Men's preview: Big West Conference

Men's preview: Big West Conference

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Men's preview: Big West Conference

Oregon had a great fall, one that started with four straight victories, including a dominating season-opening win at the St. Mary’s Invitational.

But the player atop the individual scoreboard at the St. Mary’s wasn’t wearing green and gold. It was Chris Russo of Cal State Northridge, who picked up his first collegiate win in the process.

Russo, a junior from Thousand Oaks, Calif., held off Ducks Rak Cho and Daniel Miernicki for a two-shot win, finishing at 9-under 207 (68-69-70) at Bayonet GC in Seaside, Calif.

“It was pretty great to get that first win,” said Russo, ranked No. 214 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. “I played well, hit it solid and putted well the entire tournament. The course was tough but I didn’t find myself in trouble all that often.”

Russo has been steadily on the rise at CSU-Northridge in his two and a half years there, posting four top 10s. He was the only Matador to play in all 33 rounds in his sophomore season and he’s posted two consecutive top 10s at the Big West Conference Championship.

The rest of the Matadors, however, have some catching up to do.

Jim Bracken’s squad is the lowest-ranked team in the Big West headed into the fall, coming in at No. 209.

Northridge finished last at St. Mary’s, sixth at Cal Poly, last at the Wildcat Invitational and last at the Bill Cullum.

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Top of the class: Long Beach State

Best player this fall: Russell Boring, UC Santa Barbara

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Past champions

2007: UC Irvine

2008: UC Irvine

2009: UC Davis

2010: UC Irvine

2011: UC Davis

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