While they might not be going for their green jackets or winning any majors -- yet -- the Sonoma State men and women's golf teams have sure been been feeling like the pros this past week after a pair of first-place finishes.
The women's team won the Sonoma State Spring Invitational for the third time in program history on April 4, and the men's team beat No. 25 Chico State by one stroke to win the Hanny Stanislaus Invitational in Turlock on April 11. To top it all off, both teams are on the verge of qualifying for their respective NCAA Division II tournaments.
The women's team was led by senior Haley Whitbeck, who received co-medalist honors at the final regular season tournament of her university career. This is the first win at the SSU Invititational since 2011 for Sonoma State. The victory was a steady one for the Seawolves as they had a 17-shot victory over runner up Cal State Monterey Bay. It was Whitbeck's second individual medalist honor of her career.
The women's team is expected to qualify for the NCAA Division II tournament for the third straight year, which would be the eighth time in the program's 10-year history. The tournament selections will be made public on May 1.
For the men, senior Justin Shulker led with a top-five finish including scores of 72, 73 and 73 for a total of 218 (+2). The Seawolves overcame a five-stroke deficit on the tournament's final day to win the Hanny Stanislaus Invite for the second time in the school's history with a score of 875 (+11). With the win, the Sonoma State men's golf team is now listed in the NCAA Rankings at No. 7 in the West Region. In order for the team to qualify for the tournament for the fifth time in a row, they need to stay in the top 10 through April 28 when the tournament selections are announced. If the Seawolves qualify, it would mark their 11th appearance at the tournament in the last 12 years.