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CHINO, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Golf team wrapped up their 2017 schedule last week as they finished 8th at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships.
Student-athletes played the Los Serranos South course, which totaled 6992 yards as a par-72, in each of the three rounds. The weather for the tournament was comfortable in the mid-to-high 70's with a nice cloud cover and breeze.
Whittier had a rough start shooting a 317 on Day 1 but bounced back in the second round to shoot a 302 jumping ahead of Chapman University. But on the final 18, the Purple & Gold dropped again with a 311 moving them back into 8th with a three day total of 930.
They were close to catching Chapman who shot a 921 but couldn't catch the Top 6, which included Claremont-M-S (871), Redlands (882), La Verne (889), Occidental (895), Cal Lutheran (896), and Pomona-Pitzer (910).
Junior Tyler Bliss (Glendora, Calif.) led the Purple & Gold jump-started by an opening round 73, which put him in the Top 5 to start the Championships. But he would drop over the final two rounds with a 76-82, which placed him 27th.
Lone senior Max Meisenheimer (Newport Beach, Calif.) put together a strong three days in his final tournament of his collegiate career. After an opening round 84 he bounced back to shoot a 77 before putting together one of his best rounds of his career with a 73 that put him in a tie for 32nd.
Teammate Nicholas Medeiros (Riverside, Calif.) fell in that tie with Meisenheimer in 32nd. He shot a 79 on Day 1 before putting up a +1 73 but couldn't do it on the final round as he went 82.
Tyler Hoefferle (San Dimas, Calif.) was the fourth Poet finisher winding up in 36th despite battling injury. He went 82 on Day 1 before rounding out the three days with a 76-77.
Alex Valadez (Anaheim, Calif.) was the last Poet to finish coming in 44th as he fought with the flu over the three days. He went 83-81 before coming up with a 79 on the final day but it wasn't enough to push the Poets into 7th.