With its opening round of 293 on Saturday, No. 11 La Verne thought it would be resuming action Sunday’s scheduled second round of the SCIAC No. 1 Tournament at Empire Lakes.
Instead, high winds exceeding 50 miles per hour at the Rancho Cucamonga course rendered the second round unplayable, forcing the cancellation of Sunday’s competition, giving the Leopards — the leaders after Saturday’s 18 holes — the overall first-place tournament finish.
La Verne’s 293 team total was good enough to edge second-place No. 13 Redlands (294) by a single stroke. No. 16 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (297) finished third followed by Chapman (303) and No. 19 Cal Lutheran (304) to round out the top five. Whittier (313), Occidental (320) and Pomona-Pitzer (328) held the six through eighth positions, respectively.
The Leopards were bolstered by three players who placed in the top five among individuals. Derek Zachman led La Verne with a Saturday round of 72 to tie for third place overall. Paul Gomez and Kelby Scharmann each carded rounds of 73 to finish in a tie for fifth.
Trent Twamley contributed by shooting 75 to place in a tie for ninth while Keven Holiday finished a stroke back at 76 to tie for 17th overall to help propel the Leopard squad to the team triumph.
“It was nice to get off to a solid start in SCIAC, but we can’t look at this as a victory,” head coach Chris Davis said. “It’s the first step in a long conference season. It’s important to just keep pace with the field. To be leading after the first competition is great, but we have a lot of golf to be determined.”