Junior Alec Spencer led the the men’s golf team to victory in the West Cup championship Tuesday at Sierra La Verne Country Club. He split the individual title four ways after he shot a three-round total of 218.
“Our West Cup win was a major step in the right direction for the team,” head coach Eric Riehle said. “Most importantly, our inexperienced group was able to carry the lead overnight into the final round and end up on top.”
Spencer, the only returning player from the national championship qualifying team in 2015, won his second individual West Cup championship.
Sophomore Aaron DiGiamarino contributed to the Leopards’ win after he shot to the top of the leaderboards Monday, giving the team an early lead.
“It was new for me because I’m pretty new to golf and it was kind of nerve-wracking, I mean it was a great feeling but I wasn’t really prepared for it,” he said.
DiGiamarino finished seventh overall with an overall score of 223.
“Going into the last round, it kind of threw me off, but it was a great feeling and I’m happy that we won as a team. I think we really needed that,” DiGiamarino said.
Sophomore Sam Mangiaterra tied for 17th with a total score of 230. Junior Austin Matzaganian was tied for 26th and freshman Hisham Hussein came in tied 48th.
The Leopards had to power through tough weather conditions, playing in the rain in the morning and fighting against the wind in the afternoon.
“It was really tough conditions so even though our scores may not have been as low as we wanted them to be, it felt lower so it was a good test,” Spencer said.
The Leopards will compete again April 9 at SCIAC No. 2, at Anaheim Hills Golf Club.
“For the next tournament I think that what im mostly looking forward to is just being competitive with the other teams,” DiGiamarino said. “We’ve really been going through growing pains early in the season so I think that the next step is just for us to be competitive with the top teams in the country and hopefully get a spot in NCAAs.”