SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- After week's of showing flashes in individual rounds at various tournament's this fall, the LMU men's golf team finally put it all together at the 2015 Bill Cullum Invitational. The Lions won their first tournament since March of 2009 on Tuesday at Wood Ranch Golf Club, posting the second-best team score in program history in the process.
The Lions finish with a three-round score of 842, the second-best for a 54-hole tournament in program history. The Lions set the record of 841 in November of 2007 at the Hawaii tournament. They finished with five players in the top-20 and four with career-bests for a tournament.
LMU's final round of 283 keeps them five strokes ahead of rival Pepperdine. The Lions opened the tournament with another 283 and had a second round of 276 as three Lions posted rounds of 68. Following the Waves 847, Santa Clara wraps-up with an 852 for third place in the 16-team field.
"We have been seeing flashes from this group all fall and it was just a matter of time before they put it all together. I am really proud of this group," said Head Coach Brad Lanning. "This is big for us and gets us pointed in the right direction. If they continue to work like they have each and every day, I feel this is just the beginning for this group."
Senior Braden Baer posted his all-time low for a tournament with a three-round 209, ranking in a tie for 15th all-time in LMU history. He finishes third overall, posting rounds of 72, 68 and 69. His previous tournament-low was a 211 last season.
Sitting two strokes behind with a 211 was freshman Riley Elmes, shooting rounds of 69, 72 and 70. He finishes in a tie for fourth in just his third collegiate tournament. Also with a career-best was Nick Jan, shooting a 212 with rounds of 72, 68 and 72. He finished in a tie for ninth overall.
The West Coast Conference owned the top three spots atop the team leader board at the Bill Cullum Invitational with defending WCC Champion Pepperdine (-17) finishing five strokes back for runner-up honors, while Santa Clara (-12) posted a third place finish. No fewer than six WCC student-athlete posted top-10 finishes in the event won by Southern Utah’s Fidel Concepcion (-9), one shot in front of Santa Clara's Hayden Shieh, who posted runner-up honors.