BEAUMONT, Calif. – To start the third and final round of the 2016 SCIAC Championships, three strokes separated four teams at the top of the leaderboard. When the final scorecards were turned in, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's golf team had moved from fourth to first place and run away from the field to win the SCIAC Championships by 13 strokes on April 26 at Oak Valley Golf Course.
CMS also won the overall conference championship, the 11th in program history and second in the last three seasons under head coach Bim Jollymour. Through six rounds of SCIAC play, CMS led the race for the conference championship by five strokes. When all was said and done, CMS finished 24 strokes ahead of the next closest team for the SCIAC title.
By virtue of winning the SCIAC Championships, CMS earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships scheduled for the Midvale Country Club and Mendon Golf Club in Rochester, N.Y. from May 10-13.
CMS finished 14-under par (274) in the final round and 3-over par (867) in the tournament on the par-72 course. Redlands (880) finished in second followed by Cal Lutheran (884), Occidental (888) and Pomona-Pitzer (898) to round out the top five teams.
The Stags' three-spot jump up the leaderboard came on the shoulders of four Stag golfers who scored under par in the final round. Sophomore Matt Shuman (CMC) led the charge for CMS with eight birdies and 10 pars for a third round, 8-under, 64. His 64 was the lowest round for any golfer at the SCIAC Championships and helped Shuman move up from 13th after 36 holes to second place after Day 3. He finished at 2-under par (214) overall, four strokes behind individual medalist John McCord of Redlands (210).
Freshman Alex Wrenn (CMC) concluded the SCIAC Championships in a tie for third place (216) and he was 2-under par in the final round. Also in the top-10 was senior Kethan Reddy (CMC: 5-over, 221), 1-over in the third round.
Sophomore Jonathan Shaw (CMC) tied for 14th (226) as did sophomore Jackson Zepf (CMC). Sophomore Johnny Brandt (CMC) moved up nine spots and tied for 29th. Both Zepf and Brandt posted 70s in the final round.
CMS led the tournament in Par 4 (4.29) and Par 5 (4.60) scoring average and on Par 5's, CMS was 29-under par. The Stags also were tops with 58 birdies. Individually, Shuman had the most birdies with 16.
By Chris Watts
Director of Athletics Communication
Claremont McKenna College
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