Golfers cruise to 14-shot victory
Posted April 24, 2009

The golf team continued their season-long success last Tuesday with a commanding 14-stroke victory over all other conference opponents at their home course, Sierra La Verne Country Club.

The Leopards, the only team to shoot under par on the day, posted a score of 279 (-5), beating out Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, which took second with a score of 293.

“We know Sierra La Verne well,” Andrew Kramer said. “It’s our home course so we get to play there a lot and the coaches did a good job setting it up for us.”

Kramer tied for third with teammate Ryan Waring in the Southern California Intercolleg­iate Athletic Conference Tournament No. 4 with a three under round of 68.

“Our guys are playing great right now,” head coach Joe Skovron said. “Overall we putted great on the day, and that proved to be significant.”

Occidental took third posting a 293 while Redlands rounded out the top four with a combined 305.

La Verne remains undefeated in conference play and as a program have not lost a conference match since 2006.

“We don’t really worry about the streak,” Kramer said. “We set our goals high at the beginning of the season and that consists of winning a National Championship.”

“The conference is always a big deal,” Skovron said. “If you win your conference championship then you get an automatic bid into the national championship. And if that happens we want to succeed at the national level, rather than just being there.”

Mitch Fedorka shared medalist honors with John Morris from Claremont-M-S with a five under round of 66.

Fedorka was named Division III’s No. 1 player in the nation by golfstat.com last week.

“I get a chance to compete with him every day and with that I am able to learn a lot from him,” Kramer said. “He makes me a better player.”

“It has been a pleasure coaching Mitch,” said Skovron. “He is a quiet leader who leads by example. I am really impressed with his game.”

Sophomore Kevin Smith finished in seventh with a one over par score of 72 and senior Rizal Amin finished in the eight spot with a 73.

The Leopards are currently ranked second in the nation.

“The goals that we set usually deal with improving ourselves as a team,” Skovron said. “We try to focus on our preparation rather than the result.”

ULV is back on the links at noon Thursday at the Redlands Country Club.

Kevin Garrity can be reached at kevin.garrity@laverne.edu.

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