The SCIAC men’s golf season got underway this weekend despite rains and tough playing conditions at the Brookside Golf Club where Cal Lutheran swung its way to an eighth place finish with 615 (+39) strokes over 36 holes.
Eight members of the Cal Lutheran men’s golf team suited up on a sunny Southern California afternoon to play a dual match with Chapman. All student-athletes competed as individuals at the Tierra Rejada Golf Course, one of the main CLU practice courses.
A two-day, three-round event to open the spring for Cal Lutheran men’s golf took place on the Shadowridge Golf Course beneath gray, cloudy, rainy skies at the Cal State University, San Marcos Fujikura Invitational where the Kingsmen finished 12th in a field of Division I, II and III opponents on Monday and Tuesday.
An equal number of returning student-athletes and incoming players make up the 2016-17 Cal Lutheran men’s golf team of 16. After the loss of three of the starting five from a year ago, this season will serve as a rebuilding year for a young team.
In the final tournament of the fall schedule, the Cal Lutheran men’s golf team tied for fifth overall at the Al Jones Memorial Invitational on Monday. The Kingsmen shot consistent rounds of 299 and 300 for a team total of 599 (+23) at the Hollytree Golf Club while Nate Graytied for third overall to lead the Violet and Gold.
In the first of two tournaments this fall, the Cal Lutheran men’s golf team took fifth place at the California State Intercollegiate held at Diamond Valley Golf Club on Monday and Tuesday. The Kingsmen combined for a 36-hole total of 598 (+22) after a first round total of 297 (+9) followed by a second round score of 301 (+13).
Cal Lutheran junior Nate Gray reeled in Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar honors last week for the first time of his career. Gray was one of 41 Division III golfers to be named to the list that also featured Division I, II and NAIA players.
The 2015-16 academic year was a memorable one for the Cal Lutheran athletics department. With 430 student-athletes occupying 460 roster spots, a number of milestones were met including the first NCAA Division III National title in school history, which was achieved by the women’s volleyball team, and an individual national champion crowned to round out the year.