Golf in fifth after first day of SCIAC championships

The Chapman men’s golf team finished the first day of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships in fifth place Sunday at Oak Valley Golf Course.

The Panthers shot a first round 312, and trail Claremont Mudd-Scripps (290), La Verne (291), Redlands (292) and California Lutheran (306).

“It’s all about going low,” said junior Giovanni Chiappano. “Do it now or go home, so we have to play our heart out.”

The low round for the Panthers belonged to Chiappano who recorded a 75 on the par 72 course.

“I was able to keep the ball in the fairway, which helps with a course like this,” Chiappano said. “And I was able to hit quite a few greens in regulation.”

The overall low score was a 68 recorded by Brad Shigezawa of Claremont and Alec Spencer from La Verne.

“The greens were extremely fast, which made it hard,” Chiappano said. “Everybody who had a problem today was on the greens.”

The 54-hole SCIAC Championships started on Sunday at noon, but Monday and Tuesday’s rounds will be played at 7 a.m., providing the Panthers two days to make up ground on the rest of the conference.

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