Red Hawks Participate in Cougar Invitational

Simpson University Sports News


VISTA, Calif. - Sophomore Lucas Vaughn from Yuba City, Calif., led the Simpson University men’s golf team to a 14th place finish at the Cal State San Marcos Cougar Invitational on February 2-3 at Shadow Ridge Country Club in Vista, Calif.

Shooting a three round total of 231, just 15 strokes over par, Vaughn finished in 26th place for the tournament. Junior Barrett McLaughlin from Sonora, Calif., posted a three-day total of 242 and led the team with 34 pars. Junior Aaron Clare from Tacoma, Wash., finished in third place for the Red Hawks, shooting a season best 247 for 54 holes. Junior Nick Norgaard from Phoenix, Ariz., struggled throughout the event and posted a fourth place finish for the team with a three round total of 248. Team captain Marcus Mezzano from Redding Calif., battled through 54 holes and posted a three round total 258 to finish in fifth place on the Red Hawk squad.

“This was a big tournament for us, and I’m proud of the way the team performed,” said head golf coach Mark Mezzano. “It’s tough when you’re up against teams currently ranked in the top 25 in the nation. However, they accepted the challenge and represented Simpson in the proudest of fashion. We're back to practice and will continue to focus on our areas in need of improvement in the coming weeks in preparation for our next tournament in early March.”

One of the areas the Red Hawks will work on is their putting. Assistant golf coach Joe Pantoja, who was recently certified to teach the AimPoint putting technique currently in use by several players on both the PGA and LPGA tours, conducted a three-hour putting clinic for the team.

“Because it’s something new they have a tendency to disregard the value,” said Pantoja. “However I’m confident with continued practice they will soon embrace it and start taking strokes off their game.”

Coach Mezzano has already seen improvement in his golfers.

“I was most pleased with the improvement shown by Aaron Clare,” Mezzano said. “He was dropping 15, 20 and 25 foot putts like crazy. Throughout the tournament I saw Clare and several of the guys using AimPoint. Overall I think our three putts were well below last fall’s average.”


Written by Mark Mezzano

Photo Courtesy of Mark Mezzano

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