The 2018 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Men's and Women's Golf Championships are set to take place Sunday-Tuesday, April 22-24 and will be hosted by Chapman at Los Serranos Golf Club in Chino Hills, Calif.
Tee times for the three-round championship are 10 a.m. on Sunday, 9:00 a.m. on Monday, and 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, with the men playing the South Course, and the women competing on the North Course. The SCIAC champion is crowned after seven rounds of competition during the season as the league squads meet twice during the regular season playing two rounds at each meet, and finishing with the three-round championship.
On the men's side, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) and La Verne each collected rounds of 580 during the SCIAC No. 1 tournament, with the Stags edging the Leopards, 585-593 during SCIAC No. 2 to hold an eight-stroke advantage heading into this weekend's championship. Redlands (581-601-1182) and Cal Lutheran (584-605-1185) are right on pace in third and fourth respectively, while Chapman is sitting in fifth after SCIAC regular season rounds of 588 and 609 (1197). Pomona-Pitzer (598-612-1210) and Occidental (599-614-1213) are in sixth and seventh, while Whittier is in eighth (610-634-1244).
During SCIAC No. 1, La Verne's Hisham Hussein secured individual medalist honors after shooting a combined 135 with rounds of 68 and 67 and help the Leopards secure a tie with CMS after 36 holes. The Stags' Mason Chiu, Cal Lutheran's Tyler Ferrier, and Redlands' Cade Lawson each tied for second overall with two-day totals of 142. The Bulldogs and Kingsmen also tied for fifth as Diego Cortes and Ryan Kyaw carded scores of 144 each, while Avery Keating of Chapman, and Alex Wrenn of CMS tied for seventh with marks of 145. Tying for ninth place overall were the Stags' Ken Kong and Pomona-Pitzer's Sam Sawyers who each registered scores of 146.
La Verne sealed individual medalist honors once again during SCIAC No. 2 as Pitiluk Phanomchai shot a 71 on day one and followed with a 73 on day two to finish with a 144 over the two rounds. Pomona-Pitzer's Conor Rooney and CMS's Johnny Brandt were just one stroke behind with combined scores of 145, while the Leopards' Hussein and Conner Davis placed fourth and fifth with respective totals of 147 and 148. The Stags' Austin Long (149) placed sixth, while teammate Matt Shuman, and Cal Lutheran's Kyaw tied for seventh with marks of 150. The Sagehens' Thomas Verigin, Redlands' George Galanis, Chapman's Sian Rogers, and CMS's Kong each tied for ninth with two-day scores of 151.
CMS, the two-time defending SCIAC champions, won last year's SCIAC crown after trailing by fourth strokes entering the final day of action. The Stags rallied to shoot a sensational 281 to clinch the title with an overall score of 2063 - 10 strokes ahead of second place La Verne which shot 2073. Redlands finished the 2017 conference championship third overall, but second over the three championship rounds.
On the women's side, CMS has jumped out to a 36 stroke advantage after shooting rounds of 619 and 609 at SCIAC No. 1 and SCIAC No. 2. Pomona-Pitzer is in second place with a collective score of 1264 after carding rounds of 637 and 627. Cal Lutheran and Chapman are in close proximity for third and fourth as the Regals currently have a score of 1317 while the Panthers sit at 1319. Following in fifth is Whittier (1324), while Redlands is in sixth with an overall score of 1342. Occidental rounds out the field with a mark of 1366. La Verne did not register a team score in either SCIAC regular season tournaments.
Individually, the Athenas' Margaret Loncki paced the field during SCIAC No. 1 with a 36-hole score of 151, highlighted by a round of 75 on day two. Caroline Ordian of Redlands finished second, while Cal Lutheran's Marissa McCardell placed third with combined scores of 154 and 155 respectively. Emma Kang of CMS finished fourth (157), while teammates Mira Yoo and Taylor Hughes, and Pomona-Pitzer's Gabrielle Herzig tied for fifth with scores of 158. A pair of Sagehens tied for eighth as Andi Chaloult and Priscilla Ki collected scores of 159. Occidental's Samantha Rocha, Chapman's Emily Lewis, Whittier's Kajal Vitha, and Emily Attiyeh of CMS rounded out the top 10 with marks of 160.
During SCIAC No. 2, the Bulldogs' Ordian led the field with a two-day score of 149, fueled by a 71 on day two, while CMS's Loncki and Yoo each carded scores of 151 to tie for second overall. Pomona-Pitzer's Herzig and the Athenas' Kang tied for fourth (152), while the Regals' McCardell and the Panthers' Lewis finished sixth and seventh with respective totals of 153 and 154. The Sagehens' Sophia Hui, Cal Lutheran's Allison Gaskill, and Whittier's Vitha rounded out the top 10 as each tied for eighth with marks of 156.
CMS clinched its fourth SCIAC Championship last season with an overall score of 2192 over the seven rounds, while Redlands - the 2016 conference champions finished second with a seven-round total of 2227. Pomona-Pitzer placed third with a combined mark of 2256.