The high desert is a great place for a golf course and Reno, Nevada is the epitome of high desert golf.' The men's golf team just returned from Nevada where they played in the 2009 Wolfpack Classic, hosted by the University of Nevada-Reno. A late surge by the Lions through the final 18 holes on Tuesday wasn't enough to overcome their large deficit from the 36 holes played on Monday. LMU finished the three round tournament with a 17 over par 881, placing them in 12th out of 13 teams.' But the story of the tournament was the team's impressive finish on Tuesday after a poor start on Monday.
The team's final round of 285 was the fourth best on the day behind San Diego's 275, Wichita State's 280, and Kansas State's 281.' The Lions improved success in the final round was owed greatly to freshmen Boris Stantchev.
Stantchev is coming off a top-10 finish in his first collegiate golf tournament, and his solid play doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon.' He led LMU in the final round Tuesday with an impressive four under 68.' His three round total was a three over par 219, which was good enough to move him into a tie for 28th.' When asked about his performance this week, Stantchev was definitely a little disappointed.' 'I'm not really too happy about my first two rounds.' My rhythm just seemed to be off, and I couldn't really get anything going until the last round.' I was able to play a lot better in the final round and shoot low by just thinking about my rhythm.' Also the playing conditions were a lot different than we were used to and it even snowed a little during our practice round.'
Jake Sarnoff and Bryan Bergna also played key roles in helping the Lions' improvement in the final round, each shooting 72 respectively.' Sarnoff finished in a tie for 33rd with a 220 and Bergna finished tied at 45th with a 222.
John Lim finished the tournament with a final score of 223 and Blake Nicolai rounded out the scoring with a 228 placing Lim in a tie for 52nd and Nicolai in a tie for 66th.'
Although the final results may be a bit discouraging for the men's golf team, there are some positive aspects of this tournament that they can walk away with.' Their final round, 4th best on the day, should help the Lions build some momentum heading into their next tournament, the Del Walker Intercollegiate on Oct. 22 and 23 in Long Beach, Calif. '