Golfers wrap up SCIAC season

The 2024 golf season is now complete and both the men’s and women’s golf teams finished exciting seasons, each finishing with top-five placings in numerous tournaments.

The men started the season with a first-place finish in the Leopard Spring Invitational, with freshman Jay Alvarado Wing at the top of the individual leaderboard with a score of -3 and sophomore Jason Bustos right behind Alvarado Wing at second place with a score of -1. On the women’s side of the tournament, the Leopards placed fourth with sophomore Alexis Aguilera finishing in the top-15 with a 94.

In the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 1 tournament, the men’s team tied for third place with sophomore Shreyas Kumaresh finishing tied for fifth individually with a score of -5. The women’s team finished in seventh place in the tournament and freshman Joslyn Lopez tied for 22nd individually at +15.

The SCIAC 2 tournament saw the mens placing sixth with Alvarado Wing claiming another individual first-place finish with a -2 on the tournament. As for the womens, they finished in seventh and Aguilera led the Leopards with a 25th place finish.

“Staying patient and just enjoying the moment,” Alvarado Wing said when reflecting about his freshman year. “Being ready to take in failure for sure because I had those two wins and I think the biggest thing I learned from it is just don’t be afraid to fail, that was the biggest takeaway from that.”

Lastly, in the SCIAC Championships tournament, the men finished in fourth place with three Leopards placing in the top-10. Freshman Patrick Lagura finished in fourth place with a score of -3, Kumaresh placed sixth with a +3 and Bustos tied for ninth place at +6. The women’s team placed seventh in the tournament with Aguilera again leading the Leopards and she finished tied for 25th place.

Kumaresh and Alvarado Wing each earned all-conference honors with Kumaresh earning a First Team All-SCIAC selection and Alvarado Wing being named the Ken Sherman Newcomer of the Year and earning a Second Team All-SCIAC selection.

I think the team did really well, we had a very young squad so I feel like as they go on they’re going to mature a lot more and it’s going to be great the next couple years,” junior team captain Noah Geeser said.

—Jack Janes

Jack Janes, a senior journalism major, is sports editor of the Campus Times and a staff writer for La Verne Magazine. He is also a staff photographer for both publications. He previously served as a Campus Times staff writer.

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