The men’s golf finished in fifth place at the 54-hole Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championship tournament on Tuesday afternoon at Oak Valley Golf Course.
The Panthers recorded a three round score of 964, shooting 312, 317, and 335 in consecutive days finishing 61 strokes behind Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, the SCAIC champion.
“The course isn’t easy,” said head coach Ming Lao. “It is sort of long, and with the wind and some of the pins, the course was playing really hard.”
In the first round, junior Giovanni Chiappano recorded the low score of the tournament for the Panthers, carding a 75 on the par 72 course.
On day two, the Panthers were hoping to make up some ground, but the course conditions were not did not improve, and Chapman fell further off the pace of the leaders as the wind picked up.
“The wind effects everything chipping, putting, distances,” Lao said. “It is so major nobody knows how to prepare.”
On the third day of competition, the wind picked-up again, making the course nearly unplayable.
“It was blowing like 20, 30, 40 miles an hour gusts out there today,” Lao said. “Everybody got punished, it’s just difficult.”
The low score of the third round for the Panthers was recorded by junior Steven Meyer, who shot a 79, and was the only player on the team to post a score in the 70s on the final day.
“My short game was able to make up for the wind, I only had 26 putts,” Meyer said.
The three-day overall low for Chapman was 241 recorded by both senior Rohan Bahri and Steven Meyer.
“The course was hard, if you were downwind you couldn’t keep the ball on the green,” Meyer said. “You have to have good course management and keep the ball in play because there is trouble everywhere.”
The overall winner of the tournament was Claremont’s Brad Shigezawa, who posted a three-day total of 212 (-4), and was the only player in the field to shoot under par for the tournament. Shigezawa won by 10 strokes over second place finisher Bobby Holden from Redlands, who posted a 222 carrying his team to a second place finish.
With the fifth place finish, the Panthers were effectively eliminated from any further postseason play such as the national tournament.
“It was on the radar if we were to play really good and beat certain teams, more specifically Cal Lu, it would justify our at-large bid,” Lao said. “But we couldn’t manage that.”