The Chapman men’s golf team took fifth in last week’s three-day Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship in Whittier.
Chapman has finished in fifth place all three years that the Panthers have been in the conference.
“I think we improved as the tournament went on,” said senior Kent Paisley. “Wind is a pretty big factor in golf, and it wasn’t too windy on day one, but we didn’t play particularly well. On day three… the wind didn’t pick up until like 10 or so, so (we were) able to get more holes in while the wind was very low. We clearly took advantage of that.”
Sophomore Brian Wise earned a spot in the top 20 individual golfers in the tournament with a score of 233, while Paisley finished just four strokes behind Wise at 237.
“It’s been fun watching Brian Wise come up through the ranks,” Paisley said. “Brian this weekend played through a lot of sickness and definitely shouldn’t have been there, but he played the best for our team and that was a really gritty effort. That’s the sort of effort our team needs to accomplish our goals of making it to nationals.”
La Verne’s Kelby Scharmann was crowned conference champion with a score of 208.
Sophomore Chuck Pedone came flying out of the gates on day one to represent the Panthers in sixth place overall on the individual charts. But a rougher second day saw him shoot 20 over par, falling to 29th in the standings.
“It’s a good sign for Chapman (golf’s) future that four scorers accounted for in the final round were not seniors,” Paisley said. “There’s only one senior next year, and this team’s got a two-year window to accomplish what we failed to do last year, when is when we had our best shot to make nationals.”