The Pomona-Pitzer golf team opened the season with an eighth-place finish in their first SCIAC match and have made great strides since.
Their second competition saw a collective improvement of 22 strokes, which landed them another eighth-place finish—within striking distance of SCIAC glory. With their scorers bunched within five strokes of one another, the team finished just two strokes off sixth-place teams Occidental and Chapman and within 20 strokes of SCIAC-leading La Verne. A similar improvement over the final three SCIAC matches could see the team hunting for top honors and definite respect within the conference.
The team is anchored by senior John Hasse PO ’12, who has battled for top honors individually within SCIAC. In the team’s opening exhibition match, Hasse took fifth place and finished three strokes off leader Bobby Holden of Redlands after a tough final hole, where he lost several strokes working out of a difficult situation, first chipping out from under a tree and then failing to convert another tough shot from the greenside bunker. Hasse was awarded second-team SCIAC honors as a junior during the 2011 season.
The improvement in team standing and the potential for a rise in SCIAC is due more to an overall team ethic of improvement rather than any one player’s efforts. Each player has dropped their score by at least three strokes during the young season. Hasse led the way again in the team’s second match, as P-P made a stronger showing on Redlands’ home turf. Hasse grabbed top-20 honors individually in the team’s second competition.
Such team development bodes well for the future, especially on a team that will see four scoring players return for the next season.
While other teams battle amongst themselves, P-P golf is making strides from the back of the pack. If they keep improving at the pace they have shown, the other teams better take note.
The third of six SCIAC preliminary matches on the Industry Hills course was cancelled due to rain, but the young team on the rise looks to prove itself once again this coming Monday at the tough Via Verde course.