The Lions' golf team was a model of consistency on their way to a second-place finish at the Bill Cullum Invitational in Simi Valley earlier this week.' The Lions turned in an all-around team performance at Wood Ranch Golf Course, with three players in the top-15 and another two in the top-40.'
In what was a solid team effort, the Lions posted the lowest team score in each of the last two rounds, but could not quite pull out the victory.' The first day ended with LMU in third place after clawing its way back from a shaky opening round to post a solid second round score of 569, leaving them nine strokes behind leader and host Cal State Northridge.'
The Lions did their best to overcome the nine-stroke deficit, posting the lowest team round of the day with a 286.' Their overall tournament score of 855 was good enough for second place, only two strokes behind CSU Northridge, who barely held on to their lead, finishing with a team score of 853.
The LMU attack was lead by freshman Jake Sarnoff, who continued his blazing hot freshman season with his first top-five finish.' After two rounds of 71 on Monday, Sarnoff followed with a great final round of 67 to post a new career low.' This display was good enough to earn him fourth place overall. Sarnoff has now led the Lions in each of their three tournaments this year.
Team consistency partially stems from team leadership and for the Lions senior Brian Locke continued to be a centerpiece of the team with his best tournament of the season.
The two-time all-American finished with a four-under par and a total score of 212 to earn a tie for eighth place.'
Also finishing in the top-15 for LMU was sophomore John Lim, placing in a tie for 14th.' Lim sandwiched a great second round of 68 in between an opening 74 and closing 73 to finish with a solid one-under 215.'
The final two team scorers for the Lions were senior Greg Moss and junior Blake Nicolai who finished the tournament in ties for 34th and 39th respectively.
The second place finish marked a season-high for the Lions, whose previous best finish was seventh, which they earned in their first tournament of the year.'
The Lions will next be in action Nov. 3-5 as they travel overseas to Kauai, Hawaii for the Kauai Collegiate Invitational hosted by Hawaii-Manoa at the Pauakea Golf Course.