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CSUN Captures Cullum Invitational Title; Thomassen Ties for Second

09 Dec 2021 | 04:51 | Golf

VALENCIA, Calif. – The CSUN Men’s Golf team led from the start to finish and captured the 2021 Bill Cullum Invitational title Tuesday afternoon at The Oaks Club at Valencia. The Matadors posted a final round 297 to win the team championship by 12 strokes over Utah Valley. Individually, sophomore Eirik Thomassen posted his career-best finish, tying for second at even-par 216.

CSUN (876), which opened Tuesday’s final round with a six-shot lead over Utah State, extended the margin to 12 with a final round 297. The team win for the Matadors is their first since winning the Wyoming Cowboy Classic at Talking Stick GC in April, 2010. CSUN also won its own Cullum Invitational for just the second time after capturing the team title in 2008 at Wood Ranch GC in Simi Valley.Thomassen_Eirik_21
Eirik Thomassen tied for
second at the Cullum

Utah Valley (888) fired a final round 291 to move up from fourth to a second place finish while Cal State Fullerton (889), Weber State (891), UC San Diego (898) and Utah State (898) rounded out the top-five in the 12-team field.

Thomassen, who opened the day in fifth place at even-par 144, had three birdies and 13 pars on his way to a final round of even-par 72. In posting his first top-five finish, Thomassen finished 54 holes at even-par 216, just three shots behind individual medalist Brian Arnold of UC Santa Barbara (213).

Paul-Louis Gachet, who had three birdies and 11 pars on Tuesday, also finished in the top-10 for the first time in his career, tying for eighth at four-over 220 following rounds of 68-78-74.

CSUN SCORES
Also for the Matadors, freshman Nick Fowlkes posted his second top-20 finish in his first three collegiate tournaments tying for 12th at five-over 221. Fowlkes followed up rounds of 73-72 on Monday with a four-over 76 on Tuesday.
A trio of Matadors finished in a tie for 21st at nine-over 225. Felix Schrott followed up rounds of 74-75 on Monday with a final round four-over 76 while Brandon McDonough and Thomas Burou each competed as individuals. McDonough had his best round of the tournament Tuesday with a final round one-over 73 while Burou closed with a four-over 76.
Blake Brothers rounded out the CSUN lineup, tying for 25th at (+10) 226 following rounds of 78-73-75.
Also competing as an individual, Ian MacKay posted his best round of the tournament with a final round five-over 77 to finish 50th at (+18) 234.

COACH JIM BRACKEN SAID
“We’ve steadily improved our results this fall and we took advantage of our home course this week and it was obviously a confidence builder for all the guys. Pacific will be a good field and I think the guys will bring some confidence after this win.”

CSUN will next play at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational at Stockton Country Club on Oct. 21-23