Golf Teams Set for SCIAC Championships

Golf Teams Set for SCIAC Championships

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The 2019 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Men's and Women's Golf Championships are set to take place Thursday-Saturday, April 18-20 and will be hosted by Occidental at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, Calif.

Tee times for the three-round championship are 8:00 a.m. each day. 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. 

Men's Preview

Entering the 2019 SCIAC Championships, the team leaderboard is tight at the top as La Verne (1180) holds a one-stroke lead over Redlands (1181). with a combined score of 1180 over the first four rounds. After shooting rounds of 588 and 597 at SCIAC No. 1 and No. 2, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) is five strokes behind the Leopards and four behind the Bulldogs with a combined total of 1185. Occidental is currently fourth in the team standings with a score of 1215, while California Lutheran (604-620) and Chapman (603-621) are tied for fifth with collective scores of 1224. Pomona-Pitzer enters the three-day championship with an overall score of 1241, while Whittier rounds out the field with a four-round total of 1296. 

At SCIAC No. 1, the two-round event, which took place February 23-24 at Los Serranos Golf Club in Chino Hills, Calif., culminated in a three-way tie for individual medalist honors as Jake Hollander and Cameron Cooper of Redlands, along with Pitiluk Phanomchai of La Verne each carded two-day totals of 142. Phanomchai highlighted the event with a five-under-par 67 in round two, while Cooper displayed consistency, shooting one-under 71s on each day. Cade Lawson of Redlands, and Alex Wrenn of CMS followed with scores of 144 and 145, while four players tied for sixth place. The Leopards' Conner Davis and Connor Dunlop, Pomona-Pitzer's Jack Carrigan, and the Stags' Mason Chiu each shot 146 over the two rounds. In a two-way tie for 10th place, Occidental's Sam Miller, and La Verne's Hisham Hussein each collected marks of 147. 

SCIAC No. 2 saw CMS's Ken Kong register individual medalist honors with a two-day tally of 142 (72-70). Kong's 70 on day two was the low round of the two-day event which took place at Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms in Industry Hills, Calif. April 6-7. Cal Lutheran's Jake Rosen finished second over the two rounds with scores of 72 and 74 for a total of 146, while Hussein was one stroke behind in third place with a total of 147. Lawson (149) and Chiu (150) placed fourth and fifth respectively, while Phanomchai and Hollander tied for sixth at 151. La Verne's Nathan Stepanski, Chapman's Avery Keating, and Wrenn each shot two day scores of 152 to place in a three-way tie for eighth and round out the top 10 finishers at SCIAC No. 2. 

CMS will be looking for its fourth consecutive SCIAC crown since the 2015-16 campaign after the Stags put together an impressive showing at the league championships a year ago, finishing all three rounds under 300 with scores of 286, 282 and 287. CMS finished with a combined score of 2020, while La Verne (2053) and Redlands (2059) rounded out the top three team finishes last year. 

Women's Preview

The 2018 NCAA Division III champions, the CMS women's golf team enters the three-day SCIAC Championship leading the conference field by 16 strokes with an overall score of 1214 over the four rounds of SCIAC No. 1 and No. 2. The Athenas shot a combined 627 at SCIAC No. 1 and a 587 at SCIAC No. 2. Redlands is second in the standings with a total of 1230 (634-596), while Pomona-Pitzer is third with SCIAC No. 1 and No. 2 scores of 640 and 620 for a total of 1260. Cal Lutheran is slotted fourth with 1278, while Chapman is five strokes back of the Regals with a collective total of 1283. Whittier is sixth (1297), followed by Occidental (1320) and La Verne (1485). 

Kendall Nicholson of Redlands secured individual medalist honors at SCIAC No. 1 which was played at Los Serranos on February 16-17. Nicholson carded a two-day score of 151 to finish four shots ahead of Mira Yoo of CMS who tabbed a 155 over the two days. Whittier's Taylor Beckwith was third with a 156 , while Gabrielle Herzig of Pomona-Pitzer, and Emily Attiyeh and Kelly Ransom of the Athenas, tied for fourth with scores of 157 each. The Sagehens' Sophia Hui, CMS's Amy Xue, and the Bulldogs' Mariah Moon were in a three-way tie for seventh with marks of 158, while Cal Lutheran's Allison Gaskill and Chapman's Kristen Lee finished in a tie for 10th with combined totals of 160. 

Redlands earned individual medalist honors once again at SCIAC No. 2 as Annie Hay finished two-under-par (142) over the two-day event at Olivas Links in Ventura, Calif. on April 6-7 to secure the top individual finish. Yoo, Nicholson, and Ransom followed in a three-way tie for second (147), with Ransom carding a 69 on day two tie for the low round of the event. Her low round was tied with teammate Attiyeh whose 69 highlighted a fifth place overall score of 148. The Panthers' Emily Lewis, and CMS's Emma Kang logged sixth and seventh place with respective scores of 149 and 150, while The Bulldogs' Keilee Bessho and the Poets' Kamryn Maria Garcia tied for eighth (151). Hui, Beckwith, Xue and the Regals' Erica Mitchell placed in a four-way tie for 10th at 152. 

In addition to defending its national title from a year ago, CMS will be looking for its third straight SCIAC championship after cruising to 2128 strokes in last year's event which was 95 strokes ahead of second place Pomona-Pitzer (2223). Chapman finished third over the course of seven rounds in 2017-18 with a mark of 2272 - just one stroke in front of fourth-place Cal Lutheran (2273).