Eric Ash, a senior at Sonoma State University and member of the men’s golf team was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 8 through the 14.
Ash received the honors for his performance in this year’s Sonoma State Fall Invitational at Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park. Ash shot a tournament-low 69 in the third and final round, finishing with a 2-under, 214 total. Throughout the week, he rolled in 15 birdies and one eagle on his way to a victory. His play was great enough to get both an individual win and help secure the title for the Seawolves as a team.
This was the second tournament title of Ash’s college career. His first win was in 2013 at the CSU Bakersfield Spring Invitational.
In 2013, Ash added some notable achievements to his golf résumé. He started off with a third place finish in NCAA Division II Regionals up in Washington. With this qualification, he went on to represent Sonoma State at the NCAA Division II Championships in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
“Favorite golf accomplishment was going to Nationals as an individual my sophomore year,” said Ash. “[It] was a really good experience for me and I still look back on it as one of the best experiences of my golf career.”
Just weeks after competing in the championships, he finished second with a 2-under 70 in a local qualifying event, earning a berth to play in a U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Tournament, which is just one step away from the U.S. Open, one of the biggest tournaments in golf.
In this upcoming season, Ash will be one of only two seniors on the team, which puts him in position to be a leader of the team because of his experience.
“This season should be one of the best ones yet because I feel we have the strongest team this year and have a really good chance of winning nationals,” said Ash. “We just need to all understand what we each need to do to help the team win each tourney.”
The team will travel to Waikaloa, Hawaii to compete in their next tournament, the Dennis Rose Invitational, on Friday and Saturday.
As part of the golf team, Ash has had the opportunity to play at several courses across a handful of states, such as Oregon, Washington, Texas, Hawaii and Pennsylvania. Of the courses he’s played, his favorites are Spyglass Hill in Monterey, and since playing in college, another favorite of his is Crosswater in Oregon.
Ash shot his personal best round of 66 at Foxtail Golf Club and Peacock Gap Golf Club during his freshman year of college.
“If I could play a casual round with anybody it would have to be with my dad because I don’t get to play many rounds with him anymore,” said Ash.
If Ash doesn’t pursue a professional golf career after college, he plans on becoming a golf representative for a company. Right now, he plays Titleist AP2 irons, Titleist Vokey wedges and Titleist Pro V1x golf balls. His favorite golf movie is Happy Gilmore.
What’s the best piece of golf advice he’s ever received? A golf tournament can’t be won with one good hole, but it can always be lost a with just one bad round.