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Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics

Bulldogs Close Out Fall Schedule At Bill Cullum Invitational

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 10/21/2012
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ON TAP: The Gonzaga University men's golf team closes out its fall portion of its schedule when it participates in the Bill Cullum Invitational, hosted by Cal State Northridge Oct. 22-23. The 17th-annual event will take place at the Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, Calif.

BILL CULLUM INVITATIONAL: The Bill Cullum Invitational will take place at the Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, Calif. The course layout is a 6,819-yard, par-72 configuration.

THE CULLUM LEGACY: Bill Cullum coached the Cal State Northridge Matador men's golf team from 1965-1986 and won three NCAA Division II golf championships and finished second twice. He was named NCAA College-Division Coach of the Year in 1969 and District Eight Coach of the Year in 1970 and 1971. Cullum was inducted to the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame in 1989. He passed away on July 12, 2003.

THE FORMAT: The Bill Cullum Invitational will consist of 54 holes of play: 36 holes played on Monday and 18 holes played on Tuesday.

THE BILL CULLUM INVITATIONAL FIELD: Arizona State University, Boise State University, Cal State Bakersfield, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Gonzaga University, University of Hawai'i, Long Beach State University, Loyola Marymount University, Sacramento State University, University of San Diego, Seattle University, Southern Utah University, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Utah State University, Washington State University, Weber State University, Cal State Northridge.  

GONZAGA LINEUP:

1. Sean Walsh

Itani Quality Homes Collegiate: 14th, 226 (82-72-72)

Kikkor Husky Invitational: T54th, 233 (79-75-79)

Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational: T10th, 212 (69-69-74)

Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic: T28th, 222 (76-70-76)

2. Travis Johnsen

Itani Quality Homes Collegiate: T15th, 227 (75-78-74)

Kikkor Husky Invitational: T18th, 222 (78-75-69)

Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational: T41st, 219 (77-71-71)

Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic: T46th, 228 (77-74-77)

3. James Fahy

Itani Quality Homes Collegiate: T15th, 227 (75-77-75)

Kikkor Husky Invitational: 59th, 235 (76-80-79)

Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational: T20th, 214 (73-69-72)

Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic: T51st, 229 (75-75-79)

4. Peter Gullickson

Itani Quality Homes Collegiate: T46th, 234 (80, 81, 73)

Kikkor Husky Invitational: 63rd, 237 (85-77-75)

Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational: T69th, 227 (77-77-72)

Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic: T36th, 223 (74-74-75)

5. Erik Krzyzanowski

Itani Quality Homes Collegiate: T56th, 241 (86-79-76)

Kikkor Husky Invitational: 32nd, 242 (84-79-79)*

Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational: T35th, 218 (74-72-72)*

*Played as an individual

GONZAGA HEAD COACH ROBERT GRAY'S THOUGHTS ON THE UPCOMING TOURNAMENT: "Heading into our final event of the fall, our goal is to put three solid rounds together and really improve on our 4th score. If we take care of those things we should have a good finish to the fall season. 

"We haven't been to Wood Ranch for a few years but I have been to the course quite a bit over the years and know the course pretty well. Peter [Gullickson] also played there a number of times this summer, as he lives very close to the course.

"Wood Ranch is a great course and requires the player to be very smart about how they go around the course. The wind can also get pretty strong through that valley, altering the strategy quite a bit. 

"It's our biggest field of the fall with 20 teams. Monday's 36 holes will be a long day so we need to be very patient and stay focused, especially on the final 9 holes."

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