BOULDER CITY, Nev. — Sacramento State claimed its fourth Big Sky Men's Golf Championship team title in school history and led wire-to-wire en route to a 19-stroke victory on Tuesday at Boulder Creek Golf Club. The Hornets shot 299-285-280-884 to finish even par for the tournament and earn an automatic bid to an NCAA Regional. The title follows victories from the fall of 1996 and 1997 and the spring of 2017.
Individually, Ethan Davidson birdied the 17th hole to break a tie and win the individual title by one stroke over Southern Utah's Jake Vincent. Jonathan Tanihana was third two strokes behind Davidson.
Davidson shot 67 during the third round and claimed his first collegiate victory with a total of 74-73-67-214. The Calabasas, Calif., native was never above par during the round as he birdied the par-5 second hole. After a bogey on the par-3 third, he birdied the par-5 fifth and made the turn at 2-under with a birdie on the par-4 ninth. Davidson continued his run with a birdies on the par-4 11th and par-5 13th to take him to 4-under. He then bogeyed the par-4 14th but responded with a birdie on the par-5 15th to draw even atop the leaderboard. He took the lead on the 16th hole where he birdied the par-5 while Vincent carded a par. Davidson closed his round with pars on the last two holes but had to withstand two challenges from Vincent. On the 17th hole, Vincent had a chip lip out before settling for a par. On 18, Vincent's long birdie putt rolled over the hole before jumping off the back lip.
Tanihana posted his second consecutive round of 69 to finish third. He was 1-under after a birdie on the third hole before moving to 1-over following bogeys on the par-3 fourth and par-4 seventh. From there, he played his final 11 holes at 4-under par to finish at 3-under. His run began with a birdie on the par-4 ninth which left him even at the midway point of his round. After a par on No. 10, he birdied the par-4 11th, par-3 12th and par-5 13th.
Freshman Blaze Akana ranked third on the team with a 71 during the final round and tied for 10th overall at 78-72-71-221. Akana was the first Sacramento State player off the tee this morning and sparked the Hornets to a quick start with birdies on the par-4 first and par-5 second holes. Bogeys on Nos. 6 and 7 returned him to even for the final time during the round as he birdied the par-4 ninth to drop back into red numbers. Akana started his back nine with a par before birdying the par-4 11th. A bogey on No. 12 was followed by an eagle on the 579-yard, par-5 13th hole and later a birdie on the par-4 15th to move him to 4-under. After two pars, he had a triple bogey on the par-4 18th but still finished 1-under par.
Casey Leebrick tied for eighth overall with rounds of 70-77-73-220. Leebrick was even on the front side of the course with a pair of birdies and bogeys. The second half of his round was highlighted by birdies on Nos. 13, 15 and 17. He also had a bogey on the par-4 14th and a triple bogey on the par-4 11th.
Joe Fowler tied for 24th after shooting 77-71-84-232. Fowler's final round was comprised of three birdies, four bogeys, a triple bogey and two quadruple bogeys.
- The team's 54-hole total of 864 is the fifth-lowest for Sacramento State at the Big Sky Championship.
- The single-round score of 280 on Tuesday is tied for the second lowest by the Hornets at the conference championship and is tied for the lowest in the third round of the conference event.
- Davidson's 67 is the fourth-lowest third round score by a Hornet golfer at the Big Sky Championship and is the fifth lowest regardless of round.
- His 54-hole total of 214 is tied for the eighth-lowest in school Big Sky Championship history.
- The last Hornet to win the Big Sky individual title was current assistant coach Aaron Beverly who shot 73-70-72-215 in 2017.
BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP
Boulder City, Nev. | Boulder Creek GC
Par 72 | 7,482 Yards
1. Sacramento State 299-285-280-864
2. Southern Utah 304-294-285-883
3. Idaho 308-291-291-890
4. Weber State 309-296-286-891
5. Hartford 318-294-294-906
6. Northern Colorado 315-302-295-912
7. Binghamton 305-308-305-918
Individual Top Five
1. Ethan Davidson, SAC, 74-73-67-214
2. Jake Vincent, SUU, 76-68-71-215
3. Jonathan Tanihana, SAC, 78-69-69-216
T4. Jack Plaster, UI, 77-72-68-217
T4. Matthew Schwab, HART, 78-66-73-217
Sacramento State Scores
1. Ethan Davidson 74-73-67-214
3. Jonathan Tanihana 78-69-69-216
T8. Casey Leebrick 70-77-73-220
T10. Blaze Akana 78-72-71-221
T24. Joe Fowler 77-71-84-232