Ties to LMU Deep in Upcoming Long Beach Golf Festival
The 87th Annual Match Play Championship to feature five former, current and future Lions.
June 6, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The 2012 Long Beach Golf Festival will have a strong LMU tie as five former, current and future Lions will play in the Festival's 87th Annual Match Play Championship June 9-10 and June 15-17.
Qualifying was held on June 2-3 with the top-64 advancing to the Championships starting on Saturday. Incoming freshmen Connor Campbell and Chase Nicolai, both of whom will join the Lions this fall, finished the qualifying tied for 14th and tied for 20th, respectively.
Campbell posted round of 71 for a two-under 142 while Nicolai shot rounds of 70 and 73 to finish with a one-under 143.
One stroke behind was senior Bryan Bergna, who shot rounds of 74 and 70 for an even-par 144 to finish tied for 26th.
Also posting a 144 was Blake Nicolai, member of the Lions' program through his graduation in 2010. He shot two rounds of 72.
Rounding out the Lions to qualify was senior Boris Stantchev, who finished in a tie for 50th with a two-round 148.
Match play begins on Saturday, June 9th at Recreation Park Golf Course in Long Beach. Blake Nicolai is in the top bracket as the 32nd-seed and faces eerd seed Ryann Ree at 7 a.m. Campbell is also in the top bracket and will start at 7 a.m., as the 17th seed, facing 48th seed Lawrence Ree. Rounding out the top bracket is Chase Nicolai, seeded 24th. He will face 41st-seed Chris Franchina at 7:20 a.m.
The lower bracket features 26th-seed Bergna taking on 39th seed Jim Ream at 7:50 a.m., while 54th seed Stantchev faces 11th seed Kethan Reddy at 9:30 a.m.
The Long Beach Golf Festival is an annual series of golf tournaments presented by the City of Long Beach and American Golf Corporation. They include tournaments for amateurs, professionals, men, women, and juniors. There are both stroke- and match-play events.
The culmination of the LBGF is the $160,000 Long Beach Open. This four-day tournament annually includes many of the top young professionals among its 312-player field. Several past winners have gone on to success on the PGA Tour, including Paul Goydos, Scott McCarren, Dennis Paulson, and Bob Burns.
In addition, senior Eduardo Chavez qualified for the Florida State Amateur to be held June 21-24 at The Bear's Club in Jupiter Florida.