The 17-year old tournament recently changed its name to the "Bill Cullum Invitational" after the legendary Cal State Northridge men's golf coach. In previous years, the tournament has been called "The Countrywide Invitational" and in 2006 was renamed "The Bill Cullum/Countrywide Invitational". This years field features 20 teams who will battle the Wood Ranch course which is par 72 and 6,819 yards.

THE BILL CULLUM LEGACY
Bill Cullum coached the Matador men's team from 1965 to 1986 and won three NCAA Division II golf championships and finished second twice. He was named NCAA College-Division Coach of the Year in 1969 and District Eight Coach of the Year in 1970 and 1971. Under Cullum, the Matadors won eight California Collegiate Athletic Association championships from 1969 to 1977. Cullum was inducted to the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Cal State Northridge Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012. He passed away on July 12, 2003. Current Cal State Northridge men's golf coach Jim Bracken played under Cullum from 1978-80.

"He just had a passion for the game and helped a lot of kids develop personally as well as professionally," said Bracken. "He had tremendous care for his players and his teams."

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

WHAT:
The 2012 Bill Cullum Invitational

WHERE:
Wood Ranch Golf Club, Simi Valley, Calif., Par 72 - 6,819 yards

WHEN:
Sunday, Oct. 21, College-Am (1:00 p.m. shotgun start - in conjunction with practice round)
Monday, Oct. 22, 36 holes (shotgun start at 7:45 a.m.)
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 18 holes (Tee times start at 7 a.m. off #1 and #10)

FORMAT:
Each school will field a team of five players with Cal State Northridge, Cal State Fullerton, Loyola Marymount, Southern Utah and other participating schools fielding individuals whose score will not count towards team scoring.

FIELD:
Arizona State, Boise State, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, CSU Bakersfield, Gonzaga, Hawai'i, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Sacramento State, San Diego, Seattle, Southern Utah, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Utah State, Washington State, Weber State and Cal State Northridge.

RESULTS:
Live Scoring of the 2012 Cullum Invitational will be available on Golfstat.com. Results will also be posted on the official website of Cal State Northridge athletics, www.GoMatadors.com at the conclusion of the first day and at the conclusion of the tournament.

Live Scoring

PAST TOURNAMENT WINNERS:

1996:
Team: Long Beach State (289-311-290--890)
Individual: John Wurzer, LBSU (70-81-68--219)

1997:
Team: UC Santa Barbara (305-306-297--908)
Individual: Jon Morgan, Utah (74-74-74--222)

1998:
Team: Sacramento State (305-296-298--899)
Individual: Naoya Takemoto, UCSB (68-73-71--212)

1999:
Team: Portland (291-296-290--877)
Individual: Ryan Earl, Portland* (72-74-71--217)

2000:
Team: UC Irvine (283-295-308--886)
Individual: Jeff Coburn, UC Irvine* (72-72-71--215)

2001:
Team: UC Irvine (287-281-303--871)
Individual: Brandon Hillpot, UC Riverside (69-70-69--208)

2002:
Team: Utah (292-287-288--867)
Individual: Casey Fowles, Utah (70-70-68--208)

2003:
Team: Cal State Stanislaus (286-286-287--859)
Individual: Billy Moon, CS Stanislaus (72-69-68--209)

2004:
Team: Saint Mary's (278-284-283--845)
Individual: Joe Lanza, Saint Mary's (70-68-70--208)

2005:
Team: Holy Names College (296-289-294--879)
Individual: Charles Chae, Holy Names (73-66-72--211)

2006:
Team: Loyola Marymount (292-290-291--873)
Individual: Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount (70-69-68--207)

2007:
Team: UC Santa Barbara (286-288-296--870)
Individual: Brian Hollenbeck, UC Santa Barbara (71-71-70--212)

2008:
Team: Cal State Northridge (276-284-293--853)
Individual: Tristan Bierenbroodspot, Arizona State (66-67-71--206)

2009:
Team: Pacific (279-281-283--843)
Individual: Alex Johnson, Pacific (66-68-73--207)

2010:
Team: UC Riverside (298-286-287--871)
Individual: Nick Delio, CSUN (72-69-67--208)

2011:
Team: Arizona State (283-288-282--853)
Team: Long Beach State (283-284-286--853)
Individual: Spencer Fletcher, Arizona State (68-72-68--208)

* - won in playoff

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