2012 Matador Golf Classic a Success for CSUN Athletics

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. - The 2012 Matador Golf Classic is in the books and a good time was had by all at Woodland Hills Country Club Monday afternoon.

With several Cal State Northridge head coaches joining foursomes of Matador alumni and boosters, the tournament kicked off with a light breakfast at 9 a.m. with teams teeing off around 10 a.m.

After players were given the go-ahead, teams headed out to their respective holes for the shotgun start. After more than five hours on the links, teams reconvened in the Woodland Hills C.C. clubhouse for hors d'oeuvres, raffle, awards and a silent auction benefitting Matador Athletics.

When the final scores were tabulated, honors for first-place gross went to the team of John Tronson, Ken Dapello, Andy Torres and Thor Lee. The foursome had a team score of 55 and won the back-nine tiebreaker. Tronson, a former Matador soccer player, is a 2012 inductee into the Cal State Northridge Athletics Hall of Fame.

Second-place gross, after also posting a team score of 55, went to the team of Jacob O’Keefe, Patrick O’Keefe, Bill Erickson, John Eric and Jeff Knowles.

Rusty Swisher won one of three closest to the pin contests as he won on No. 6 by coming within 10 inches of the cup. Mike Boswell won on No. 7 coming within two feet two inches and Andy Torres won on No. 15 by getting within four feet three inches.

The 10th hole was the long drive hole and Mike Brown won the men’s longest drive while Debbie Davila won the award for the women’s longest drive.

Matty the Matador was on hand to hit a few drives as well as pose with foursomes as they went off the first tee.

"We would like to thank Airtel Plaza Hotel, Anheuser Busch, Claim Jumper, Los Toros Mexican Restaurant, Nathan Matthews CNM-LLP and Catalina by Design for their sponsorships of today’s Matador Golf Classic,” said Associate Athletic Director and Tournament Director Tom Ford. “We would also like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the Matador head coaches who joined us this afternoon and made this a successful event for all."