Men’s Golf finishes fifth at SCIAC Championships
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HEMET, Calif. - Whittier shot a 303 (+6) led by the round of 73 (+1) from Greg Garcia. The Poets took over sole possession of sixth place at the 2012 SCIAC Championships at Diamond Valley Golf Club on Monday.
Whittier finished with a 36-hole score of 602 (+26) only five strokes back of Claremont-M-S who finished 4th. The Poets swapped spots with Occidental in fifth after finishing day one of the SCIAC Championships in sixth.
The Purple & Gold for the second straight year finished in 5th place in the SCIAC Championships but scored six points higher this year than their 608 from a year ago. La Verne won its sixth straight SCIAC title by virtue of its finish at the conference championship competition.
Both Doug Kennedy and Garcia led the Poets tying for 13th place during the event. Kennedy went from being tied for fifth (71) after the first day to shooting +9 over on the front nine on day two finishing with a 79 for the day. Garcia who shot a 77 on day one of the Championships bounced back yesterday to shoot a 73 finishing tied for the third lowest score of the round.
Mark Alvarez rounded out the top three Poet competitors finishing tied for 17th with a combined score of 151 shooting a 76 on day one and a 75 on day two.
Ricky Macias stayed even with his play over both rounds finishing the second day of the Championships with a 75 (+7) for a total of 154 that moved him into 22nd.
Matt Liotta-Butterworth had the second biggest jump between his two rounds jumping up three spots from a 79 to a 76 to finish the SCIAC Championships with a 155.
Andrew Moreno-Hunt rounded out the top six for the Purple & Gold and finished at 81 (+10) on the day and placed 32nd overall over the two day competition.
Derek Zachman of La Verne won the event with a 3-under par, 141. He was followed by 2010-11 SCIAC Champion Brad Shigezawa (CMS) who finished in 2nd at 3 under par and Bobby Holden from Redlands who shot a 1 under par to finish in 3rd.
Whittier concludes their 2012 season in 5th place in the SCIAC Standings and look to build upon a successful year where they finished ranked 34th in the country but look to rebuild after losing seniors Alvarez, Kennedy,