PASADENA, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Golf team put together a strong two-day effort this past weekend during the first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Tournament at Brookside Golf Course.
After a rough 2016 season with numbers, first year Director of Golf Lance Franey and Head Coach Jason Nunez brought in four transfers that have helped turn the program around and after the two days, the Poets moved up 45 spots in the National Rankings, inside of the Top 200, while beating No. 37 Cal Lutheran University.
With wet conditions, the Poets had a tough start to the tournament finding themselves in last place after day one following a score of a 313. But the Purple & Gold rebounded on the second improving by 12 strokes, while posting the 5th lowest round total to come in at 301, equaling a two round total of a 614, which beat out the Kingsmen by a stroke.
Junior Nicholas Medeiros (Riverside, Calif.) led the Purple & Gold placing 5th overall posting scores of 75-72 (+3). The next scorer was Tyler Hoefferle (San Dimas, Calif.) who placed 28th with a 79-76 (+11), while former teammate at Citrus J.C. Tyler Bliss (Glendora, Calif.) came in at 31st with marks of 80-76 (+12).
The lone senior on the Poet squad Max Meisenheimer (Newport Beach, Calif.) after shooting an 83 on day one was able to rebound nicely to post a 77 on day two putting him in 36th, while Alex Valadez (Anaheim, Calif.) was in 40th with a 79-83.
Claremont-M-S finished atop the standings with a 583 and was followed by La Verne (591), Pomona-Pitzer (591), Occidental (603), Chapman (607), and Redlands (607).
Whittier returns to the links next week on Monday-Tuesday, February 27-28 when they take part in the Master's Invitational at Robinson Ranch Golf Course in Santa Clarita, Calif.