The men’s and women’s golf teams wrapped up their seasons at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship Tournament at Oak Valley Golf Course in Beaumont Tuesday.
The women’s team wrapped up its first full season with a seventh place finish.
Sophomore Kirsten Contreras shot a team-low 249 over three rounds.
Freshmen Valerie Lopez and Jillian Hughes, and sophomores Nadira Fatah and Morgan Malloy completed La Verne’s scoring with a total of 298, 311, 351, and 276.
Redlands won the women’s tournament.
The men’s team did not fare any better than the women, finishing seventh as well.
Juniors Alec Spencer and Josh Davis each shot a three-round total of 229 to lead the Leopards and finished tied for 23rd individually.
The Leopards were in third place after the first round with a team total of 299, but collapsed on Monday with a total of 321 and finished with a 309 in the final round.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps won the men’s tournament.
“We had a very young and inexperienced team and I am looking forward to next year because this team has a lot to prove, and so do I,” sophomore Sam Mangiaterra said.
Mangiaterra started off well after two rounds with a score of 149, but slowed down in the final round as he carded an 82 for a final score of 231.
He finished 26th overall.
Sophomore Aaron DiGiamarino, junior Austin Matzaganian and freshman Hisham Hussein completed the Leopards’ scoring with totals of 246, 247 and 252, respectively.
Spencer said it was a tough way to end the season, but down the road it will help the team to grow.
“One tournament can’t define a season,” Spencer said. “This weekend does not reflect our team we had some good stretches where we competed and beat some of the top teams in the country.”
The seventh place finishes eliminated the Leopards from bids to the NCAA Division III National Championship.
For Davis there are many positives to take away from this weekend despite the disappointing finish.
“We are a young team and have continued to get experience playing together throughout the course of this season,” Davis said. “I also think that by having Eric Riehle as our head coach we have improved a lot in many facets of our games. Having him for next year is definitely going to play a role in our team’s improvement.”
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