The Long Beach State (LBSU) men’s golf team captured its second team championship of the year, winning the second annual Folino Invitational at the Industry Hills Golf Club.
LBSU held onto first-place by two strokes over Pepperdine and three shots over tournament host Cal State Fullerton. The 49ers shot a final round 296 to complete the three-day, 54-hole tournament at 15-over 879.
The win gave Mickey Yokoi his first career victory as the 49ers new coach and first in his career as a head men’s coach.
The 49ers were paced by Kevin Lim as he finished in third, just one stroke behind individual medalists Parker Paige of Pepperdine and Tyler Torano of Loyola Marymount. Kim carded a final round 74 to complete the tournament at even 216. This was the first career top-10 finish for the senior from Seoul, Korea, as he collected four birdies and 10 pars for the round.
Junior Raymond Ho fired a 1-under 71 and senior Kevin Roy carded a 74 as both players finished with a 5-over 221 to tie for ninth. This was Ho’s first top-10 finish this season and second overall, while this was Roy’s second this season and seventh in his career.
Freshman Xander Schauffele shot a 77 for a 7-over to finish in 14th, and junior Philip Chian recorded a 78 to tie for 29th at 15-over. Freshman Ben Heisey, playing as an individual, shot an 86 for a 24-over 240, tying for 46th.
“One of our goals is to be in the final grouping, be in contention and win a championship in every tournament that we play in,” Yokoi said. “This was big for us to win early. I want the guys to feel that they can win because they are winners. The course the past three days was a challenge and for them to rise up to that challenge says a lot about them and what they’re capable of doing in the future.”.