Both golf teams bring home top-three finishes

Both the men’s and women’s golf teams from Sonoma State University brought home honorable accomplishments this past week in their respective tournaments. The men’s team was crowned champions of the San Bernardino Coyote Invitational while the women’s team squared off against some of the best golf teams from across the country in the St. Edward’s Invitational in Austin, Texas. Senior Sarah Rotter highlighted the team’s third place finish with a hole-in-one. 

The men’s golf team setthe Arrowhead Golf Club in San Bernardino ablaze taking home the tournament win. This victory was the team’s first tournament championship and the second top-three finish of the spring. 

“Our performance last week was a good week to win and a huge confidence booster,” said Justin Shulker. “ We played well when we needed to and thats really all that counts.” 

 Nicholas Daniels led the team scoring one-under-par at 212 (68-74-70) for the tournament, finishing third among all players in competition.  Daniels had his best collegiate round of golf last Monday with a score of 68, beating his previous best of 70.  

Shlukler scored a 221 (+8) finishing in a tie for 17th overall.  Spencer Clapp ended in a tie for 10th place with a (72-76-70) adding to 218, only 5 strokes over-par. Brandon Lee tied for 8th place with a score of 73-72-72 adding to 217, four-above-par.  

Runner-up Cal State East Bay (870; +18) finished six lengthy strokes behind the Seawolves.  Host team Cal State San Bernardino (871; +19) couldn’t defend their course and fell to third place.  

Everything’s bigger in Texas but, luckily for the Seawolves, the smallest score is the one that counts. 

As for the women’s team, Sarah Rotter drilled an amazing hole-in-one on the seventh hole. “Im still in shock it went in. It took one bounce and hopped right in the hole,” said Rotter, “My coach was there with me when it happened and we both looked at each other in disbelief.”

Rotter used the ace to slim her score to only three-over-par in the last round, placing her in third for the tournament individually.  Rotter scored a total of 148 (+8) for both rounds. 

The Seawolves secured a third-place overall finish at the St. Edward’s Invitational tournament.  

Alexis Hayes scored 79 and 77 in her rounds for a sum of 156 (+16), ending in a tie for 23rd place.  Samantha Oliva scored 82 and 75, 17-over-par in a tie for 28th place.  Haley Whitbeck finished 18-over-par in 31st place and Erin Martens finished 19-over-par.  

They competed amongst 80 female golfers from different schools in different states.  Among the 15 schools, Sonoma State finished third place with a total of 611, 14 strokes behind champion Florida Tech and just four shots behind second place Indianapolis.  

“Our goal was to beat all teams in our region,” said Rotter. “With our third place finish as a team, it helped our regional ranking and we played really well”

The men’s golf team will be competing this week in the Tierney Pioneer Shootout in Vallejo at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club.  The women will be in the same tournament on the same course next Monday and Tuesday, March 7 and 8.