La Verne takes 4th place in SCIAC

Campus Times
April 30, 1999


photo by Chris Heinrich

Freshman Justin Poore putts his way through the SCIAC championships at Moreno Valley Ranch Golf Course on Tuesday. During La Verne's last match of the season, Poore shot a 79 on a par-72 for his first round. ULV took fifth in the tournament and fourth in SCIAC.

by Andreas Hahn
Staff Writer

After making a disappointing fifth-place finish in the final 36-hole Tournament at Moreno Valley Ranch Country Club on Tuesday, the University of La Verne golf team ended its Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) season in fourth place.

In the final standings, the Leopards had 28 points and were clearly separated from this season's champion, Redlands (43 points). Cal Lutheran had 37 points, followed by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps with 36 points. Four teams were placed behind the Leopards.

La Verne finished the last tournament with a team total of 660 points, leaving the Leopards 44 shots behind Redlands, whose team hosted and won the tournament with 616 points.

"We weren't pleased how we played ... we couldn't get it going," said head coach Rex Huigens about Tuesday's result.

The best ULV player was James Torpey with a total score of 163 (80/83) for both rounds. The only player to stay under 80 was freshman Justin Poore, who shot 79 in the first round.

The best player of the day was Redlands' Forrest Jones with an overall score of 149 (75/74) in both rounds.

"This year was a learning experience for me," said Poore. "I had a lot to learn about the mental side of the game."

Poore, who mentioned that the Leopards participated with a squad of only five players, said that even if the team missed many opportunities to beat weaker players of other teams, the Leopards did well this season.

"I'm not disappointed, but the team expected more," said Huigens of the Leopards' final ranking in the championship. "The teams ahead of us played better and deserve it."

Evaluating the entire season, Huigens said, "We won the matches we should have won, we lost the matches we probably should have lost, we ended where we ended."

Since only one player will leave the team next season, Poore is sure that the Leopards can increase in strength.

"I am excited about next year," said Huigens, who wants to extend the squad to eight to 10 players for next season.