SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Golf team made history earlier in the week during the Master's Invitational on Robinson Ranch Golf Course.
Despite finishing 13th with a three round total of 889, the Purple & Gold saved the best round for last as the team lit up the course with a program low 292, which beat the previous record of 293 set in 2012.
With this record setting round, the Poets beat out six different programs on the day, which included Menlo College, Simpson University, Pomona-Pitzer, Cal Lutheran University, Claremont-M-S, and Victoria (BC), while tying with Hope International.
The lapse came on the first day where Whittier had to play 36 holes. They put together two impressive team rounds of 298 and 299, which will both go down within the Top 5 for program lows.
But the field was tough loaded with scholarship programs, with Oklahoma Baptist winning the event with an 842 (281-271-290), followed by Victoria (BC) (845), William Jessup (847), and Marymount College (847). Other schools included Cal State San Marcos (851), Arizona Christian (854), and The Master's College (855).
Whittier fell just short against Simpson Uni. (887), Pomona-Pitzer (884), and Cal Lutheran (882).
The Poets put together their best tournament thus far this season led by junior transfer Alex Valadez (Anaheim, Calif.) who strung together the three best rounds of his career with a 74-74-71, which placed him 33rd and with his final score moved up 17 spots.
Junior transfer Tyler Bliss (Glendora, Calif.) bounced back strong after his first round 76 to go 74-71 finishing 44th. Poet No. 1, Nicholas Medeiros (Riverside, Calif.) came out firing on the first day with rounds of 74-72 but fell back 11 spots after a 77 on the final day.
Junior transfer Tyler Hoefferle (San Dimas, Calif.) was unlucky with an 81 on the second round but managed to squeeze in a 74-73 on the other two days to finish 61st.
Max Meisenheimer (Newport Beach, Calif.) was the final Poet to score and despite shooting an 82-80 over two rounds saw his score used of a 79 on the second round to help the Poets to a record low.