What a year it has been for both Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer men’s golf teams. With CMS men’s golf rounding out a fantastic year by taking home first place in conference and in SCIAC tournament championship, they have re-affirmed their position in SCIAC as the team to beat for next season. It is also noteworthy that this conference championship comes as the 11th in program history and this is reflective of the standard of excellence that has been upheld by the program over the years.
Pomona-Pitzer also showed great strides this season by finishing fifth in SCIAC conference and 5th in the SCIAC championships this past Tuesday. The Sagehens also moved up the conference leaderboard two spots from last year and have consistently improved their program through the years.
CMS men’s golf pulled out a thriller as they won the SCIAC championship this past Tuesday, Apr. 26. To start off the third round of play, four teams were only separated by three strokes from the top spot. The atmosphere could be summed up with one word: tense. Playing on a 72-par course, the Stags were able to jump from fourth to first on the final day of the tournament to take the cup. The leap from fourth to first came in the final round when four CMS golfers scored under par and Matt Shuman CM '18, one of those golfers, led the way with 16 individual birdies. Besides leading his team to victory, Shuman was also able to notch a SCIAC record with his 64 being the lowest round in SCIAC history and propel the team through the final round to victory.
P-P also put on a good showing as all six golfers on the day placed in the top 50 among all golfers. Kevin Knox PO '16 played exceptionally well on the day as he put it all on the line in his last SCIAC Championship. Shooting 74 in the first round, 69 in the second round, and 74 in the third round, he placed fifth overall.
As the teams continue to make strides to improve in the future, they should be proud of all they have accomplished this season.