Senior Riley Elmes turned in a strong showing to lead the LMU golf team at the Arizona Intercollegiate tournament.
The tournament, held on Jan. 28 and 29 in Tucson, Arizona, saw Elmes shoot 69-68-65 over the course of the three rounds. His total score of 202 was 11 under par and he finished in a tie for second overall out of 80 competitors.
“It was nice to start out the spring with a solid performance to get my final spring season underway,” Elmes said. “The way I was able to play gave me lots of confidence [that I can] have a standout spring season.”
Elmes turned in the unquestioned best performance for the Lions. The team’s second best finisher, sophomore Gavin Cohen, shot 215 over the three rounds to end up tied for 45th overall. The other three LMU golfers at the tournament were freshman Raymond Navis, who shot 220, sophomore Matthew Carungay, who shot 224 and junior Mason Glinski, who shot 225.
In spite of Elmes’ excellent performance, the team saw mixed results as a whole. The five Lions posted a combined score of 854 for the tournament to finish 11th of the 16 competing teams. However, Elmes expressed optimism about the team’s capabilities.
“There will always be room for improvement with myself and the team, as there is for any athlete,” he said. “I think we have a chance to win a tournament and potentially play ourselves into the postseason if we all are able to start minimizing some of our mistakes so that we are able to have more consistent and successful results.”
Also on Jan. 28 and 29, other LMU golfers competed at the Arizona Intercollegiate Medalist tournament, held at a different course in Tucson. Unlike the Arizona Intercollegiate tournament, the Medalist tournament only keeps track of individual scores and does not track team scores. At this tournament, sophomore Samuel Su shot a three-round total of 214 to finish tied for 12th and sophomore Cameron Meeks shot 219 to finish tied for 26th.
The Lions will compete in five more tournaments before the West Coast Conference championships in late April. The team’s next event is the Farms Invitational, hosted by the University of San Diego, on Feb. 11 and 12 in Rancho Santa Fe, California.