Justin Shluker led the Seawolves to their fourth consecutive Sonoma State University Invitational victory at Foxtail golf course, shooting a season low of 66 in Tuesday’s final round. En route to capturing their fourth SSU Invitational title in the corresponding amount of years, the Seawolves shot an 857 (-7) 20 points ahead of the runner up Cal State East Bay.
Shluker and his teammates came in expecting to win, and they did just that.
”We knew coming in that we had to play well and win this tournament to move up in the rankings,” said Shluker. Although they’re coming off a big victory, the Seawolves know there is still work to do.
“We felt as though we played really well in the first and third round but the second round continues to be something we need to work on as a group,” he said. “This group of guys play foxtail really well and we had been playing well up into the tournament so we knew we had some positive momentum.”
Shluker’s 54 hole total 205 is the lowest score in SSU Golf history for anyone other than former star golfer Jarin Todd. Factoring in Todd, Shluker’s week earned him the third lowest score in the 14-year history of the Sonoma State men’s golf team.
“I felt really good about my performance,” said Shluker. “There is still some improving to do all around but it is great to be compared with someone like Jarin.”
Along with Shluker, golfers Spencer Clapp, Chase Dossa, Devin Gregg and Ian Hoffman all had solid performances.
Clapp finished the week at par, earning himself a top five finish in the tournament. Chris Dossa turned in a 220 (+4), Devin Gregg a 222 (+6) and Ian Hoffman a 224 (+8), all earning themselves top 20 finishes.
The team’s stroke total of 857 is 15 strokes better than last year’s Foxtail record-setting 872. The rest of the field finished as follows: Cal State East Bay recorded a 877 (+13) for the week to finish second, followed by Dominican (881; +17) in third, Cal State Dominguez Hills (885; +21) in fourth and Holy Names and William Jessup tied for fifth with an 894 (+30). Notre Dame de Namur (898; +34), Redlands (913; +49), Academy of Art (925; +61) and Chapman (968; +104).
Sonoma looks to finish strong as they head to the Otter invitational next week, the last tournament for the fall season.
“The Monterey tournament is going to be a very good tournament to see what we need to work on in our offseason,” said Shluker, the CCAA golfer of the week. “The field is stacked and we need to play really well in order to put ourselves into contention. We just need to keep our momentum going and play well down there.” The team will take the winter off after the Otter Invitational before returning to action in February.