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Adrian Chiu had a 69 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for fifth
Adrian Chiu had a 69 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for fifth

CMS Men's Golf Settles for Second by One Stroke at Danish Classic After Big Comeback

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SOLVANG, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's golf team trailed Menlo by 12 strokes heading into Tuesday's second round, but came almost all the way back, finishing second by a single stroke at the Danish Classic, hosted by The Master's University at Alisal Ranch Golf Club.

Adrian Chiu and Jamison Tan each carded a 69 (-3) on Tuesday, while Yuefeng (Michael) Ma and Aryan Kaila were both in the red as well at -1. CMS shot a 280 as a team on Tuesday, a 22-shot improvement over its Monday score as the Stags were able to make up 11 shots of the 12 it trailed by coming into the day. Chiu finished in a tie for fourth place on the individual leaderboard at even par, moving up 11 spots from his 15th place after the opening round, while Tan was in eighth, a 10-spot jump from placing 18th at the midway point.  

Menlo shot a 290 on Monday's opening round, with The Master's University in second with a 299 and CMS in third with a 302. However, Tan helped get the gap down to a single stroke with three birdies over his final six holes, carding them on No. 4, No. 6 and No. 8 after starting his round on the tenth, to end his day at -3. 

Chiu started out his day with a birdie, but bogeyed the next hole to fall back to even par. It was his last bogey of the day, though, as he birdied No. 17, and then picked up two more No. 3 and No. 6 to match Tan for the low round of the day in the field.   

Kaila started out +2 after his first hole, but regrouped to get back even with a birdie on No. 1, and then picked up birdies on No. 4 and No. 6 to end his round in the red. Ma got off to a torrid start with a birdie on No. 10, and then had two in a row on the 13th and 14th, before ending his round at -1. 

Menlo was able to hang on despite the late CMS challenge, thanks in large part to earning two eagles (and two birdies) on No. 4. The Oaks had a combined -6 on the fourth hole, compared to -1 for the Stags. 

Yiqi (Andy) Sun had a strong tournament playing as an individual, shooting even par on Tuesday to earn a top-10 finish with a 146 (tying for ninth). He had 11 birdies over the two-day tournament, three more than his closest teammate (Kaila). 

CMS wraps up its fall schedule with a first-place finish at the Redlands Fall Invitational, a second-place finish at the TMU Danish Classic, and a head-to-head win over La Verne in a dual. The Stags are ranked No. 3 in Division III, as they head into the break hoping to chase a national title in the spring.