Sierra Nevada's men's squad and Embry-Riddle's women's team completed Monday's first round of postseason action at the top of their respective leaderboards.
Playing in cool and cloudy conditions, the California Pacific Conference Championships teed off Monday at Hiddenbrooke GC in Vallejo, Calif. The three-day event got underway with intermittent drizzle throughout the day and the likelihood that more will fall during tomorrow's second round, but that did not deter SNC's men's squad from finishing the first round two strokes ahead of Simpson and three in front of Marymount California. Four-time defending champion Embry-Riddle sits 12 strokes behind the Eagles in fourth place, just one stroke in front of Benedictine-Mesa.
SU's Presley Sanassarian covered the par-72, 6,241-yard course with a three under par 69 to stake a four-stroke lead over Anthony Moncada of SNC and Robert Padilla of MCU and the rest of the field of 29 participants. SNC's Nick Yell carded a 75 to hold down fourth place on his own, one stroke ahead of six golfers tied for fifth place.
The opening round of the NAIA West Women's Championships, also played at Hiddenbrooke, provided few surprises, as ERAU--ranked No. 4 in the nation and the top finisher in all three seasons of women's golf in the Cal Pac--overcame the elements and the field to post a 36-stroke lead over second-place Biola.
The 38-women field in the NAIA West event, which combines programs from the Cal Pac and the Golden State Athletic Conference, was dominated by ERAU. The top four finishers and five of the top eight in the first round represent the Eagles, led by Elle Carlson's round of 76, one stroke in front of three-time medalist Lauren Kruszewski at five over. ERAU's Trae Jones and Nicole Lopes are tied for third at 79, and Jessica Williams's round of 82 put her in a tie for sixth. The other top finisher among Cal Pac programs were Serina Castillo of Simpson, who shot 90 to place 12th, Marymount California's Christina Ressa, who finished tied for 13th with Sierra Nevada's Parker Pilati at 91.