Four Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) men's golfers were recently named NCAA Division III PING All-Americans by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps's (CMS) Ken Kong was one of 24 players nationally to earn All-America distinction from the GCAA (eight on each of the three teams). In addition to Kong's honor, Stags teammates Alex Wrenn and Mason Chiu were both chosen to the honorable mention All-America team.
Kong had a strong sophomore campaign from wire-to-wire, which saw him peak in the GolfStat Individual rankings in the top 10 in the nation. He began the year by shooting a 66 in a dual meet with Chapman in the fall, birdieing his final five holes in a row. He then had back-to-back individual medalist performances in the spring, winning The West Cup and the second SCIAC regular season championship on two straight weeks. He captured The West Cup by seven strokes with a 75-68-69-212, having two of the three rounds under 70 in the entire field of 81 players, and then won the second SCIAC regular season title with a 72-70-142, which won him the SCIAC Men's Golf Athlete of the Week honors for the second week in a row. He finished in the top 10 at the SCIAC Championships (eighth) for the second year in a row, and ended up in 32nd place at the NCAA Division III Championships.
Wrenn was honored by the GCAA for the third time in his career, including a first-team All-America selection and two honorable mention honors. In the fall, he shot a 64 in the fall at the Embry Riddle Invitational, the low round of his career, finishing third out of 44 with a 77-64-71-212. He picked up a fifth-place finish at the first SCIAC regular season championship with a 74-71-145, and tied for 18th of 46 at the SCIAC Championships, closing out with an even-par 72 on his final round. He was also named to the Srixon/Cleveland Golf Division III All-America Scholar, as well as earning All-SCIAC honors for the fourth time in his four seasons.
Chiu had an exception finish to his sophomore season, which saw him win individual medalist honors at the SCIAC Championships by seven strokes. He shot a seven-under 63 for his opening round, before finishing the three rounds at -5, the only golfer in the field under par. He kept his momentum going in the NCAA Division III Championships, finishing in 11th place overall to lead the Stags. He also had two top 10 finishes at the SCIAC regular season championships, tying for sixth in the first one with a 73-73-146 and then finishing fifth in the second one with a 75-75-150.
Additionally, Jake Hollander of Redlands was also named an Honorable Mention All-American by the GCAA.
Hollander put together a solid junior outing for the Bulldogs that resulted in a scoring average of 74.07 over 28 rounds. He finished in a tie for 39th during his inaugural appearance at the NCAA Championships with a 72-hole tally of 304 (75-78-77-74). During the Marymount Fall Invitational, he produced three rounds in the 60s, including a career-low of 66. According to GolfStat, Hollander ranks 33rd in all of Division III with an adjusted scoring average of 74.38. Earlier this season, he earned All-West Region and First-Team All-Conference honors. Hollander and the Bulldogs finished second in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and returned to the national tournament for the first time since 2014-15.