April 23, 2014

Guce Named Big West Women's Golf Player of the Year, Hagen Also Honored

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge senior Clariss Guce was named Big West Conference Women's Golf Player of the Year while redshirt freshman Cesilie Hagen was named honorable mention all-conference as postseason awards were handed out Wednesday, Apr. 23.

The Matadors posted a second-place finish at last week's Big West Championship and were rewarded with multiple selections on the all-conference team for the first time since 2010. Guce, who was also a first team selection, is CSUN's second Player of the Year in women's golf and first since Beth Allen in 2004.

"Both of these players have done all the right things to set themselves up for success," said head coach Gina Umeck. "Our philosophy is about doing the work quietly; recognition comes. It's been a while since CSUN has succeeded, but we are learning to win. We are learning that we can and do compete for titles."

Guce, who is a likely candidate for an individual spot in the NCAA West Regional in Ce Elum, Wash. (Tumble Creek at Suncadia Resort), has had a memorable senior season thus far. She tied for first at the Big West Championship and also had three other tournament wins during the 2013-14 season. In all, she had eight top-10 finishes while breaking Allen's CSUN season record with a 73.4 scoring average. She was a second team All-Big West pick in 2013.

"Clariss had very clear goals in mind all year and has adapted her schedule to meet those goals." said Umeck. "If there is such a thing as "two-a-days" in golf, she's practiced to that equivalent, and even shared practice time and courses with UCLA at times. Her drive to be great is where the credit goes. There is a saying 'Hard work beats talent when talent won't work hard,' she's got both. The future is bright for her and we were glad to have her at CSUN."

Hagen finished in a tie for third at the conference championship and earned honorable mention All-Big West honors in her first season at CSUN after transferring from Cal State Monterey Bay. The redshirt freshman from Drammen, Norway, finished the season second to Guce in scoring average at 76.3 and had four top-10 finishes in addition to one top-20 showing.

"Cesilie is a very creative player and she'll make things happen against the odds," added Umeck. "She overcame a lot of adversity here, and we didn't know 100% if she'd be back for spring. She's one of the most resilient players I've seen—that's not only in college, but in all of golf. Cesilie deserves more recognition than she often gets, so I'm glad to see this award and to say that CSUN is very proud to have her."

2014 BIG WEST CONFERENCE
WOMEN'S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Player of the Year
Clariss Guce, CSUN

Freshman of the Year
Martina Edberg, Cal State Fullerton

Coach of the Year
Anna Temple, UC Davis

First Team
Tisha Abrea, Cal State Fullerton
Betty Chen, UC Davis
Martina Edberg, Cal State Fullerton
Clariss Guce, CSUN
Beverly Vatananugulkit, UC Davis
Paige Lee, UC Davis

Second Team
Kaley In, UC Irvine
Shawnee Martinez, Long Beach State
Kassidy Teare, Long Beach State
Savannah Vilaubi, UC Riverside
Taylor Yoshitake, Cal Poly

Honorable Mention
Cesilie Hagen, CSUN
Isabella Leung, Hawai'i
Ronnie Valerio, UC Irvine
Andrea Wong, UC Davis

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