CMS will host the 2017 Men's and Women's Golf Conference Championship April 23-25 at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino Hills, Calif. The women will play the North Course while the men tackle the South Course. Play begins on both Sunday and Monday at 10 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
After the first two SCIAC Tournaments, La Verne's men team has an eight-stroke lead over CMS with a total of 1184 (591/593). Redlands is within striking distance in third with a 1204 (607/597). Pomona-Pitzer (1210), Chapman (1211), Occidental (1222), Cal Lutheran (1224) and Whittier (1239) all will make it a tight race over the final three days of competition. CMS, the defending SCIAC Champion, is ranked fourth in the West Region and La Verne is just behind in fifth.
La Verne had three golfers place in the top 10 in the last conference meet at Oak Quarry Golf Club in Anaheim, Calif., April 8-9 to win the team title with a two round score of 593 (+17). CMS won the first SCIAC Tournament at Brookside Golf Club Feb. 18-19, led by Matt Shuman in third (E, 144). Aaron DiGiamarino for La Verne, who won the first SCIAC Tournament with a -3, 141, shot a 147, +3 and tied for fourth in the second tournament. Teammates Alec Spencer and Austin Matzaganian tied for sixth (148, +4) in the last tournament.
Redlands’ Dylan Merchant won the second SCIAC Tournament by one stroke over Bryan Wise from Chapman, shooting a 144 (74/70). Conor Rooney was the top finisher for Pomona-Pitzer in the last meeting shooting a 149 (+5). In the first tournament, Owen Rosebeck led Pomona-Pitzer placing fourth with a +1, 145.
Behind Wise for Chapman, Dallas Haun placed 14th (152, +8) and Griffin Tso finished 15th (153, +9) in the second meeting. Wise tied for fifth on the first weekend with a 147 (=3). Occidental’s Dylan Jirsa was third on April 9 just two stroke behind Merchant shooting a 146 (+2) and second in the first tournament at -2 (142). Cal Lutheran finished third last year and has eight SCIAC Championships with the last coming in 2001. In a tie for 10th place, Zane Jarrett led Cal Lutheran with a 151 (+7) in the April tournament. Whittier was led by Nicholas Medeiros (+3, 147) in the first tournament and Tyler Bliss shooting a +9 (153) in the last conference match.
On the women’s side, Redlands is ranked fourth in the West Region and CMS is fifth, respectively. CMS is in the lead going into the Championships with a total of 1271 (644/627). Redlands is second (1282), followed by Pomona-Pitzer (1310), Cal Lutheran (1336), Whittier (1340) and Chapman (1461). Occidental and La Verne have also competed this season but do not have complete team scores.
Redlands is the defending SCIAC Champion defeating CMS by 20 strokes in 2016. This is Chapman’s first season fielding a women’s golf team. CMS dominated the first SCIAC Tournament in San Dimas, Calif., at San Dimas Golf Course on Feb. 25-26 with a two-day total of 649.
Five CMS golfers finished in the top seven in the tournament. Margaret Loncki won by 10 strokes shooting a +9, 153. Eunice Song placed third (164) followed by Taylor Hughes in fourth (165), Emma Kang in sixth (166) and Kelley Ransom tied for seventh (168).
Kang was the top finisher for CMS in the second match placing third (152). Redlands won the second SCIAC Tournament for 20 strokes with a 612 at South Hills Golf Course in West Covina, Calif., on April 8-9. Redlands’ Caroline Ordian won the second match with a 145 (+3) and took second in the first match shooting a 163. Kari Gordon finished second in the second match with a 151. Pomona-Pitzer’s Sophia Hui was fourth in the last match (153). In the first tournament, Valerie Wang tied for 10th shooting a 169.