The ball is rolling for Sonoma State University’s men’s golf going into theCCAA men’s golf championship tournament. The golf team finished under par at the 43rd Annual Hanny Stanilaus Invitational, Winning individual battles, but not quite the war as the Seawolves took second place out of 16 teams in the tournament. With this second place performance the Seawolves slide to No. 24in the national polls.
Hosted by Stanislaus State, the Seawolves held their own at the Turlock Golf and Country Club. One of the oldest country clubs in the Central California Valley. The Hanny Invitational was the first tournament that the Seawolves have finished under par since the CCAA championship in 2013. Finishing seven under par at 857, the Seawolves fall just seven strokes short to the top-ranked Chico State.
An impressive showing from junior Justin Shluker, penciling in a career best of 65 in the first round, Shluker came in at first for the tournament by three strokes.
“The past tournament was great for Justin. I’m glad to see him succeed and take home his first individual title,” said freshman Spencer Clapp.
Shluker’s first round of 65 ties for the fourth lowest round in Sonoma State men’s golf history.
“This is great fuel for our team heading Regionals and also great confidence for our team heading into the fall season,” said Clapp.
Shluker ended the day with a 207 (-9) to get his first collegiate tournament title. But that’s not all, with 16 birdies, Shluker ties for the most tournament birdies with Dominican University’s Jake Quast.
Shluker placed number one out of 88 players. Scoring rounds of 65 (-7), 71 (-1), and 71 (-1). Shluker beat both runner up contestants Alister Docher and Le Gearhart by three strokes which left them with 210 (-6). Both of these runner-ups play for tournament champion Chico State.
Not far behind, senior Brandon Lee took the fourth place position.
With a five under par at 211, Lee matches a career best in a 54 hole tournament. Scoring rounds of 70 (-2), 72, and 69 (-3), Lee scored second lowest for the Seawolves.With rounds of 71 (-1), 77 (+4), 74 (-2) senior Nicholas Daniels totaled 222 (+6) to tie for the 38th place in the tournament.
The men of Sonoma State held strong, finishing four shots ahead of trailing third place Stanislaus State with final scores of 867 (-3). Followed by Cal State Monterey for fourth place, claiming scores of 867 (+3). Taking the last top five position, Dominican rounded 868 (+4) in the 16 team tournament.
“I’m very excited to be playing in conference. I feel like our team has a great chance at making it to Match play,” said Clapp.
Sonoma State now focuses on the CCAA men’s golf championship.
The tournament will take place Monday through Wednesday in Napa at the Silverado Resort and Spa. The tournament will begin with two 18 hole rounds on Monday, followed by the semifinal medal-match on Tuesday and Wednesday.