Men's golf swings into action

The Sonoma State University men’s golf team swung into the fall season at last week’s Dr. John Johnson Invitational hosted by Cal State Domiguez Hills.

Last season the men’s golf team was able to finish the 2015-2016 season with an average team score of 293.94 (+7). Going into this tournament, the Seawolves opened up the season with some individual wins, along with a strong placing as an overall team. 

On Monday, the Seawolves were able to tie for third after completing the first two rounds. 

After the third and final round played on Tuesday, the Seawolves moved up to steal the second place spot. The Seawolves were able to finish up the tournament with a cumulative score of 887 (+35), putting them 17 shots back from UC San Diego.

Senior Justin Shluker had an outstanding game, firing rounds 75, 73 and 71 to tally a 54-hole total of 219. Shluker had a six-over-par, which helped him finish a tie for fourth, and essentially lead Sonoma State to grab the second place spot. 

“I just tried to play the best I could for the team. Although this is a very individual sport, when we go out to a tournament, it is strictly for the team. We all want to do our best as we can for our team and let the individual results take care of themselves,” Shluker said. 

Freshman Devin Gregg was able to tie for ninth in his first collegiate tournament. Gregg carded a 72, 78 and 71 reaching a total score of 221(+8). 

“I felt pretty calm, which is weird because I was expecting to be pretty nervous. I look forward to consistently shooting lower scores and continuing to get better in order to help our team,” Gregg said about his first game of the season.

Junior Ian Hofmann was able to tie for fourteenth after carding a 72, 78, and 74 for a three-round score total of 224 (+11). 

“I would say the ninth hole was the hardest because it was a narrow hole and was hard to pick a club to hit off the tee. It was short hole, but had a lot trouble on both sides,” Hofmann said. 

“We are working on taking the right club off the tee and making confident swings.”

Both Shluker and Hofmann mentioned this past tournament was an important course and great learning experience at this course in particular, as the Conference Championship will be held there this coming April.

After keeping up to par with this week’s tournament, the Seawolves will now adventure north to Washington for another tournament on Sept. 23-24. 

“We are looking forward to competing again as we are going to be playing in two tournaments while up in Washington,” Shluker said. “Some really good teams will be there so it will be a good test for us and it will tell us what we need to work on.”

The men are looking forward to facing off Saint Martin’s Invitational on Sept. 23 and Sept. 24. 

Later in the weekend, the team will beheading further up north to Western Washington Invitational on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27.  They look to add to their hot start.