After capturing the 2017 SCIAC Championship the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's golf team will look to defend their 2016 National Championship Title at Mission Inn Resort & Club from May 16-19.
CMS claimed its first national title in school history at the 2016 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships, finishing six shots ahead of runner-up Huntingdon College. Evan Cox, of Virginia Wesleyan College, took home individual medalist honors after finishing eight over par for the four-day event and winning a three-way playoff against Addison Lambeth, of Huntingdon and Alex Wrenn, of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
No. 12 CMS will be among the 33 schools participating at the 2017 tournament which features a total of 215 individuals. Joining the Stags will be Conor Rooney from Pomona-Pitzer and Alec Spencer from La Verne as two of the five individuals selected to participate at the championships.
Four student-athletes return from the national championship team as juniors Jonathan Shaw, Matt Shuman and Johnny Brandt join Wrenn along with freshman Harrison Brenner, who was named the 2017 SCIAC Ken Shuman Newcomer of the Year. Shaw tied for medalist honors at the SCIAC Championship after scoring even on a 216-stroke course and earning All-SCIAC first team honors. Shuman finished tied for 15th at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational. Brandt finished in the top-15 in all three SCIAC events this season. Brenner finished tied for 13th at the SCIAC Championship.
Rooney was the first ever men's golfer from Pomona-Pitzer to be selected to compete as an individual. The sophomore was tabbed first team all-SCIAC this season and ended the year as the 26th ranked individual in Division III. Rooney took fourth place at the SCIAC Championships.
Spencer from La Verne ranks 37th in the nation with an average score of 73.67 per round this year and is a four-time all-SCIAC selection. He finished tied for 35th at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational and finished sixth at West Cup. He ended the regular season with a fourth place finish at the SCIAC Championships.