STOCKTON — The Cal State Stanislaus golf team has enjoyed many great days in its tradition-steeped program over the years. Wednesday was one of those special days.
The Warriors, led by medalist Trevor Clayton, virtually lapped the field to win the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships at Brookside Country Club. Stanislaus completed the 54-hole tournament with a team total of 5-under-par 859, the only sub-par team in the field, and was 17 strokes ahead of runner-up Cal State Monterey Bay.
It was the Warriors’ third CCAA title and its first since 2007. They built a 19-stroke lead after the first 36 holes and maintained much of that lead down the stretch.
“It was a little quiet this morning in the van on the ride up,” Stanislaus coach John Cook said. “Tension was in the air, but once we got on the course they relaxed a little bit.”
Clayton shot a 1-over -par 73, finished at 6-under 210 and became Stanislaus’ first CCAA medalist since Eric Justesen in 2008.
My goal was just to stay focused, keep my head down and just keep hitting fairways and greens to make it as simple as possible,” Clayton said. “I tried to keep the same game plan and took advantage of the opportunity I gave myself.”
The Warriors placed four players in the top six en route to their first tournament win this season after four runner-up finishes.
Anthony Manguray and Jaskaran Sihota both posted even par 216 and tied for third. Sihota’s 1-under 71 was one of the better scores of the day. Connor Day, whose hole-in-one on Tuesday ignited Stanislaus’ pull-away, tied for sixth at 2-over 218 after his 75. All five Warriors shot 75 or better on Wednesday. Tyler Leeworthy improved from his first day and had a 74, good for a tie for 32nd.
“We got four guys in the top six and that’s awesome,” Cook said. “We’ve always preached the team effort, that’s my motto. I am just excited for these guys.”
Both Clayton and Manguray made the All-CCAA team with Manguray winning a Co-Newcomer of the Year award.