CLAREMONT, Calif. - The two members of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Men's Golf Class of 2020 joined the program on the heels of its 2016 NCAA Division III national title, with hopes of winning one of their own over their four seasons. This year's squad was poised to make a strong challenge after a dominant fall season and a lopsided win in the first SCIAC regular season event (Feb. 29-March 1).
Those hopes were dashed, of course, with the suspension of spring sports, but the two seniors helped impact a program that won two SCIAC titles in 2017 and 2018 (and were odds-on favorites for a third in a row after the good start this year). They also competed in three NCAA Division III Tournaments, progressively improving from 12th to ninth to eighth in their first three trips, while entering this year poised to make if a fourth straight year of improvement.
Senior golfers usually get publicly honored at the conference championships as well as the NCAA Championships for those who qualify, but like all members of the Class of 2020, their senior recognition opportunities were lost with the sudden cancelation of the season. In lieu of the traditional send-off, we produced a highlight video to thank them for their contributions to CMS Athletics. Watch the video below:
The two members of the CMS Men's Golf Class of 2020 are:
Harrison Brenner (Boca Raton, Fla. - Claremont McKenna, economics)
Brenner was off to a terrific start to his senior season, entering the spring ranked No. 5 in the country in the GolfStat individual rankings. He took individual medalist honors at the Embry Riddle Invitational in October, coming back from six shots down in the third and final round to win by one stroke with a final round of 70 (-1). He also shot a 212 (70-72-70) at the Bulldog Invitational. As a first-year, he had an impressive tournament at the TMU Spring Invitational with a 69-68-137. He was hoping for a homecoming tournament this year at the NCAA Division III Championships in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Austin Long (El Dorado Hills, Calif. - Claremont McKenna, economics and data science)
Long was a second-team All-SCIAC selection as a junior last year, while also earning Srixon/Cleveland Division III All-America Scholar honors. This year, he shot a 67 on the final day of the Bulldog Invitational to finish fourth out of 42 competitors, without a single bogey over his 18 holes. He had another top 10 finish (seventh of 48) at the first SCIAC regular season tournament to help the Stags to a 14-shot win. A year ago, he won individual medalist honors at the Cal State Intercollegiate with a 68-68-136 and capped off his season with a team-best 72 at the final round of the NCAA Division III Championships.