The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) men's and women's golf teams began play at the 2019 SCIAC Championships at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday.
On the men's side, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) opened scoring at the 2019 SCIAC Championships with a two-under-par total of 278. La Verne placed second with a round of 289, followed by Occidental (290), Redlands (291) and Chapman (293). Pomona-Pitzer finished in sixth place with a combined scored of 296, while California Lutheran (301) and Whittier (315) rounded out the eight-team field.
In the overall team standings, the Stags moved into first place with 1463 strokes over SCIAC No. 1 and No. 2 and the first round of the championship. La Verne is second (1469), Redlands (1472), and Occidental (1504). Chapman is fifth with a total score of 1517, followed by Cal Lutheran (1525), Pomona-Pitzer (1537) and Whittier (1611).
Mason Chiu of CMS was sensational on the course in round one, carding a seven-under-par 63. Also highlighting the men's opening round was Sian Rogers of Chapman who notched a hole-in-one on the par-3 12th hole (178 yards) en route to an first-day total of 76. Occidental's Sam Miller and Tanay Srivastav, along with Pomona-Pitzer's Owen Rosebeck finished tied for second with scores of 68, followed by Chapman's Ricky Hoefert who shot a one-under 69 for fifth place on day one. Ken Kong of the Stags was sixth at even par, while the Sagehens' Jack Carrigan and Leopards' Pitiluk Phanomchai carded totals of 71 over the first 18 holes to tie for seventh. Cade Lawson and Kyle Sharp (Redlands), Conner Davis and Jason Brown (La Verne), and Austin Long of CMS each tied for ninth with a first round tally of 72.
On the women's side, Redlands shot a combined score of 306 on day one, while CMS notched a 318. Pomona-Pitzer and Chapman tied for third place on Thursday with combined scores of 319 each. Whittier secured fifth place with a 326, while Cal Lutheran was sixth at 333. Occidental (339) and La Verne (366) rounded out the eight-team field.
In the overall standings, the Athenas are holding a slim, four-stroke advantage over the Bulldogs with a score of 1532 over SCIAC No. 1 and No. 2 and the first round of the SCIAC Championships. Redlands is in second at 1536, followed by Pomona-Pitzer (1579), Chapman (1602), and Cal Lutheran (1611). Whittier has a total of 1623 for sixth place, while Occidental (1659) and La Verne (1851) are seventh and eighth respectively.
Individually, Annie Hay of Redlands led the women's field with a one-over-par 73 on day one. Bulldogs' teammate Keilee Bessho and Whittier's Taylor Beckwith tied for second with rounds of 75 each, while Chapman's Emily Lewis, Pomona-Pitzer's Priscilla Ki, and Redlands' Kendall Nicholson each shot 77. Kristen Lee of the Panthers, and Stephanie Yu of the Sagehens each tabbed first round scores of 78, while Amy Xue and Emily Attiyeh of CMS, and Allison Gaskill of Cal Lutheran, rounded out the top 10 with scores of 79.
Both the men and women will tee off at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 19 at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, Calif. for round two of the 2019 SCIAC Golf Championships.