Men's Golf

Justin McGrath & Vincent Brunet lead Poets at SCIAC Championships

Justin McGrath & Vincent Brunet lead Poets at SCIAC Championships

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PASADENA, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Golf team ended their 2019 slate this weekend finishing 8th at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships.

The Purple & Gold shot a three-round total of 962 (+114) as they took on Brookside Golf Course.  The conference Championships consists of the cumulative rounds from SCIAC No. 1, SCIAC No. 2, and the SCIAC Championships totaling seven rounds.  Over the three-day event Whittier shot 315-334-313.

Junior transfer Vincent Brunet (Ottawa, Canada) posted the highest finish for WC breaking 80 twice.  He opened with a 77 but dropped a few spots after going with an 82.  Then wrapping up the three-day event he added one of his lowest rounds on the season with a 74 that placed him 30th overall.  Freshman Justin McGrath (Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.) was right on his heels finishing tied for 31st.  He led Whittier after Day 1 with a 76 but he too dropped following an 82 on Day 2.  But he was able to bounce back over the final 18 holes with a 77. 

Freshman Roman Aragon (La Palma, Calif.) had his opportunities as he posted two sub-80 rounds as well.  He started with a 79 before dropping to an 84.  But on the final day he was able to find it back with a 77 that put him in 38th.

Ryan Turnbull-Ward (Perth, West Australia) had a rough three days going 83-86-85 (+42) finishing 42nd and Salvador Hinojosa (Downey, Calif.) (83-96-85) and Ethan Wookey (Los Gatos, Calif.) (100-92-89) rounded out the scoring in 44th and 46th, respectively.

The University of La Verne won the overall event with an 877 (289-297-291).  They beat out Claremont-M-S by a stroke who finished with an 878 (278-301-299).  Mason Chiu from CMS was the individual winner posting a three day total of 209.  He went 63-71-75 going -3 for the tournament.           

The SCIAC Championships rounded out the spring play for the Poets.  They finished 8th in the final standings.