The West Coast Conference Championships golf tournament concluded play this past Saturday, with the Lions finishing in sixth place (286-293-296--865) out of a field of nine teams. The Lions looked to ride sophomore Riley Elmes' opening round of a four-under-par 68 to a top-five finish, yet they were unable to move past their second round struggles, nor keep up with the low rounds put forth by other teams. The Lion’s wound up finishing at one-over-par, 25 strokes behind first-place Brigham Young University. Pepperdine University came in second, while St. Mary’s, University of the Pacific, and Santa Clara rounded out the third, fourth, and fifth spots.
The Lions opened first round play at the WCC Championships with a score of 286, putting them in third place. Low scores from Riley Elmes (68) and junior Billy Pollock (69) gave the Lions two of the top-five players in the field. Yet, the Lions could not improve upon their first round success, as they gained seven additional strokes and dropped to a fifth-place tie with a score of 293 in the second round. Besides Elmes and senior Blake Meek, no Lion shot below one-over-par, as junior Nick Jan shot a 75, freshman Mason Glinski a 75, and Pollock a 79 at the tough Riverside Country Club.
The Lions rebounded with a third-round of 286, but it was not enough compared to other teams’ efforts, as LMU dropped into sixth-place. Despite the Lions’ disappointing finish, the play of Riley Elmes stands as a sign towards a promising future for LMU golf. After finishing in fourth-place at the WCC Championships and earning All-WCC honors, Elmes will look to lead a young Lion team in the 2017-2018 season.