Preview: Golf

The men’s golf team will have the opportunity to play in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championship for the first time in late April. If the Panthers win the post-season championship, they will move on to play in the NCAA tournament.

“It’s an ultra tough competition,” said Head Coach Zach Wheatley. “But I see no reason why we’re not in the top half at the worst.”

Top returner Lyon Lazare and five new players will be driving and putting for Chapman this year.

“The core nucleus is back this year, and two freshmen are going to be solid: Nick Gates and Sam Shifman,” Wheatley said. “We play six guys in the matches so hopefully they can place.”

The SCIAC has a strong hold in the standings for the NCAA golf tournament, with eight of the nine schools having golf teams and half of those teams having participation in the tournament in the last few years, Wheatley said.

Senior Addison De Vone said the team is committed to improving this season.

“This year is different because we all go to the gym now, so we are really strong,” he said.

As for goals for the season, Wheatley said he hoped for season-long top conference scores.

“A goal for the team is for every match to be in the low to mid-70s,” Wheatley said.

De Vone had a different focus.

“I’m going to try and play every round with the same golf ball without losing it,” he said.

Chapman does not have a women’s golf team, but is expected to add one by the 2015-16 academic year.

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