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Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Picked as Favorite in Men’s Golf Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Picked as Favorite in Men’s Golf Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Defending NCAA Division III National Champions Claremont-Mudd-Scripps has been selected first in the 2017 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) men’s golf preseason coaches’ poll. The Stags, coached by Bim Jollymour, received all eight first-place votes for 64 points total. Redlands finished second in voting with 49 points closely followed by Cal Lutheran in third with 47 points. 

“I appreciate the respect shown to our program by my fellow SCIAC coaches,” Jollymour said, “but I am always cautious when selected to have a championship season. We are going to do our best to prepare for this upcoming season and look forward to an exciting and competitive 2017 season.

Following Cal Lutheran, La Verne was tabbed fourth, with 40 points, followed by Chapman (34), Pomona-Pitzer (23), Occidental (22) and Whittier (9).

Last season, the Stags won their eleventh overall SCIAC championship with a seven round aggregate score of 2,081.  CMS earned the conference automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament and won its first NCAA Division III National Championships while freshman Alex Wrenn claimed a tie for second place individually.  CMS returns the 2016 SCIAC Newcomer of the Year Wrenn along with first-team All-SCIAC performer Jonathan Shaw. Wrenn and Shaw are joined by the second-team All-SCIAC duo of Matt Shuman and Jackson Zepf.  


Redlands will look to sophomore Alex Stroes who earned All-SCIAC first-team honors last season as a freshman to lead a young Bulldogs roster that does not feature a senior.  Cal Lutheran saw a loss of three of the starting five from a season ago but return three Kingsmen with collegiate playing experience including senior Nate Gray, junior Andrew McLean and sophomore Jake Rosen.
 
The 2017 SCIAC Golf Championships is a best of seven round aggregate with the first two rounds played at Brookside Golf Club on February 18-19. Competition continues on April 8-9 at the Oak Quarry Golf Club with the final three rounds on April 23-25 at the Los Serranos Golf Club hosted by CMS.

Institution

Points (first-place votes)

1. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

64 (8)

2. Redlands

49

3. Cal Lutheran

47

4. La Verne

40

5. Chapman

34

6. Pomona-Pitzer

23

7. Occidental

22

8. Whittier

9