Despite shooting its second-lowest round in conference action this season, the University of Redlands men?s golf team finished in fourth place at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) No. 4 18-hole Match on Monday at Val Verde Golf Club.
Overall, this battle among the SCIAC schools, which included four of the nation?s top-10 teams, came down to three strokes to determine the finishing order among first through fifth place. With a 295, the Bulldogs tied with Whittier College but ended up one spot ahead of the Poets due to a comparison of the fifth scorer from each team.
With Monday?s showing, Redlands now has shot a combined single round of 300 or better in six different single-round tournaments during the 2012 campaign.
For the fourth time in his young career, freshman Bobby Holden (Simi Valley, CA) led the squad with his round of 70 while ranking first among the field in par-four scoring (3.60). He also finished second among the competitors with five birdies.
Sophomore Jeremy Sanders (Chatsworth, CA) placed second for the Maroon and Gray, finishing the course with 74 strokes for his fourth consecutive round of 75 or better.
First-year swinger Perry Johnson (Lake Forest, IL) wrapped up the day by shooting a 75. He posted a team-low average of 4.50 on the par fives and rolled in four birdies.
After missing several rounds due to injury, senior Scott Peña (Encinitas, CA) returned to the links with a solid showing of 76.
Following up his medalist performance against Whitman College (WA), sophomore Jeremy Gomberg (Los Altos, CA) tied for the team-lead in par-three scoring (3.25) as well as pars (11) en route to signing his scorecard with a 77.
One of the more consistent players on the roster, sophomore Mike Caston Jr. (Escondido, CA) notched his seventh overall and sixth straight sub-80 round to cap off the Bulldog scorers at 78.
Redlands faces a very competitive field in its next event on April 9-10 at the UCR Braveheart Tournament, which will take place at the Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont.