Torano Wins First Collegiate Tournament

Tyler Torano won the Bill Cullum invite.

Oct. 18, 2011

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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Sophomore Tyler Torano posted a final round 69 to finish eight-under par to win a share of the individual championship at the 2011 Bill Cullum Invitational hosted by Cal State Northridge at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, Calif., on Tuesday.

As a team, the Lions finished in a three-way tie for fourth, posting a five-over 869 for the tournament. The Lions posted the third best round on the final round, shooting a 291. The Lions finished tied with Sacramento State and UC Santa Barbara.

Like the individual title, Arizona State and Long Beach State finished tied for the team title at 11-under par (853). Tiebreakers could not be played due to dense fog in the morning that delayed the field more than two hours. Denver finished third with an 866.

Torano shot rounds of 70, 69 and 69 to finish with a three-round total of 208, tying Arizona State's Spencer Fletcher for individual titlist honors. Torano was the most consistent player on the course, leading the field of 86 with 41 pars in the three rounds. He also led the field in par-4 scoring, going four-under on those holes.

He becomes the second Lion to with the Bill Cullum Invitational, matching Brian Locke's 2006 title.

Joining Torano in the top-10 was senior Jake Sarnoff, who finished in a tie for seventh at two-under par. He posted rounds of 73, 70 and 71 to finish with a three-round 214. It his 11th top-10 finish in his career, and the 24th time he has been in the top-20.

Junior Eduardo Chavez finished in a tie for 31st, posting a final round 75 for a total of 222. Bryan Bergna finished with a 225 for a tie at 45th while Boris Stantchev had a 241.

Individually, Kyle Berka finished tied for 55th with a 229. Freshman Tyler Little posted a final round 73 for a total of 236 on the tournament. Spencer Rowley and Andrew Waldron finished with scores of 242 and 256, respectively.

The Lions will head to their final tournament of the fall season on Oct. 27-29 when they play in the Cabo Collegiate hosted by Arkansas and Santa Clara at Querencia Golf Club in Baja California Sur, Mexico.





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