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Friday, Jul 18 2014 10:29 PM

COLLEGE NOTES: CSUB hires coach for women's golf

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Meghan Thomason, who has been the girls golf coach at Fresno-San Joaquin Memorial High the past three years, has been hired as Cal State Bakersfield's women's golf coach.

Thomason will work with CSUB Director of Golf Greg Osbourne, who continues his role in that job and as the men's head coach.

Thomason, a Fresno native, was a four-time team MVP as a player at San Joaquin Memorial and was her league's MVP her junior and senior seasons.

She was also the Central Valley Conference MVP as a player at Fresno City College before transferring to Chicago State.

After one year there, Thomason returned to Fresno and played on Fresno State's team her senior year.

She earned her bachelor's degree from Fresno State in recreation administration and earned her master's degree in kinesiology-sports administration in 2013.

Thomason was the director of events at River Park Golf Center in Fresno and was the USGA P.J. Boatwright Intern, Rules and Competition, in Pebble Beach in 2013.

"I am very excited to be a part of the CSUB community and the golf program," Thomason said in a news release. "Greg Osbourne has done a fantastic job with the golf program and I am looking forward to helping him grow the program and become competitive within the WAC and NCAA Division I.

"I am here to support Greg and hope to improve our fundraising numbers. We are a self-funded team so everything we do revolves around how much support we can raise."

CSUB concluded its first Western Athletic Conference season by placing eighth out of eight teams at the WAC Championships last spring.

Golfers join CSUB programs

Four women and three men have been recruited to play for Cal State Bakersfield's golf teams starting this fall.

Centennial High graduate Amy Cooper, Nebraska native Tori Peers, JC transfer and San Francisco native Shannon Wong and Ariel Lee from Singapore are the new women's players.

Signing letters of intent for the men's team are incoming freshmen Austin Biletsky from Alberta, Canada; Nathan Green from Green River, Wyoming; and Tristan Stone from Riverside.

Cooper was Centennial's golf MVP three times and has lowered her average score each of the last three seasons.

Peers, from Grand Island, Neb., was a top-10 finisher in Nebraska's high school state tournament each of the last three seasons. Her team was the Nebraska state champion in 2013.

Wong, from Canada College in Redwood City near San Francisco, helped her team win the NorCal Regional team championship the last two years.

Lee, an incoming freshman, graduated from Methodist Girls School in Singapore in 2012 and led her team to a championship her senior season.

Biletsky was the Alberta province's top high school player as a junior and senior and named his high school's outstanding athlete three of his four years.

Green concluded his high school career by becoming the state of Wyoming's 4A individual champion. He was a three-time all-state and West All-Conference selection.

Stone averaged 72 strokes per round in his high school career and has qualified for next week's Future Champions of Golf World Championship tournament.

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