CHINO HILLS, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Golf team faced a tough field during the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships but managed to battle over the three days.
They finished the three-day event at Los Serranos Golf Club shooting a 902, which included rounds of 307-295-300.
After day one they sat in 8th place but managed to come back with their second lowest team round on the season, which bumped them up two spots into 6th. But after a 300 over the final round, they would drop a spot into 7th.
The Poets were able to top Occidental College (915) and were three shots off of Chapman University (899) and eleven shots off of Pomona-Pitzer (891), who each finished 6th and 5th, respectively.
Alex Valadez (Anaheim, Calif.) led the Purple & Gold and saved his best tournament for last tearing up the South course shooting a 76 on day one before finishing with career lows of 71-72 placing him 9th overall.
Nicholas Medeiros (Riverside, Calif.) strung together three nice rounds as well going 77 on day one before posting a 72-75 finishing 19th.
Tyler Hoefferle (San Dimas, Calif.) had a tough opening round at a 78 but fought back to improve each round after that with a 75-72 putting him 23rd.
The long ball hitter, Tyler Bliss (Glendora, Calif.) was the fourth Poet to score going low with a 76-77 over the first two rounds but couldn't keep it going as he would post an 81 on day three dropping him to 38th.
Freshman Martin Bedino (Argentina) had his breakout tournament of the season showing poise over the three days with an 81-80-81 placing 46th. Teammate Tiger Fawaz (San Bernardino, Calif.) finished right behind in 47th but went with an 82-86-85.