Golf makes strides in conference
April 16, 2004
by Matt Paulson
Special to the Campus Times
With victories this week over conference-titan University of Redlands and
Claremont, the University of La Verne golf team took one step closer to a Southern
California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title.
With two 18-hole conference tournaments and one 36-hole marathon left, this
weeks victories place the Leopards in a tie for first place with the Bulldogs;
both are 6-1.
(The wins) give us a very good chance of winning the conference, which
we havent done in a long time, said sophomore Doug Green of the
Leopards, whose only conference loss came on an early season miscue against
However, in the two 18-hole matches, which will be played at Red Hill Country
Club and Brookside Golf Club, points increase to eight for a win, seven for
second place, six for third, etc. In the final 36-hole match of the year, which
will be played at Los Serranos in Chino Hills, points double to 16 for first,
14 for second, etc, raising the stakes dramatically.
On a course like Los Serranos, which has two 18-hole tracks the teams will
play, head coach Rex Huigens is uneasy about La Verne walking away with a win
on the pivotal final day of conference play.
Both those courses are so wide open, anybody could do well there,
he said. A guy can be spraying the ball out there and still keep it in
In conference action against Claremont Wednesday at Sierra La Verne, ULV fired
a team total of 291 to Claremonts 299.
Freshman Nathan Logan led the Leopard way with a 1-under-par 70 (36-34) to
medal in the dual match.
I knew (Logan) was a good player, but hes actually better than
I thought, Huigens said. Hes been a pleasant surprise.
Joey Murray followed with a 72 (35-37); Brad Booher came in with a 74 (37-37),
and Joe Skovron rounded out the top four with a 75 (38-37) for a team total
La Verne entered the match with Claremont still steaming after a win over
Redlands Monday at home. The Leopards, anchored by consistency, shot another
team total of 291 for a resounding 14-stroke victory over the two-time defending
conference champion and previously unbeaten Bulldogs.
It was a must-win, and we did, Huigens said. If we had any
chance for conference, we had to beat Redlands.
Skovron went out with a mundane 37, but rebounded with a back-nine 33 to shoot
a 1-under-par 70 at ULVs home track, which was good enough for the medal.
Logan shot a 72, while Murray, a solid ULV contributor of late who was deemed
by Huigens as the best overall player on the ULV golf team this season, once
again did his part with a 73.
Over spring break, the Leopards traveled to Teravista Golf Club in Round Rock,
Texas for the District 6 Invitational to continue a golf-saturated spring. Led
by guess who Murray, who finished fourth individually with a two-round
total of 146, ULV finished second in the 12-team, District 6-rich field with
a team total of 602 (305-297).
Relatively silent this season, Andrew Garcia followed with a 149, which was
good enough for seventh place individually.
The second place finish helped cement ULV as one of the top teams in District
6 this season. To be secured a spot in the national tournament, ULV must be
in the top three in the district, which includes Division III schools in Texas,
Washington, Oregon and California.
The Leopards are presently ranked with Redlands as one of the top two teams
in the District, Huigens said. If they continue their current level of play,
a berth to nationals should be a foregone conclusion for the Leopards.
Its our place to lose right now, Huigens said.