ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
Oak Valley Golf Club will be the host course for the upcoming SCIAC Conference Tournament this coming weekend. Both the men’s and women’s golf teams will be competing on the same days, with rounds on April 23 through the 26.
Senior Justin Bennett, who has been having an excellent senior season, will lead the men. With multiple top tens this season, Bennett also finished with a tie for first in this year’s West Cup. He vied for that position with over 75 other golfers and has played in poor conditions, which made Bennett’s performance that much more impressive.
Other than Bennett, the Poets will look to juniors Max Meisenheimer and Clement Liou. Meisenheimer has been a consistent performer this season, with numerous top ten finishes.
“I am feeling confident with my game going into the tournament,” Meisenheimer said. “I’ve had some great practice days leading up and am expecting good results.”
Liou has been streaky all season, but has shown flashes of brilliance. If he can put together solid back-to-back rounds paired with Bennett and Meisenheimer, the Poets prospects will greatly improve.
“I am expecting a good result. We had some struggles this year but we are confident that we will make moves this weekend,” Meisenheimer said when asked about the team’s upcoming performance.
For the ladies, sophomore Shelby Hunt has had an impressive season thus far, which has included an individual victory as well as some top five finishes. She will be expected to challenge for the individual SCIAC title.
Senior Lauren Dahl will lead a very strong supporting cast for the lady Poets. They currently sit four strokes behind the University of Redlands for the league crown. With a strong showing at this weekend’s tournament, Whittier could very well overtake the Bulldogs and claim a SCIAC championship.
Oak Valley has a notorious reputation for being incredibly windy, which only makes an already tough course that much harder. Ranging from 5349 to 7003 yards, the wind will protect the difficult course and the conditions will be challenging for all competitors this weekend.