On Monday and Tuesday this week, both the men and women’s golf teams from SFU competed in tournaments in California. The men travelled to Jurupa Valley to compete in the The Joust at Goose Creek tournament, while the women travelled to Pebble Beach to compete in the Otter Invitational. The men finished with a solid third-place finish at their tournament, while the Otter Invitational was unfortunately shortened due to rain.
For the men, the standout athletes were definitely Chris Crisologo and Scott Kerr, both finishing with top 10 finishes over the two days. Kerr finished in fourth with one over-par, with rounds of 71, 71, and 69 on the par-70 course. Right behind him was Crisologo, who kept the seventh-place position he held after day one through Tuesday. Crisologo shot rounds of 70, 72, and 70, for a final score of 212, just one stroke behind Kerr, and two over par. The highlight of the event was an eagle that Crisologo shot during the tournament.
To round out the team were SFU’s Marcus Brown, Sy Lovan, and Ryan Stolys. Brown (72-69-83) had a rough final round to hurt his chances of finishing in the top ten, and tied with Lovan (74-76-74) with a final score of 224, good for 47th place. Stolys (74-75-84) finished with a score of 233, good for 82nd place out of 104 golfers.
The men’s team would finish in third place out of seven teams with a final score of 870. They were 12 strokes behind second-place Chico State and 20 behind first place (and home team) California Baptist. They also finished just two strokes ahead of Colorado-CO Springs. Colin Prater from Colorado-CO Springs won the tournament with a final score of 204 (six under par) shooting rounds of 67, 70, and 67.
For the women’s team, the tournament was unfortunately cut short due to rain. They faced tough competition, with six of the 20 teams in the tournament being nationally ranked, but still came out with an 11th-place finish. “We knew the weather was going to be tough and they embraced the conditions today,” said SFU head coach Matt Steinbach to SFU Athletics, adding, “I’m very proud of the way they managed themselves out there and it’s unfortunate that we were not able to complete the tournament.”
Since the tournament only lasted 18 holes, it’s difficult to know exactly how it may have played out. Estee Leung led the Clan, shooting 76 on the par 71 course (finishing five over par), and tied for 24th place. Unofficially, she also posted a 74 on the second day, including an eagle 3 on the last hole, but due to not every golfer being able to finish the course, the score was erased.
Emily Leung, Belinda Lin, and Michelle Waters all finished with 79 strokes (eight over par), tied for 54th place. To round out the team, Erin Farner finished with 88 strokes (17 over par), in 108th place.
Both teams will next compete on April 2 and April 3, as the men travel to Goodyear, Arizona to compete in the Mustang Intercollegiate, and the women travel to Rohnert Park, California to compete in the Sonoma State Spring Invitational.