Chapman men’s golf team participated in The Masters Invitational tournament at Robinson Ranch early this week, notching in a fourth place finish with a total score of 908.
The five players with the lowest average score on the season were selected to represent Chapman in the tournament, and the best four scores were taken from each round.
“We can do so much better, in sports you can always do better,” said junior Giovanni Chiappano. “This is absolutely, not even close to our best.”
Players said that the course, while beautiful, presented a number of obstacles.
“The course is tough,” Chiappano said. “If you don’t hit it in the fairway, you are for sure in a hazard.”
Head coach Ming Lao took notice of the many difficulties of the course as well.
“The flagsticks were in very difficult places, a lot of trouble,” Lao said. “And the course was lengthened.”
While many players found these challenges hard to overcome, senior Rohan Bahri took exception to the greens.
“The greens were running really slow,” Bahri said. “I was finally able to make a lot of putts.”
Bahri, after the three rounds of play, came in tied for third place by individual scoring standards posting a 3 round total score of 221 only seven strokes off of the low individual.
“He is our senior. I really count on his scores being very stable and good,” Lao said. “He is a tremendous asset to the team.”
The three rounds in two days took its toll on players and their scores, as the tournament progressed.
“We were all really, really tired,” Chiappano said. “It wasn’t so physically terrible, it was more mentally exhausting.”
Cal State University San Marcos won the tournament posting scores of 302-289-301, giving it a winning total of 892. Chapman’s inter-conference rival California Lutheran posted the two low individual totals for the tournament, with Mikey McGinn and Alex Hird shooting 214 and 218 respectively.
Chapman will play its next match against Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Pomona-Pitzer March 13, at home course Tustin Ranch.
“It’s our home track. We know the ins and outs,” Ming said. “We haven’t had that knowledge at the places we have gone (so far).”