Hasse Title Bid Comes Up Short At SCIAC Championships

Hasse Title Bid Comes Up Short At SCIAC Championships

Hemet, Calif. – Senior John Hasse (Berkeley, Calif. - pictured) had one of the top rounds of his career on Sunday to put himself in position to challenge for the SCIAC Men's Golf individual championship at Diamond Valley Golf Club, but his title bid came up short on Monday as he finished tied for 11th at the 36-hole tournament.

Hasse shot a three-under 69 on Sunday to put himself in a tie for third, two shots off the lead, with his best round of the year (his previous best was a 74). After an opening bogey, he finished off the final 17 holes at four-under, capping off the round with a birdie at 18 to finish with a sub-70 round.

However, with tougher weather conditions on Monday, he ran into some trouble midway through the front nine. After starting out the day with four pars, he had his first bogey in a span of 22 holes on the fifth, beginning a string of four straight bogies to push his score back over par.

Despite the bad stretch, he was still within four strokes of the lead going into the turn and had a chance to regroup on the back nine, but a bogey on the 11th effectively dropped him out of contention. He ended up shooting an 80 on Monday and finishing +5 overall for the tournament, as only three golfers came in with scores under par over the two-day event.

The first-round 69, though, was an outstanding career-capper for Hasse, a three-time All-SCIAC performer who earned first-team honors as a freshman and second-team honors as a sophomore and junior.  He also birdied his final collegiate hole, picking up a four on the 505-yard par-five 18th on Monday.

On the women's side, sophomores Esther Ha and Allison Boden were the top finishers for the Sagehens, tying for 19th with a two-day score of 194.