BY COLIN CHAPDELAINE
Photo courtesy of COD Athletics. (Left to right) sophomore Maxime Faure, sophomore Michael Choma, freshman Bailey Spivak, sophomore Clement Huertin and freshman Josh Lumgair.
The 2019 Roadrunners capped off another strong season with a 2nd place finish in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) finals on Monday, April 29. Held at El Camino Country Club in Oceanside, the tournament featured two rounds of golf to ultimately decide a team and individual conference champion. Despite entering play as the reigning conference champions, the lead held by Palomar proved to be insurmountable as COD would have to settle for a 2nd place finish.
In the individual tournament, sophomore Clement Huertin opened with his worst round of the season, shooting a nine over 81. With no where to go but up, Huertin fired back in the second round by shooting his best round of the season, an impressive four under 68. This dominant round left him just short, missing the individual conference title by just 0.3 strokes and securing the 2nd place finish.
Freshman Josh Lumgair continued his strong season by shooting a second round four over 76, his second best round of the season. When asked about his team’s performance down the stretch of the season, Lumgair said, “I felt towards the end of our season leading up to the conference final we started to play a lot more consistent as a team. We had some great scores leading up to the finals which was a nice confidence boost.”
Lumgair, an international student from Calgary, Alberta Canada, emerged as a force to be reckoned with for the Roadrunners in 2019. His four over 76 in the 2nd round of the PCAC finals was his fifth such score this season which secured his first All-Conference selection alongside sophomore Michael Choma and Clement Huertin’s 2nd selection.
“We had to deal with some pretty severe conditions in PCAC finals which made play interesting,” Lumgair said. “[I am] really happy for Clem on our team who tied 2nd for individual low.”
The 2019 season got off to a turbulent start, as many of the season’s early tournaments were postponed due to the heavy rains that swept through the Coachella Valley earlier this year. The inconsistent schedule had the Roadrunners off to a slow start but as the weather cleared up, their play on the greens did as well. They began to see more tournament finishes in the top 3 rather than in the bottom of the pack, putting them in position to make a run at the conference title.
“Overall I am happy with how our team performed this year,” said Lumgair. “We went though some ups and downs but still maintained good play. I had a great time with the players and wish the boys moving onto other schools the absolute best!”