Veteran senior Brandon Lee paired up with rising freshman Spencer Clapp to lead the Sonoma State men’s golf team to back-to-back victories. This power pairing led the Seawolf pack to a first-place finish at the Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout.
Last Monday and Tuesday the Seawolves took home the crystal trophy over nine other teams at the par-71 Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo.
“I do believe the win from last week carried over into this week,” said Junior Justin Shluker. “We were very confident and hopefullyit will carry over into the rest of the spring season.”
The Seawolves needed to play more aggressive in the previous week at San Bernardino to secure its victory. However, patience was a virtue this week at Hiddenbrooke. “I believe as a team we were very good at letting the birdies come to us instead of trying to get after it,” said Shluker.
Moderation and perseverance played a major key on the course for Shluker’s teammate Spencer Clapp.
“I played very conservative this week. I kept driver in the bag for most of the tournament,” said Clapp. “I focused on playing my own game.”
Cal State East Bay not only hosted this tournament but also gave the Seawolves a run for their money. The battle on the links came down to the end of a long two days wherethe Seawolves prevailed with a score of 871 (+19), while the Pioneers with an 879 (+27), 8 scores behind Sonoma State, captured the runner-up spot.
Cal State East Bay made a comeback in Tuesday’s final round, shooting 294 (+10) to slash eight strokes off their deficit, but the Seawolves remained ahead witha big lead in the second round with a low 282 (-2) for the day.
Brandon Lee came in second out of 54 other golfers, scoring an impressive 69-72-72 totaling a score of 213 for the tournament.
By the end of Monday, Clapp had scored the fifth-lowest round in the Sonoma State golf program’shistory. Clapp’s score was also good for a tournament low. Clapp’s final score of 70-66-79, earned him sixth place individually.
“I felt like my course strategy was one of the things that helped me create the big lead I had going into the final round,” said Clapp.
Shluker placed ninth at the end of the two days, bringing in a 72-71-74--217 (+4). Ian Hoffman scored a 76-74-77--227 (+14) and tied for 20th on the day. Nicolas Daniels tied for 22nd with totals of 76-73-79--228 (+15).
The Seawolves are not letting their win streak get in front of its main goal; bringing home a national championship to Sonoma State.
“Although it is nice to get these wins, we still have lots of work to do and improve over these coming weeks to prepare for postseason play including conference, regionals and nationals,” said Shluker.
Seeking a three-peat, the Seawolves will take a week off from competition before participating in the Notre Dame de Namur Invitational at the Poppy Ridge Golf Club in Livermore on Mar. 14-15.