SCIAC Golf Championships Set for Monday
The University of La Verne will serve as host to the 2011 SCIAC Golf Championships, held Monday, April 25 at Diamond Valley Golf Club in Hemet.
This year’s SCIAC 36 Championship features four teams among the Top 20 in the national rankings. The Leopards are #6 in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Top 25 Poll. Redlands is ranked #10, with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (#15) and Cal Lutheran (#20) also in the poll.
The first 18 holes of Monday’s championship will commence at 7:00 am with the second round of 18 set to begin at approximately 12:30 pm.
Winners of the last four conference titles, La Verne captured three of the five SCIAC tournaments this season and sits atop the conference standings with 30 points heading into Monday's finale.
Redlands stands a close second in the SCIAC standings with 28.5 points and looks to halt the Leopards' streak of four consecutive conference crowns. The Bulldogs claimed victory at the SCIAC #4 on April 5. CMS, which took first place at the SCIAC #2 on Feb. 20, resides in third place with 24.5 points followed by Cal Lutheran with 24.
Among the talented group of competitors include CMS standout Tain Lee, who earned the 2010 Jack Nicklaus Award as the nation’s top golfer in Division III. Lee also placed first at the 2010 NCAA Championships. Other golfers to watch include La Verne’s Eric Bunge and Andrew Roque along with Alex Hedlund from Redlands. Both Bunge and Hedlund earned All-West Region honors a year ago.
The SCIAC overall team champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, held May 11-13 in Greensboro, N.C.
SCIAC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL: http://www.leopardathletics.com/sports/mgolf/2010-11/releases/20110421eeqx7q