BY ROBERT GRAVES
College of the Desert’s men’s golf team continues their solid season on the links. Led by freshman Gauthier Adams and Matt Schmitt, the Roadrunners golf team has rattled off four consecutive top-five finishes in their last four tournaments, including coming home with the win at Desert Island Country Club on April 10.
The Roadrunners started their current hot streak close to home where they brought home second place at the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) tournament at Mission Hills Country Club. Gauther Adams and Matt Schmitt led the way for the Roadrunners shooting a 73 and a 76, respectively. Freshman’s Sam Berglund and Vinny Vetrano also had good rounds both shooting 77’s. Gauther Adams brought home a medal as the top finisher for COD and shot just 1-over-par.
At Twin Oaks Country Club on March 29, the Roadrunners once again came home in second place. Matt Schmitt had a fantastic round where he shot 2-under-par, just one stroke back from the leader. Sam Berglund also had a nice round shooting a 74, just 2-under-par. All five PCAC schools made an appearance in the tournament which was won by Mt. San Jacinto.
COD then grabbed a fifth place finish at The Players Club (TPC) Valencia on April 3. Sophomore Marc Cohen led the way for the Roadrunners. Cohen shot a 75, just 3-over-par and just 3 strokes back of the leader. For Cohen, it was his best round of the year and also his first tournament appearance for the Roadrunners since March 15 at San Jacinto. Sophomore Nicolas Beeken and freshman Steven Wang also has nice afternoons with both shooting 4-over-par 76’s.
After three consecutive top-five finishes, the Roadrunners broke through with their 3 win of the season. They did it in front of the home town crowd on April 10 at Desert Island Country Club in Rancho Mirage. COD was the team to beat from the very first tee, as they outpaced the second place school by 7 strokes. This was the Roadrunners first win since March 6 at Long Beach. Gauthier Adams once again grabbed a medal for being the top individual finisher. Adams had one of his best rounds of the year, shooting a 71, 1-under-par. Nicolas Beeken and Sam Berglund also had nice afternoons, both shooting 2-over-par 74s.