Sonoma State University’s men’s team golf opened up its third tournament of the 2015 fall season last week, hosting the Sonoma State Invitational at Foxtail Golf Course in Rohnert Park. The Seawolves were looking to build off their previous tournament, where they finished in an impressive fourth place.
13 golf teams competed in the Sonoma State Invitational with a total of 69 golfers representing their universities from all across California. The Seawolves would look to defend their home course.
Since Sonoma State was the host team, the Seawolves had the unique opportunity to have all ten of their golfers feature their skills in their home tournament.
The 10 golfers were split into two teams of five. Each team ended up competing against each other for a top five finish.
The Sonoma State “Blue” team shot a superb 872 total over the three day tournament, which was good enough to come in first place overall, crowning the Sonoma State “Blue” team champions of the Sonoma State Invitational.
Junior Justin Shulker led the way for the Sonoma State “Blue” team. Shulker put together a primetime performance, posting a score of 217 in the three day tournament. Shulker started out shooting a 71, followed up with a 76 on day two. On day three, he shot a 70 -2 under par, which was the Seawolves’ team low for the tournament. Shulker’s low scoring put him high on top of the leader board, finishing in fourth place overall.
Seniors Nicholas Daniels, Brandon Lee and sophomore Matthew Sterling filled out the rest of the Sonoma State “Blue” team. Sterling shot a 221 at a +5 mark. Daniels contributed with a 223 +7 and right behind him was teammate Lee, who shot a 224 +8 for the tournament.
Representing the Sonoma State “White” team were juniors Chase Dossa and Mathew Potter, sophomores Taylor Manna and Ian Hoffman and freshman Spencer Clapp.
Dossa had the best day for the “White” team shooting a 71 on day one, followed with steady scores of 72 and 76 finishing with a 219 for the tournament and placing 11th place overall. Right behind Dossa was teammate Clapp, who shot a 220, placing in 15th. Ian Hoffmann and Taylor Manna rounded out the Seawolves’ “White” team placing in 33rd and 39th.
The Seawolves’ “White” team displayed an admirable showing in the tournament, shooting a 885 total, only 13 strokes behind the Sonoma State “Blue” team. The score of 885 was good enough to put the Seawolves “White” team tied for third place with William Jessup University.
Senior Brandon Lee shot a team high of 38 pars for the tournament. Along with fellow seniors Kenny Maroney and Nicholas Daniels, who dropped in 10 birdies each.
Sophomore Ian Hoffman and Kenny Maroney knocked in two of the six eagles that happened in the Sonoma State Invitational.
The Sonoma State men’s golf team will cap off its 2015 fall season on Oct. 19th in Seaside, at the CSUMB Otter Invitational.