RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The No. 24 La Verne men's golf team rode its red-hot start to claim SCIAC No. 2 on Sunday at Oak Quarry Golf Club.
La Verne finished with a total score of 593 (288-305) and has taken the overall SCIAC championship lead through four rounds (591-593=1184). The Leopards lead second-place and defending national champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps by eight strokes (583-609=1192) with three rounds left to play.
The Leopards struggled in the second round, posting the second highest team score of the day, but their scorching start on Saturday during which they took a 15-stroke lead over the next closest team was enough to see them through.
Austin Matzaganian shot a 2-over 74 to lead the Leopards in the second round. Matzaganian, who posted a 74 in the first round as well, finished tied for sixth overall.
Alec Spencer and Aaron DiGiamarino, who both shot under par in the first round to stake La Verne to the lead, slowed down in the final round but still finished in the top-6. DiGiamarino finished tied for fourth after carding a 77 today (70-77=147) and Spencer posted a 79 to finish tied for sixth (69-79=148) with Matzaganian.
DiGiamarino is tied with Occidental's Dylan Jirsa for the overall SCIAC individual lead with a total score of 288 after four rounds.
Jason Brown finished tied for 10th after coming in with the team's second-lowest score of the day with a 76 (75-76=151).
Redlands's Dylan Merchant took the individual title with a total score of 144 (74-70).
The Leopards return to action at the SCIAC Championships on April 23-25 at Los Serranos Country Club.
|SCIAC Standings||SCIAC 1||SCIAC 2||Total|
|1. La Verne||591||593||1184|
|7. Cal Lutheran||615||609||1224|