Long Beach State (LBSU) golfer Philip Chian made the short drive up the 405 freeway to Pacific Palisades earlier this year to compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship at Riviera Country Club.
One of six players competing as individuals, Chian was the first 49er ever to advance to the NCAA Championship golf tournament as an individual since the regional format was introduced.
To get to the NCAA Championship, Chian shot an even-par 71 in the final round of the NCAA Athens Regional and tied for fourth place, recording a 54-hole score of 3-under-par 210. He finished as the top individual scorer on a non-qualifying team, earning the regional’s lone individual berth to the NCAA finals.
Chian’s performance in the Athens Regional was his best career finish as he clipped his previous best that took place at the Big West Conference Championship at the La Quinta Resort Mountain Course, where he tied for sixth. His regional finish is also his third top-10 this season and fifth overall.