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CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Golf team hosted the second Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Tournament this past weekend at Industry Hills Golf Course placing 8th with a two-day total of 671 (331-340).
Claremont-M-S won the team title with a (297-300-597) coming back to edge La Verne (289-311-600). Redlands had the best performance on Sunday but had too big of a hole as the Bulldogs finished 3rd with a 309-297-306.
Freshman Justin McGrath (Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.) led the Purple & Gold shooting a 165. He started off slow with an 84 on Day 1 but was able to bounce back with an 81 to finish 38th. Freshman Roman Aragon (La Palma, Calif.) was the second finisher taking 40th. He posted a strong 82 but couldn't duplicate it as he went 86 to round out the two-day event.
Ryan Turnbull-Ward (Perth, West Australia) had the low score after Day 1 posting an 81 but also struggled on the second day posting an 88. Rounding out the rest of the Poet scorers were Vincent Brunet (Ottawa, Canada) (84-88), Salvador Hinojosa (Downey, Calif.) (88-85), and Nicholas Bernal (Huntington Park, Calif.) (89-95). They finished 45th, 46th, and 47th.
Ken Kong (CMS) was in the last grouping with Conner Davis of La Verne, who came into the day tied for the individual lead at 71. Davis, though, struggled with an 82 on Sunday, as Kong's scorecard provided a 12-stroke swing in the team standings as the final foursome to reach the clubhouse, turning a nine-stroke deficit into a three-stroke win.
Kong came into Sunday in a tie for third place, one shot back, after an opening round 72. He responded with by far the best round in the field with a -1 (70) to win by four strokes over Jake Rosen of Cal Lutheran. Kong stood at two-over after 10 holes, but responded with three birdies over his last eight, including one on 18 to come in under par for his round.
Whittier has two weeks off in preparation for the SCIAC Championships set for April 18-20. Occidental College is hosting the three-day event at Brookside Golf Club.