Golf travels to Hawaii for tournament

The men's golf team seemed to need a vacation coming off of an unimpressive 15th place finish at the Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf Classic.' Their wishes for a vacation were granted as the team found themselves headed to Lihue, Hawaii for the 2009 Kauai Collegiate Invite. With impressive performances on both day one and three of the tournament, the Lions finished in sixth place out of a field of' ten teams.

The team came out with a bang on Monday in Round 1 and was led by freshman Boris Stantchev, who shot a five-under 65, which was good enough to leave him in a tie for the individual lead.' The solid start by the freshman had the Lions in a tie for third overall among the field of ten teams.' LMU shot a combined 289, which had them in a tie with Hawaii, and left them behind second place James Madison who shot a 286, and first place San Diego State who shot a combined 276.'

Sophomore Jake Sarnoff tied for 13th with a two under 70 on the 6,943 yard par 72 Puakea Golf Course.' Junior John Lim shot a 74 and sat in tie for 25th while senior Blake Nicolai was tied for 45th with a score of 78.' Freshman Bryan Bergna rounded out the scoring with an 81, which put him in a tie for 51st.

The Lions posted a solid second round score of 293, which put them in seventh place heading into the final round on Wednesday. Stantchev posted a solid second round score of even par, which put him in seventh place.' When asked about his play, Stantchev seemed happy with how he had been playing so far.' 'I hit the ball really well, and gave myself a lot of good opportunities.' I got off to a good start by birdying the first three holes, and that really sparked my round,' said Stantchev.'

Bergna recovered from his first round 81 by shooting an impressive 72, which moved him into a tie for 42nd place.' Senior captain Blake Nicolai also improved on his first round score by shooting a 73 and moved into a tie for 36th.'

Sophomore's John Lim and Jake Sarnoff shot 76 moving Lim into a tie for 32nd and Sarnoff into a tie for 25th. Sarnoff wasn't pleased with how he was playing, but he did note that he was trying to enjoy his time on the tropical island.' 'I'm not playing well, but I'm in Hawaii so I can't complain too much.' Hopefully I can put together a good final round and finish strong.'

In the third round of play, the Lions moved up a place, leaving them in a tie for sixth place at the conclusion of the tournament.' Stantchev posted a one-under final round of 71 to move himself into a tie for sixth overall.' Sarnoff worked his way into the top 20 by shooting an even par round of 72 in the final round to finish in 20th place.' Lim finished in 31st.

Up next for the men's golf team they will travel to Pebble Beach, Calif. where they will compete in the SMC Invitational' November 9-10.' The tournament will be held at Poppy Hills Golf Club. '

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