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Golf team hopes to recreate championship from 50 years ago

Chico State men's golf team winning its first ever NCAA Division II men's championship. Photo credit: T.L. Brown

Jason Spies

March 10, 2016

Fifty years ago the Chico State men’s golf team won the NCAA championship. This year, the men’s team looks eerily similar to the team that won it back in 1966. One of the best ways to celebrate that amazing victory would be to win a championship this year on the anniversary, and that is exactly...

The difficulty of making it pro

Head coach T.L. Brown talking strategy out on the golf course. Photo credit: T.L. Brown

Gabriella Bermudez

March 7, 2016

Anyone who ever played sports as a child has dreamed about it. Taking the field in the World Cup, hitting the court wearing the jersey you idolized as a kid or hearing the crack of the bat as you get your first hit in the major leagues. Thousands of children dream of turning their after-school hobby...

Golf teams prepare for second half of season

Two-time All-American senior Alistair Docherty tees off for the Wildcats. Photo credit: T.L. Brown

Jason Spies

February 24, 2016

Men’s Golf The Chico State men’s golf team is in a very nice position heading into the second half of the season. After finishing the first half of their season with two first-place finishes and two second-place finishes, the Wildcats are now ranked first in the nation. Chico State men’s head golf ...

Gearhart gears up for success

Lee Gearhart, senior men's golfer, looks to lead his team this season and add CCAA Championship to his list of accomplishments. Photo credit: Sam Barker

Kenta Mcafee

September 28, 2015

As only the fifth Wildcat to win at least three All-CCAA accolades, including CCAA Player of the Year two years running, Lee Gearhart is one of the premier golfers in the U.S. circuit. Gearhart, now a senior, came to Chico as a true first-year after graduating from Woodcreek High School in Roseville, Cali...

Wildcat golfers drive toward glory in upcoming championship

Junior golfer Lee Gearhart competes in a tournament last year. The Wildcat men's golf team is currently ranked No. 5 in the nation. Orion file photo

Matthew Vislosky

April 19, 2015

Ranked fifth in the nation — check. Second in the west region — check. Seventeen straight top-five finishes — check. Since the 2009-2010 season, the Wildcats have produced top-five finishes in 59 of 69 tournaments, and head coach T.L. Brown credits recruiting as one of the keys to ...

Wildcats share favorite spots to tee off

Chico State golfer Lee Gearhart takes a swing during a tournament in spring of 2014. Orion file photo.

Matthew Vislosky

March 1, 2015

Whether it's viewing spectacular mountains, watching the waves crash into the rocks at Pebble Beach or playing at historical golf courses in Scotland, one thing is certain — golf is a beautiful game. As opposed to other sports that are played in hot and humid arenas, golf tournaments are held o...

Wildcats sign high-profile golfer

Chico State men's golf team recruit Matt Hutchins takes a swing during a tournament. Hutchins comes from Massachusetts and was twice named for All-Scholastics teams by the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald.  Photo courtesy of Matt Hutchins.

Julie Ortega

February 19, 2015

Coming from the East Coast, high school senior Matt Hutchins has signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Chico State men’s golf team for fall of 2015. “I’m looking forward to playing golf with the team and getting to know them as well as other people at Chico,” Hutchi...

Wildcat athletic squads nab new recruits

New men's golf recruit Matt Hutchins finishes his swing. Photo courtesy of Matt Hutchins.

Nick Reddy

December 1, 2014

National Signing Day was Nov. 12 for many high school and junior college student-athletes around the country. The Wildcats made the most of the occasion. Future NCAA participants signed their letters of intent to compete at the next level of competition. Chico State athletic programs brought in fresh...

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Lee Gearhart

Chico State men's golfer Lee Gearhart in a match earlier this season. Photo credit: John Domogma

Samuel Wolfson

November 12, 2014

Lee Gearhart has been hitting golfballs since the age of 12, though he was much more interested in playing baseball, basketball and football at that age. Gearhart said his dad inspired him to pursue golf, which has led him to win three tournaments, one of which Senator John McCain congratulated him for, and an A...

Golf alumnus swinging toward tour

Kevin Lucena

September 29, 2014

Kyle Souza looked 489 yards ahead from the tee box at the Northern California Open Championship. Already having posted three 18-hole rounds in the 60s, the Chico State alumnus stood on the tee 20-under-par, tied for the lead of the professional title with UC Davis alumnus Matt Hansen. ...

Golf coach leads team to legacy

Chico State head golf coach TL Brown. Photo courtesy of Chico Wildcats

Kevin Lucena

September 1, 2014

Players, former players, assistant coaches and people who work at the golf courses where the team plays has included the same word about T.L. Brown, the head men's golf coach: professional.“From the day he got here, he handled himself in such a professional manner with how he treats and what he ex...

Men’s golf season starts strong

Sophomore golfer Lee Gearhart clips the green during a swing. Photo credit: Emily Teague

Lee Masten

March 10, 2014

  The Wildcat men’s golf team kicked off the 2014 season with a strong come-from-behind win at the Cal State San Bernardino Coyote Classic tournament during the last weekend of February.   The 'Cats were behind on the final day of the tournament, but they were able to come back and win the tournament with a strong perfor...

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