Claremont-Mudd-Scripps golf standout Tain Lee brought home a national championship today at the NCAA Division III championships in Hershey, Penn. But it gets better than that . . . senior Mitchell Fedorka of the University of La Verne finished second, giving the SCIAC the top two individuals in the country. That is some feat!
Lee led from wire-to-wire which is pretty impressive. Fedorka pulled into a tie with him during Thursday’s third round but he had a triple bogey late in the round that gave Lee the lead back. He never gave it up.
The win was nice for Lee which might be of some consolation to Fedorka, who lost in a playoff for medalist honors last season.
La Verne finished a respectable fifth in the team competition which was won by Methodist University of North Carolina. Had it not been for a bad opening round, the Leopards would have been right in the thick of the team competition too.
The SCIAC is one of the top conferences in the country when it comes to golf. CMS and the University of Redlands were ranked among the top 10 teams in the country all season long but La Verme got the automatic bid. And only three at-large bids are awarded nationwide so both those teams were left at home when they were probably better than some teams that won their conference.
According to CMS coach Bim Jollymour, the rules are changing next year so that six at-large berths will be awarded. That should bode well for the SCIAC.