Morro Bay High grad Matt Hansen, a Los Osos native who’s now a freshman at UC Davis, shot a 1-over 73 Tuesday at the NCAA men’s golf national championships, tying for 34th place with 12 others entering today’s second round.
“Tee-to-green, he was probably better than a tour pro,” Aggies coach Cy Williams said in a news release. “His putting speed wasn’t quite as sharp as it could be, but he was very close to shooting 3- or 4-under par today. It was pretty impressive to watch.”
Hansen, along with Cal Poly senior Geoff Gonzalez, is one of six individuals competing alongside 30 teams at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla. Neither UC Davis nor Cal Poly made it as teams.
Georgia Tech’s James White is the individual leader with a 5-under 67.
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Hansen, recently named the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year, opened with a birdie on the 10th hole, and rallied with birdies on the 16th and 18th. He wrapped up his first round by carding par every time on the back nine.
Hansen will tee off today’s installment of the 54-hole, three-day tournament at 12:20 p.m.
Gonzalez, a native of Diablo, opened with an 81. He’ll tee off at the same time as Hansen today, and will start play Thursday at noon.
All-Big West honors
Cal Poly’s Bobby Crocker and Mason Radeke earned all-Big West Conference first-team honors Tuesday.
Radeke (8-4), a junior pitcher from Santa Barbara High, had seven consecutive wins at one point this year, and finished with a 3.07 ERA in 992⁄3 innings. He led the Big West in called strikeouts with 41 and ranked second in wins (eight) and total strikeouts (95).
Radeke tied the Mustangs’ all-time Division I record for strikeouts in a game with 14 against Valparaiso.
Crocker, a junior outfielder from Aptos High, led Cal Poly with a .339 batting average and had 13 doubles and five home runs. He had two homers in a win over Pacific, a game in which he went 5 for 6.
Teammate pitchers Steven Fischback, Frankie Reed and Jeff Johnson were named to the all-conference second team, while J.J. Thompson and former Cuesta College star Mike Miller were honorable mentions.
Fischback (7-3), a senior, compiled a 3.33 ERA in 92 innings.
Reed (1-3), also a senior, led Cal Poly with 25 appearances on the mound and finished with a 4.86 ERA in 37 innings.
Johnson, a junior, collected five saves and two wins in 18 appearances, finishing with a 1.63 ERA and a .158 opponents’ batting average.
Cal State Fullerton junior infielder Nick Ramirez was named the Big West Player of the Year. Titans teammate Michael Lorenzen, an outfielder, was named the league’s freshman of the year, while the Titans’ manager, Dave Serrano, earned coach-of-the-year distinction.
UC Irvine junior ace Matt Summers was named the Big West Pitcher of the Year.