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March 7, 2017 > Golf team wins Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout

Golf team wins Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout

Submitted By Steve Connolly

The Cal State East Bay (CSUEB) menÕs golf team captured the team championship at its home tournament, the Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout, for the first time since 2011-12. The Pioneers shot even-par 284 in TuesdayÕs final round at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club to win the 54-hole event by 13 strokes.

East Bay, which entered the week ranked No. 24 in the nation according to Golfstat, was the only school in the 10-team field to finish under par, due in part to damp conditions following several days of heavy rain. CSUEB posted an overall total of 845 (-7). Sonoma State, the three-time defending champion at this tournament, placed second at 858 (+6), followed by No. 8 ranked Cal State Monterey Bay in third place at 875 (+23).

It was a truly remarkable week for the Pioneers, who claimed their first tournament victory of the season. They finished with the top three individuals in the field of 66 golfers, as well as six of the top 17.

Senior Owen Hutchison was the individual medalist this week, carding 72 (+1) in SaturdayÕs final round to finish with a total score of 208 (-5). For Hutchison, itÕs his first career tournament title and his lowest 54-hole score as a Pioneer. He finished second among all players in the field with 15 total birdies. He has now shot under par in both tournaments to start the spring season.

Senior Adam Stone finished two strokes behind his teammate to notch runner-up honors. He shot even-par 71 to give him a three-round total of 210 (-3). Stone did this week what he does as well as just about any golfer in the nationÑmake pars. He tallied 14 in his round Saturday and led all players in the field with 43 pars for the tournament.

Fellow senior Chad Hall completed the CSUEB trifecta atop the leaderboard by firing the teamÕs low round of the day with a 69 (-2). It was his second straight round in the 60s, and gave him an overall total of 211 (-2).

Freshman Chris Carney contributed the fourth card to East BayÕs team total with a 72 (+1) in the final round. It was an impressively consistent week for the rookie on a tough course, as he finished in a tie for eighth place individually at 217 (+4).

Sophomore Jonathan Mulvany carded 75 (+4) on Tuesday and notched a top-20 finish, taking 13th place with a total of 220 (+7).

The Pioneers entered five individuals in their home event in addition to their five-player team, giving them 10 golfers competing this week. Every one of them played well, with no one on the team shooting worse than 78 in any round this week.

Freshman Max Murai shot his second straight 75 (+4) on Tuesday to finish as CSUEBÕs top individual at 221 (+8). The left-hander earned a share of 14th place overall.

The other four Pioneer individuals all finished within four strokes of each other. Joel Keylor shot 78 (+7) and Barrett Taylor carded 76 (+5), giving both seniors a total of 227 (+14) and a share of 27th place.

Grayson Sorci was just one stroke behind that duo at 228 (+15) after turning in a 76 (+5) in the final round. Raja Deal rounded out CSUEBÕs day with a 78 (+7) to finish tied for 37th place at 231 (+17).

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