Golf team places third in first tournament of spring

Vasilios Loufas

Staff Writer

 

The Sonoma State men’s golf team hit the fairways in the East-West Invitational last Monday and Tuesday at The Course at Wente Vineyards in Livermore. Justin Shluker led the way for the Seawolves and earned the team a respectable third place finish.  

The course proved to be a difficult one for the Seawolves as they began the second day in fourth place.  But, by the time the day concluded, Sonoma State would put a solid score of 302 as a team, which would be sufficient enough to bump them up to a third place with Western Washington.

“It was a good tournament to start off the year at a very challenging golf course,” said Shluker. “Although we had hoped to play better, we know we have to stick to our process and take one tournament at a time.

Shluker paved the way for the Seawolves, ending with a score of 227 (73-76-78), 11-over-par. Senior Brandon Lee’s 229 (+13) finish was enough to earn him a 14th finish in the invitational with scores of 75, 80, and 74. Both Spencer Clapp and Nicholas Daniels finished with a 234, 18-over-par, which had them tied for 18th overall by the end of the tourney.  

Senior Kenny Maroney went (81-81-73), ending the final day with a team-leading score of 73. His full score added to 235, 19-over-par, placed Maroney in 21st place overall.  

The Seawolves were only one stroke behind second place finisher Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and eight strokes behind tournament champion Saint Martin’s.  The tournament featured 55 golfers from different colleges. 

“We went in believing we could win and that is what we need to do at every tournament we enter,” said Shulker. “We need to continue to work hard and the results will show. As a team really look forward to competing in every event we play while continuing to contend in each tournament as well.”  

Sonoma State started its second tournament of the season at the Coyote Classic in San Bernardino yesterday and will continue today asthey hope to out shoot the tournament host Cal State San Bernardino and ten other NCAA Division II schools at the Arrowhead Country Club.