CMS Men's Golf Wins SCIAC Title, Earns Automatic Bid to NCAA Championship
VENTURA, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's golf team shot -6 on the third and final round of the SCIAC Championships to win the tournament by seven strokes over Pomona-Pitzer, and earn the league title by 17 strokes over the course of the seven rounds of league competition, on Tuesday at Olivas Links Golf Course.
The SCIAC title was the second straight and fifth in the last six seasons for the Stags, who shot in the red in all three rounds over the course of the weekend, going from -2 on Sunday to -5 on Monday to -6 this afternoon. Runner-up Pomona-Pitzer shot 279 on both Monday and Tuesday, the low score of the championship, but came into the tournament down by 10 strokes after the first four rounds, and opened up with a 300 on Sunday to fall 24 shots back against a CMS team that was consistently shooting under par and tough to catch.
CMS had three players in the individual top 10, led by Vikram Chatterjee, who closed with a 68 on Tuesday (-4) for his third straight round in the red after back-to-back 70s on Sunday and Monday to end the tournament tied for third at -8. Chaterjee closed with a flourish, shooting -4 on the back nine, including birdies on the 17th and 18 to move up to third place.
Yuefeng (Michael) Ma shot a 70 in the final round on Tuesday to finish the tournament at -4 (70-72-70) and tie for sixth place on the individual leaderboard. Ma had six birdies overall on the day, including one on the 18th to move up into a tie for sixth.
Will Parker also earned a top-10 finish by coming in eighth place at -3, closing on Tuesday with an even-par 72. Parker also earned a birdie on the 18th to enable him to finish even on the day. Kevin Jiang was the fourth scorer for CMS on Tuesday with a 72, which also included a birdie on 18, as he finished in 21st place after closing out at +6 by going two-under over his final two rounds.
CMS will head back to the NCAA Championships after earning a third-place finish a year ago. This year's tournament will be held from May 16-19 at Keene Trace in Nicholasville, Ky.