Men's Golf Ties La Verne for First Place in SCIAC #1

Men's Golf Ties La Verne for First Place in SCIAC #1

VENTURA, Calif. – The No. 9 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's golf team opened the 2018 portion of their schedule this weekend against the SCIAC at Olivas Golf Links. The Stags tied for the team title with La Verne after shooting a two-day total of 580 (+4). Redlands and California Lutheran finished within five strokes of the Stags and Leopards after recording scores of 581 and 584, respectively.

The tournament is the first leg of SCIAC play, with the scores combining with the team scores at the SCIAC #2 Tournament and the SCIAC Championship Tournament for the overall SCIAC Championship.

Day One - 292 (+4)
After Day One of the two-day tournament, the Stags sit in fourth place with a team score of 292 (+4). The SCIAC showed its depth on Saturday, with California Lutheran (282, -6), Redlands (285, -3), and La Verne (287, -1) all posting scores under par.

Ken Kong (CMC) led the Stags on the day with a one-under, 71 on the 6,818-yard layout in Ventura. Alex Wrenn (CMC) was the second-best finisher for the Stags, posting a one-over 73. Four Stags finished one-stroke behind Wrenn with scores of 74.

The Stags will look to climb the leaderboard on Sunday when the first leg of SCIAC play wraps up.

Day Two - 288 (E)
On Sunday the Stags dropped four strokes off their team score and fired an even-par 288 to tied La Verne for first place. The Leopards started the day in third place after shooting a 287 (-1) yesterday, but turned in a 293 (+5) on Sunday. The other two teams ahead of the Stags entering Sunday, Cal Lutheran and Redlands, added at least 10 strokes to their team scores from Saturday to Sunday and finished within five strokes of the team lead.

On the individual side, the Stags were led by Mason Chiu (CMC) on Sunday. The freshman fired a four-under 68 on Sunday to finish with a two-day total of 142 (-2) to finish tied for second in the tournament. La Verne's Hisham Hussein won individual medalist honors with a two-day total of 135 (-9).

For the second-straight day, Alex Wrenn was the second-lowest finisher for the Stags. Wrenn fired a 72 on Sunday for a two-day total of 145. Jonathan Shaw (CMC) carded a 73 on Sunday to finish the tournament with a 147. Ken Kong finished his second round with a 75 to finish the weekend with a 146.

The Stags will next tee it up on Feb. 26-27 in the Masters Invitational at Sand Canyon Country Club.