CMS Men's Golf Sets Program-Record with 272, Rolls to Team Title at Bulldog Invitational
BEAUMONT, Calif. - Jamison Tan shot -3 to earn individual medalist honors, and Joshua Kwon (-7) and Adrian Chiu (-4) had big final rounds to move up into a tie for second as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's golf team shot a program-record 272 to run away with the team championship at the Bulldog Fall Invitational hosted by Redlands on Tuesday at the Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon.
CMS shot -16 as a team (272) on Tuesday's final round to finish at -11, resulting in a 19-stroke win over Schreiner, and a 20-stroke advantage over Cal Lutheran in third. The Stags went into the day up by just three strokes on Cal Lutheran and five on Schreiner, but ran away from the pack to take the team victory.
All four scorers for CMS were in the red on Tuesday, as Aryan Kaila finished with a -2 to make the CMS team score a 272. The Stags had previously shot a 275 several times, including at the California State Intercollegiate in 2021, on its way to a three-round record of -31. But the -16 represents a new team record in the first tournament of 2023-24.
Tan finished at -7 to end up atop the individual leaderboard, followed by two of his own teammates three shots back at -4. Kwon began the final round at +3, following a 76 in his second round, but he responded with the low round of his career with a 65 to move all the way up into second. Chiu, meanwhile, was +2 after his first round, but pulled back to even par after the second, and then closed with a 68 in his third round to move up into a tie for a runner-up finish.
Tan led after the first round with a 68 on Monday, but finished the second round on Tuesday morning one shot back. He started the final round on No. 16 and suffered a bogey on No. 18 to slip to -3, but he closed out with a -5 over his final 15 holes, including a birdie on his final hole (No. 15) to seal individual medalist honors. He also had consecutive birdies on No. 3 and No. 4, and did it again with birdies on No. 9 and No. 10.
Kwon had a spectacular final round, with one hiccup along the way when he suffered a double-bogey on No. 7 (his 11th hole of the day). He gean on No. 15 and birdied No. 16 and No. 18 to get off a quick start, then had an eagle on No. 2, a birdie on No. 4, and a birdie on No. 6 to drop all the way to -6 after his first 10 holes.
His temporary set back on No. 7 didn't last, as he came right back with a birdie on No. 8, then picked up another birdie on No. 10 to drop to -6. He finished with another birdie on his final hole to end up at -7 for the round, passing his previous record low of 67, which was set two years ago when he was playing as an individual.
Chiu also had six birdies on his round, including one on his first hole. He also had four birdies in a five-hole span, picking up strokes on consecutive holes and No. 2 and No. 3, and then again on No. 5 and No. 6. Kaila also had consecutive birdies on No. 6 and No. 7, and had a birdie on his second-to-last hole to finish at -2.
CMS will be back in action on Friday when it competes in a dual against La Verne at Via Verde Country Club.