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Warriors co-champions at home tournament
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Cal State San Bernardino golfer Gene Webster, Jr. shattered the tournament record with a blazing performance on Tuesday as he lifted his Coyotes to a furious rally that resulted in a first-place tie with Cal State Stanislaus at the 37th annual Hanny Stanislaus Invitational at the Turlock Golf and Country Club.
Led by sophomore Brandon Taylor's fourth place, two-under par 214 score, the Warriors carded a 289 to finish with a 871 total to earn Stanislaus’ 25th tournament title, and 13th of the last 15 years. The 10th-ranked Warriors have now won three straight events with four wins in six tournaments this spring.
But this year, Stanislaus will have to share the win with Cal State San Bernardino. The Coyotes were led by Webster, who closed out his day with a tournament single-round record of 63, finishing at 18-under 198. He beat the previous mark by 10 strokes that was held by two-time national player of the year Jarin Todd of Sonoma State (208 set in 2008).
Webster was also helped by teammate Joe Alldis' score of 69 to finish at one-under 215 as the Coyotes rallied from nine shots back of leader Stanislaus after two rounds to tie. Ryan Indovina (-6, 210) and Cavin McCall (-5, 211), both of Cal State Dominguez Hills, finished second and third, respectively.
Both Cal State Stanislaus and Cal State San Bernardino finished five shots ahead of Grand Canyon (876). No. 4 Chico State (877) was fourth, followed by No. 22 Cal State Monterey Bay (881) and No. 20 Sonoma State (883).
Also with an under par round on Tuesday was Cal State Stanislaus’ Trevor Blair, whose one-under 71 gave him a 220 finish, good for 14th place. Teammate Teddy Schrier carded an even par to end up at two-over 218. J.T. Cockerill tallied a 221 to finish tied for 19th to give the Warriors four players in the top 20 on their home course. Joseph Stewart rounded out the Stanislaus scoring with a 232 total.
For Taylor, it was his third top five finish this season.
In the final round, Webster, a CCAA player of the year candidate, had eight birdies, including six straight from the No. 13-18 and an eagle on No. 2. He bogeyed the 11th for his solid score. Webster had scores of 68-67 on Monday. Tuesday's round of 63 is also just two shots shy of the course record, set in 2008 by former Warrior Ryan Thornberry.
Cal State Stanislaus, and the rest of the California Collegiate Athletic Association teams, will meet again on Sunday at the CCAA Men's Golf Championships at the Hunter Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles. The Warriors won the conference championship there in 2007 and finished tied for second a year ago.