It was a beautiful day at Tukwet Canyon as the Sagehen golfers swung their clubs into their second game of the season the past weekend. Supported by a strong first-year class, the Sagehens shot an impressive 325 the first day, and 332 the second day. With an overall score of 657, the Hens beat La Verne by four points, coming home in sixth place at the SCIAC I Golf Tournament.
“We have some great guys on the team this year, with the freshmen, with Gilbert [Chang PO ‘19] and Jeff [Carney PO ‘19]… We blend well together, and it seems like there’s going to be a bright future for the golf team,” said Conor Rooney PO ‘19.
Leading the Pomona-Pitzer golf team, Rooney, who tied for fifth place overall, shot a 76 in day one, and finishing with an 82 the second day, ending with an overall score of 158.
“Conor played very well; he was very consistent the whole time in the first day. Also, he is a great player in the wind naturally,” said Chang. “Since conditions this past weekend were very windy—I’d say Saturday was about 35mph, and Sunday was about 45mph—it really played to his advantage. As a team, we believe we could do better. But we just have to move on and work hard, and make sure that next tournament we are more prepared to fight harder, and play better.”
Second and third-leading scorers Chang and Carney also performed well at the tournament. Chang and Carney finished with an 81 and a 79 respectively the first day, and finished with an 84 and an 88 respectively the second day. Chang ranked 18th and Carney ranked 25th overall, placing three of the Sagehens golfers into the top-25 finish bracket.
“The tournament went pretty well, especially the first round. We were actually at fourth place at SCIAC… [which] is probably the most competitive conference in Division III,” said Rooney. “The second round we slipped a bit, it was very tough conditions, with strong winds. The course played difficult. We hope to improve more in the coming tournaments.”
On the Stags’ side, Jonathan Shaw CM ’18 overcame the weather and won the tournament, earning the No. 1 SCIAC ranking with a score of +4. Kethan Reddy CM ’16 tied for second with a score of +10, and Joe La Horgue tied for 15th with a score of +19. As a team, the Stags outperformed their first round by nine strokes, bringing them a victory win in the SCIAC No. 1 Tournament.
The P-P golf team is enjoying a two-week by-week to prepare for Desert Classic, their next tournament, in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, February 27th. The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps golf team will head to the Bay Area for the East/West Bay Area Invitational this upcoming week in Livermore, California.