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La Verne drives its way to golf tournament win

Cheryl Regan
Staff Writer

After a weekend of rainy weather, the sun was out on Tuesday when La Verne took first place in SCIAC No. 3 tournament at Sierra Lakes Golf Course.

The Leopards came back from a spring break tournament in Georgia where they got a lot of positive feedback from head coach Eric Riehle.

La Verne ended the day with a 15-stroke victory and a team score of 281, seven under par. Redlands and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps tied for second place with a score of 296 (+8).

Junior Andrew Roque and senior Eric Bunge finished in a three-way tie with Claremont Mudd Scripps player Tain Lee with a score of 69, three under par. Senior Matt Bernal finished in fourth place with a score of 71 one under par.

The Leopards played a Sierra Lakes a couple weeks prior to this tournament for a practice round, but it was some of the players first time playing this course.

“It got a little windy out here, but that is to be expected,” Bernal said. “The greens were a little bumpy.”

La Verne went to Georgia over spring break for the Jekyll Island Invitational where they finished in seventh place for the tournament. SCIAC No. 3 was the first tournament coming back from the break.

“We learned a lot from the Jekyll Island Invitational,” Bunge said. “We got a lot of good advice from coach and it paid off today having three of our players finish under par.”

Tuesday was the Leopards first win since they won SCIAC No. 1 on Feb. 14.

“We built up from Georgia and played well today,” Riehle said. “We were a little fatigued but everyone did good.”

Freshman Josh Haynes finished the day with a score of 75, three over par.

“I was four under through 13 holes, but then I struggled coming in and finished the day three over,” Haynes said. “I made a couple mistakes today, but I am on a comeback from a slump.”

“We had a rough start to the season, but everyone is getting better and better. It should be a good second half of the season,” Haynes added.

The Leopards have two more SCIAC tournaments, along with the UC Riverside Braveheart Classic before the SCIAC Championships.

SCIAC No. 4 is the next tournament for La Verne, on April 5 at the Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena.

The Leopards are currently ranked fifth nationally in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division III Top 25 Poll.

Cheryl Regan can be reached at cheryl.regan@laverne.edu.

 

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