Men’s golf team place fifth in CCAA Golf Championship

The Sonoma State University men’s golf team headed to the City of Industry, California to take part in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship series, where it played in the first and second rounds of the tournament on Monday and the final round on Tuesday. The Seawolves finished in fifth overall out of nine teams, playing at the challenging Industry Hills Golf Club course.

 Justin Shluker, senior from Park City, Utah, and Ian Hofmann, junior from Redding, California, both played exceptionally well, each shooting 74 in the first round and 73 in the second. This sent Sonoma State into Tuesday’s final round, where the team ended with an overall score of (599; +31), leaving it in fifth place at the 2017 CCAA Men’s Golf Championship. After playing the first and second rounds on Monday, Sonoma State’s Chase Dossa and Spencer Clapp tied for 26th place, scoring (153; +11). Devin Gregg tied for 34th place as he shot (157; +15).

 On Monday, Chico State finished in first place as they shot an overall (883; +31) and Stanislaus State ended in second as they fell one stroke short of tying Chico, shooting (884; +32). In third place, Cal State East Bay shot (890; +38) and Cal State Monterey Bay took fourth place, scoring (892; +40). The top four teams had the privilege of continuing play on Tuesday for the Medal/Match Play. Unfortunately, Sonoma State was unable to advance as it finished four strokes behind Cal State Monterey Bay in the final round of the CCAA semifinals.

 During the Medal/Match Play semifinals on Tuesday, the Cal State Monterey Bay Otters ended up defeating the Chico State Wildcats 3-1-1. The Stanislaus State Warriors went up against the Cal State East Bay Pioneers and Stanislaus came out with the victory 3-2. These two semifinal games led to the final matchup between the Otters and the Warriors. The Stanislaus State Warriors claimed the CCAA Men’s Golf Title for the third time in the past four years. The final score was 3.5 to 1.5 in the Medal/Match Play finals.

 Overall, Sonoma State had a fantastic season, finishing top 10 in most of the invitationals. The Seawolves victoriously took first place at both the Sonoma State Invitational in the fall and the Stanislaus State Invitational in the middle of April. Sadly, the team will miss two seniors, Dossa and Shluker, but Sonoma State will have seven returning players with great talent. Sonoma State has a bright future as they look forward to coming back stronger than ever next season.

 With a regional ranking of No. 7 in the West Region, the Seawolves will anxiously wait until they find what is in store for them in the NCAA Tournament. Sonoma State must remain in the Top 10 to qualify for the tournament. If it qualifies, it will be its fifth straight appearance, which it has participated in the last 11 out of 12 years. 

The Seawolves will find out if they qualify for the 2017 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship on Friday, which will be played in Stockton, California starting the week of Monday, May 22.