LA VERNE – The seven-time reigning SCIAC Champion University of La Verne golf team will begin its title defense in earnest when it travels to Beaumont, Calif. for the 2014 SCIAC Golf Championships, hosted by Redlands on April 27-29.
La Verne heads into the championship with a one-shot lead over No. 9 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Through SCIAC Nos. 1 and 2, the Leopards shot a four-round total of 1,159. No. 3 Redlands lurks three strokes behind at 1,162.
The Leopards were in third-place, 31 shots behind Redlands, after an uncharacteristically slow start at SCIAC No. 1, but roared back with a first-place finish at SCIAC No. 2 to claim the top spot on the conference leaderboard. Kelby Scharmann took the individual win at the second tournament with a two-day score of six-under 138.
On April 12, the Leopards won the one-round Baldy View Shootout to build more momentum.
"We are very excited to be in a position to go into the championships with the opportunity to bring the title home," La Verne head coach Chris Davis said. "It took a great SCIAC No. 2 to get in this spot and we're looking to capitalize. Everyone's playing well and we hope to rise to the occasion when it matters the most."
Current Overall Leaderboard (thru Round 1 of Championships)
1. La Verne (1,450)
1. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (1,450)
3. Redlands (1,454)
4. Cal Lutheran (1,494)
5. Chapman (1,522)
6. Whittier (1,581)
7. Occidental (1,586)
8. Pomona-Pitzer (1,592)