PASADENA, Calif. — Aaron DiGiamarino shot a two-round total of 3-under 141 to claim the individual medal and the La Verne men's golf team finished tied for second overall (291-300=591) at SCIAC No. 1 at Brookside Golf Club.
DiGiamarino fired off a 3-under 69 in the first round on Saturday and carded an even-par 72 today to edge Occidental's Dylan Jirsa, who finished with 142 (72-70). DiGiamarino and Jirsa were the only players in the field to finish under par.
La Verne, which is in the second year of a rebuild under head coach Eric Riehle, once again flashed championship potential. The Leopards shot a total of 291 to rocket up to the top of the team leaderboard after the first round without Alec Spencer—the team's leader and best player—factoring into the score.
But the Leopards wrestled with a bout of inconsistency in the second round as they shot 300, the fifth best team score of the day.
Austin Matzaganian finished 10th overall after shooting a 1-over 73 in the first round and coming into the clubhouse with a 3-over 75 today.
Spencer (76-77) and Hisham Hussein (75-78) finished tied for 23rd with a total score of 153 each to round out La Verne's scoring..
Jason Brown was the only Leopard to reduce his stroke count from Saturday to Sunday. He shot 79 in the first round and 76 in the second.
Josh Davis got out to a promising start, shooting 2-over 74 in Friday, but struggled to get into a rhythm on today and shot 84.
No. 16 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps came from six strokes back to earn the team win with a total score of 583 (297-286).
The Leopards sit eight shots back of the Stags after two of seven SCIAC rounds. SCIAC No. 2 will be held on March 27-28 at Sierra La Verne Country Club.
The Leopards return to action on March 5-6 at Las Vegas Desert Classic.