BY ROBERT GAUTNEY Contributing golf columnist firstname.lastname@example.org
The college golf season has started and our local teams are in full swing for the spring 2013 season. Here is a quick look at how the CSUB and Bakersfield College men's teams have opened their respective seasons.
At BC, the Renegades have competed in two tournaments, the latest being the Western State Conference mini--tournament in Santa Clarita at the tough Valencia Country Club.
Neil Bautista led the 'Gades with a 4-over 76 in windy conditions and tied for fourth place as BC finished fifth as a team. Travis Millwee was next for BC with a 77. BC's team score was 401 (80.2 average) and they were 25 strokes behind College of the Canyons, one of the state's powerhouse teams.
Last week, BC played host to the Double-Eagle Invitational at Bakersfield and Seven Oaks country clubs and finished fourth.
The next event for the Renegades will be this Monday in Solvang at the Alisal Ranch Course.
CSUB opened its 2013 season this week in St. George, Utah, with a 13th place finish among 14 teams with a score of 616 (77.0 average) for 36 holes.
Patrick Bell led the 'Runners with a 149 total (75-74) and was 21st individually. Chase Goodvin was next with a 152 (T41), then Matt Hammons at 158 (T73) and Daniel Richardson 159 (T76).
CSUB Coach Dave Barber said the conditions were cold and wet. CSUB will compete next in the Cal State Fullerton Folino Invitational, a 3-day event at Industry Hills GC that begins Sunday.
Shain adjusting at Santa Clara
Former Frontier High star Meghan Shain is adjusting to the longer courses at the collegiate level at the Santa Clara freshman begins the spring season.
Shain competed in all five tournaments for the Lady-Broncos during the fall season and was the only player to have their score counted towards the team score in every round. Five players compete with the top four scores counting for the team.
Shain had one top-20 finish and averaged 80 for the five events. She missed Santa Clara's first spring event this past week as she was recovering from a mild knee problem, but she will be in the line-up this week.
Her Father Mike reports that the courses at 6,200 to 6,400 yards are a bit longer than the yardage length in high school and junior events, but Meghan started to adjust at the end of the fall season.
Snedeker's hot streak
If it wasn't for Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, Brant Snedeker just might have three wins already on the PGA Tour this year.
As it is, Snedeker's win last week at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am came on the heels of runner-up finishes to Woods at Torrey Pines and Mickelson in Phoenix. He also had a third in the season opening Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
Snedeker has moved to No.4 in the World Rankings, but he isn't competing this week in LA or next week in the Accenture World Match-Play due to some sore ribs that first surfaced in San Diego.
Cantlay making the most of it
Patrick Cantlay is making the most of his sponsor exemptions on the PGA Tour this year.
Cantlay, who finished five shots behind our local star Bhavik Patel in the Final Stage Qualifying for the PGA Tour last fall, has parlayed four tournament exemptions into a nice start for 2013.
Cantlay, the former No.1-ranked amateur in the world prior to turning pro last year, missed the cut at both the Humana Challenge in La Quinta and at the Farmer's Insurance Open in San Diego, but last week he finished equal 9th at the Pebble Beach National pro-Am and earned $175,500!
This week he is playing in the Nissan Open at Riviera CC. Cantlay can bring some momentum into the Web.com Tour, which starts this coming week in South America, as he is not eligible to compete in the Accenture Match-Play or the Honda Classic the following week unless he should win this week in LA.
-- Rocco Mediate became the 16th player in Senior PGA Tour history to win in his Champions Tour debut when he won the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla. Mediate birdied the 18th hole and won by a stroke over Tom Pernice, Jr.
-- Bhavik Patel will be competing in the first event of the 2013 Web.com Tour next week (Feb. 21-24) in the Panama Claro Championship in Panama City. Check out the Bakersfield Californian each day for an update on Patel's play.
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