Host Cal State San Marcos led most the way and captured the CSU San Marcus Fujikura Invitational by five strokes over Colorado State-Pueblo in cold, rainy conditions at Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista for its second victory of the season.
Christian Schrodt of Dominican in San Rafael claimed the individual title by three strokes over teammates Greg Mouser and Jason McElroy of Cal State San Marcos.
The Cougars, who also won the Sonoma State Invitational in September, posted a score of 285-283-296—864, and were victorious in their own tournament for the first time since the inaugural event in 2016.
Colorado State-Pueblo was second at 289-287-293–869, followed by Western Washington at 292-288-296–876, while Cal State Monterey Bay totaled 299-291-297–888 to tie for fourth with Sonoma State, which wound up at 295-290-303–888.
Cal State San Bernardino was sixth at 292-294-309–895, followed by Chico State at 301-295- 302–898, Cal State Dominguez Hills at 302-297-303–902, Dominican at 302-289- 314–905 and Westminster at 292-309-308–909.
Stanislaus State finished 11th at 302-302-308–912, Cal State East Bay was 13th at 322-293-304 –919 and California Lutheran was 14th at 318-307-322–947.
Schrodt, a redshirt junior from Mission Viejo, captured the third individual title in Dominican history with a score of 66-70-73–209, 7-under-par, followed by McElroy at 70-68-74—212 and Mouser at 71-73-68—212.
“I just kept telling myself to remember to have fun,” said Schrodt, whose best previous finish this season was fourth in the St. Martin’s Invitational. “It’s really easy to get caught up in your emotions and lose yourself, so just reminding myself to be present and have fun playing the game was really big for me today.
“It was also fun knowing that I was in contention all day. As an athlete, those are the moments you live for, so knowing that every shot was a test for the work I had already put in was absolutely exhilarating—it kept me locked in.”
Said Dominican Coach Gary Nelson: “He told me going into the last round, ‘Coach, I just want to have fun out there.’ He wasn’t playing the leaderboard, he was playing each shot and trying to have as much fun as he could, he wasn’t checking the leaderboard at all.
“When you are at a golf tournament, you don’t know what can happen, you play the shot at hand and control yourself. He had fun and just played the golf course.”
Thomas Jenkins of Sonoma State shot 72-67-74–213 to tie for fourth with Jamie Roberts of Colorado State-Pueblo, who finished at 70-73-70–213, while Youssef Guezzale of San Diego State was sixth at 69-74-71–214.
Matt Pennington of Cal State San Marcos carded a score of 73-71-71—215 to tie for seventh with Jack Deaner of Cal State Monterey Bay, who totaled 73-70-72—215, and Aidan Thain of Western Washington, who wound up at 76-68-71—215.
Liam Allder of Cal State Monterey Bay totaled 73-71-72—216 to tie for 10th with Andrew Ni of Colorado State-Pueblo, who finished a 70-70-76–216, and Brad Sparrer of Stanislaus State, who came in at 70-73-73– 216.
Rounding out the scoring for team champion Cal State San Marcos were Matthew Moss in a tie for 13th 68-73-76–217, Arman Rahgozar in a tie for 24th at 74-71-79–224, Connor O’Hern in a tie for 34th at 77-76-75–228, Nick Van Vleet in a tie for 53rd at 80-78-76–234, and Cutter Ayres is a tie for 68th at 75-83-80–238.
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