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Golf swings third in SCIAC match

Jessica Serrano, the only woman on La Verne’s golf team, competed in her first SCIAC match Saturday and Sunday at Sierra Lakes Golf Club in Fontana. / photo by Helen Arase

Jessica Serrano, the only woman on La Verne’s golf team, competed in her first SCIAC match Saturday and Sunday at Sierra Lakes Golf Club in Fontana. / photo by Helen Arase

Hannah Burton
Staff Writer
Autumn Simon
Staff Writer

The La Verne golf team finished third in the Southern California Intercollegiate Ath­letic Conference Tournament No. 1 on Saturday and Sunday at the Sierra Lakes Golf Club in Fontana.

On day one of the match, the team shot 293 and 298 on day two.

Many players struggled matching their lines and played too aggressively on the public course.

Keven Holliday, senior business major, shot a 74 both rounds.

“The difficulty of the course is underrated,” Holliday said.

He successfully had a chip in eagle, which was one of the highlights of the day.

However, André Bedard, junior psychology major and a returner, had a great round on Saturday, shooting a 69.

“I caught fire at the end of my round,” Bedard said.

He recalled his four birdies in a row.

Round two of the tournament left the team in high spirits. The team shot a 298.

“Yesterday we struggled a little bit and made adjustments and improved for the next day,” head coach Chris Davis said. “We improved by two shots.”

Holliday almost got his first hole in one, while Trent Twamley, senior business administration major, greatly improved from the first round.

On Saturday Twamley shot a 78, then drastically lowered his score to a 70 on Sunday.

Freshman Alec Spencer finished at even par, shooting a 72, Saturday and Sunday.

The team finished with an overall score of 591, placing them in third place of the tournament.

Redlands placed first in the competition with a of 560 followed by Claremont-Mudd Scripps with a score of 581.

The season began at an impressive mark during the SCIAC preview round at the Sierra La Verne Country Club on Feb. 10.

“We didn’t play our best this weekend, but I think we are moving in a pretty good direction,” Davis said. “From the way we improved from Saturday to Sunday, I am sure that we are going to do great this season.”

This seasons key players and returners are Bedard, Holliday, senior Paul Gomez, and juniors Kelby Scharmann and All-American Twamley.

“The returning upperclassman have a ton of tournament experience and with the new freshman golfers, we’re going to be able to put up a score to compete with anybody,” Davis said.

Both the coaching staff and golfers ultimate goal for the season is to win the SCIAC Championship for their eighth consecutive year.

If the team receives an eighth title this year, Davis will have achieved his third championship as head coach.

The coaching staff and golfers also hope to place in nationals.

“We have won our last seven conferences, so the first goal we set from a champion’s point of view is to win the conference,” Davis said. “After that, we are hoping to place in nationals.”

Many of the golfers have set their own personal goals for the season.

“My personal goal is to be more consistent as a player and to always be a counting score for my team,” Twamley said.

To make successful progress towards these goals involves keeping a consistent score up to par.

“In order to win the SCIAC championship and to place in nationals, we need to focus more on speed,” Davis said.

With a little more experience, hard work and improvement, the golf team will be on their way to conquering another championship title.

The golf team will compete again March 14 at the Jekyll Island Invitational held in Jekyll Island, Ga.

Hannah Burton can be reached at hannah.burton@laverne.edu.

Autumn Simon can be reached at autumn.simon@laverne.edu.

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