The Sonoma State University men’s golf team came up victorious in this past week’s Hanny Stanislaus Invitational golf tournament in Turlock, California at the Turlock Golf and Country Club this week on Monday and Tuesday.
The men’s golf team proved it is willing to make the big shots when necessary, which helped lead it towards the big tournament win. The Seawolves ended their regular season this past week with a big victory that will help secure an opening spot for the conference playoffs in the coming weeks.
As a team, Sonoma State had a score of 875 (+11) that pushed it past rival Chico State, who finished in second place at 876 (+12). Concordia University placed in a tie for second place at 876 (+12) and Dominican University came in fourth with a score of 879 (+15).
Sonoma State was lead by senior Justin Shluker, who finished the tournament with the scores of 72, 73, and 73 for a total score of 218 (+2) in the overall 54-hole event.
After getting off to a fast start shooting as a team on Monday’s opening round, the men’s team got into the second round by edging out Chico State by one stroke before the start of round two. After round two, the Seawolves fell to second place after falling behind five strokes behind the Chico State wildcats after the second round of the tournament.
Lead by Colby Dean, Chico State pulled forward past the Seawolves with a score of 68 after round two, which brought Chico to a five-stroke lead going into the third round of the tournament. Dean was a sharpshooter in this week’s past tournament by staying on top at number one for individual scores for the tournament and kept Chico alive until the third round of competition.
After falling in round two, Sonoma State was able to bounce back in round three after a pulling off a very close 1-stroke lead to top off the end of the round.
Other notable players in the spotlight were Seawolf players, junior Ian Hoffman and sophomore Spencer Clapp, who both shot a 220 (+4). Hoffman lead the tournament with 39 pars within a lineup of 84 players, Clapp was one of the co-leaders at the end of round one with a shot score of 68, which helped put the Seawolves in a good spot for the rest of the tournament.
This tournament win will be second team title for the Seawolves during the 2016-2017 season. The last tournament win this season was on Oct. 10-11 at the Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park, California.
The team, still in high spirits after finding out Sonoma was at No.7 in the West Region, realizes it needs to remain in the Top 10 so it can secure a spot in their fifth straight NCAA Tournament Appearance, as well as their 11th appearance in the last 12 years.
The Seawolves will now look forward to the upcoming CCAA Golf Championships set for April 24-26 at the Industry Hills Golf Club.