Local golf teams should contend for title

The University of Redlands and University of La Verne men’s golf teams have combined for six national runner-up finishes in the last seven years. So it should be no surprise that both are ranked in the preseason poll released by Golfweek Magazine.

The Leopards, led by senior Mitchell Fedorka, check in at No. 4 while the Bulldogs are close behind at No. 6. Both contended for a title last year with La Verne placing second and Redlands ninth.

Oglethorpe University (GA), the defending national champions, is ranked first.

A total of four Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) schools rank among the top 20. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (14th) and Cal Lutheran University (20th) round out the conference’s representation on the preseason list.