Sonoma State University men’s golf adopted the “Strength In Numbers” moniker last week as the team came roaring into a fourth place completion last week at in Southern California.
More than half of the squad placed in the 67th Annual Socal Intercollegiate Tournament, hosted by UC San Diego.
Lead by senior Chase Dossa, the team raced out to a first place standing after the first round. Senior Justin Shluker broke out the tournament with a scorching start, hitting a very solid 68, four under par, in the first round.
“Justin has been playing well for us in our previous tournaments,” Dossa said. “The 68 was a very good number to shoot. We’ve all had rounds where we play really well and then fall apart. Backing up a good number is one of the hardest things to do in golf.”
Being led by the seniors is a norm among sports, but two freshmen came firing out of the gates to help the team to a strong placing. Devin Gregg shot a 77-74-79 for the week and Isaiah Aguirre hit a similar 75-73-83 to place 39th and 41st, respectively.
The hot start slowed, unfortunately, and the team was forced to play catch up.
“We were a little disappointed in our final round performance. We learned a lot about what it takes to win next time,” Dossa said.
According to Dossa, he was very pleased of his freshmen stepping up to the par. Dossa said how inexperience doesn’t come in play when it comes to Gregg and Aguirre.
“They are a tremendous help to our success,” Dossa said. “They don’t play like freshmen. We don’t even have to worry about how they will play.”
Coming from a talented senior, that’s quite a compliment.
The team isn’t getting complacent with its success though.
With a seventh place standing in the Western Region, the Seawolves are almost guaranteed a spot in the playoffs.
The team will find out after their next tournament if it makes the conference playoffs.
The ‘Wolves will look to end the season on a strong note when it travels to Turlock to play in the Hannah Stanislaus Invitational on Monday and Tuesday.