Cal Pac Champions!
Image (L to R): Keaton Kissack, Jacob Luas, Kevin Bishop, Ty Casey, Conor Schubring, Coach Eric Tanguay
Sierra Nevada College’s Conor Schubring recorded a birdie on the 54th hole of the California Pacific Conference Men’s Golf Championship to lift the Eagles to a one-stroke victory and into the history books with the school’s first-ever Cal Pac championship. SNC, the tournament host, had to overcome bad weather, a challenging course, and defending champion Marymount California to earn top honors at Red Hawk Golf and Resort course in Sparks, Nev.
With that thrilling victory, SNC, along with any qualifying individuals, will represent the Cal Pac at the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship on May 21-24 at Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz. The national tournament is hosted by Benedictine-Mesa.
The Eagles improved their team score in all three rounds, finishing with a 963 to edge the Marymount Mariners’ 964 total. Benedictine-Mesa, bolstered by individual champion Joe Baldeck, came in third with a 978 total, followed by Embry-Riddle (980), Providence Christian (1007), Simpson (1044), and Cal Maritime (1120).
Baldeck and Schubring were tied at the top of the Player Leaderboard after two rounds, and the duo played even throughout most of the final round before Schubring faltered–before reaching the 18th hole. Baldeck was consistently solid throughout to claim the individual title with a 78-76-73–227 performance. Schubring (80-74-80–234) was second, and Simpson’s Connor Estrada (78-79-79–236) moved into third with a steady three rounds.
SNC’s Jacob Luas had an outstanding third round, posting a 74 to move him up four slots into fourth place at 79-84-74–237, and MCU’s Chriss Terrell fell back into fifth with a 79-81-79–239 total. The top five finishers in the tournament make up the All-Cal Pac Team.
Eric Tanguay, golf coach for SNC, is proud of the accomplishments of his team.
“After dreaming about this day for the last four years, and having come so close the last two, it’s hard to believe this really happened. The team had to work harder than every other school in our conference to earn the championship title and I am so proud of our boys.”
This was our first time ever hosting the championship. Red Hawk is a challenging layout, measuring over 7,100 yards. But our guys learned to welcome the challenge. Their dedication clearly paid off and they deserve congratulations on their success. We are honored to be representing the California Pacific Conference in the NAIA national championship next month and we will be doing everything we can to prepare.”
Tanguay also brought home a trophy, winning the title of Cal Pac Coach of the Year.
Playing all three rounds under windy and cold conditions, no player in the tournament shot below par on the challenging course, and only one player in the field of 32 golfers, Cal Maritime’s Josh Hauser, was able to overcome the elements and complete a round at par.
Cal Pac Championship Men’s Results
Cal Pac Team Champion: Sierra Nevada
Cal Pac Individual Champion: Joe Baldeck (Benedictine-Mesa)
ALL-CAL PAC TEAM
Joe Baldeck (Benedictine-Mesa)
Conor Schubring (Sierra Nevada)
Connor Estrada (Simpson)
Jacob Luas (Sierra Nevada)
Chriss Terrell (Marymount California)