The No. 1 University of Redlands men's golf team battled through a tough final round at the 2015 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship Tournament to finish tied for third in the event with a three-day total of 893. However, with the aggregate scoring of all seven conference rounds determining the overall champion, the Bulldogs prevailed to win their 25th title with a combined score of 2,065, which was 19 strokes ahead of second-place University of La Verne.
While capturing the program's first championship since 2006, Redlands gives Head Coach Butch Edge his first men's title since taking over the program six seasons ago. On Tuesday, senior Bobby Holden (Simi Valley, CA) finished out the final conference round of his career with a 73 for a 54-hole total of 213 (67-74-73) to finish second in the individual standings for the second year in a row. He knocked in nine pars and four birdies during the last day. Overall, he converted 12 birdies at the tournament to lead Redlands and rank second among the field.
While not feeling his best, junior Ryan Turner (Ventura, CA) dug deep and stepped up with a solid showing of 75 to take seventh overall with a 224 (74-75-75). During the last round, he earned nine pars and converted four birdies, including three in a row on the front nine. Junior John McCord (Oakland, CA) came off the course with a score of 78 to finish 17th with a 54-hole tally of 230 (77-75-78). In Tuesday's outing, he recorded 11 pars and one birdie in a consistent performance throughout the day. Overall, he led the Bulldogs with 35 pars at the tournament.
In addition, senior Anthony Estes (San Pedro, CA) completed the tournament in a tie for 18th, scoring a 231 with daily totals of 75, 76, and 80. On Tuesday, he notched 12 pars en route to a tournament tally of 33.
Freshmen Jake Ryan (Portland, OR) and Joseph Kuehn (Eugene, OR) wrapped up their inaugural SCIAC Championships with rounds of 78 and 74, respectively. Ryan tied for 24th after scoring 235 (78-79-78) during the regular-season finale. While finishing tied-for-27th at 238 (79-85-74), Kuehn signed his day-three scorecard with four birdies and nine pars to improve upon Monday's outing by 11 strokes.
Redlands now heads to the NCAA Division III Championships as the SCIAC's automatic qualifier. The national tournament takes place May 12-15 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC.
The No. 4 University of Redlands women's golf team wrapped up the 2015 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships on Tuesday afternoon during a blustery and warm round at Oak Valley Golf Course. While playing six and scoring four players as per conference rules, the Bulldogs won the tournament with a three-day total of 934 but more importantly captured the program's first-ever conference title with a seven-round aggregate score of 2,196.
Despite the challenging final round that saw Redlands register a 321, seniorDalton Meade (Sandy, OR) put together an impressive effort that placed her third in the individual standings with a 54-hole total of 229 (75-76-78). On Tuesday, she signed her scorecard with a 78 after recording 10 pars and one birdie.
This marks Meade's second top-three finish at the SCIAC Championships, following last year's medalist honor. Freshman Caroline Ordian (Palm Desert, CA) completed her inaugural, conference finale, by firing off a 78 to take fourth overall at 230 (75-76-78). During the last 18 holes, she knocked in one birdie and earned nine pars.
Sophomore Raquel Gordon (Culver City, CA) came on strong at the SCIAC Championships and played a huge role in the Bulldogs' final push. Over the course of the three days, she tabbed a tied-for-ninth-place score of 237 (76-78-83).
Sophomore Kari Gordon (Culver City, CA) finished in a tie for 13th overall by recording an 83 on Tuesday for a 54-hole total of 245 (80-82-83), while junior Amberlynn Dorsey (Highland, CA) sat one stroke behind her teammate for 16th place (86-77-83). Junior McKenna Pautsch (San Clemente, CA) recovered from a tough outing on day two by earning a nine-stroke improvement with a score of 82 in her final round. With a 253 (80-91-82), she came in 23rd overall.
Redlands now awaits Monday's announcement for a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championships, which take place May 12-15 in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL.