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Men's Golf - Tue, Apr. 25, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Chris Feltman was the surprise of the tourney for HIU
Chris Feltman was the surprise of the tourney for HIU

SANTEE, CA – Hope International wrapped up its 2016-17 season at the 2017 GSAC Championship at the Carlton Oaks Golf Club on Apr. 24 & 25 with three rounds of tournament play. HIU was briefly in the lead after the opening round and dipped as low as fifth in the six-team standings before rallying on the back nine of round three to clinch fourth place in a six-team field.

Erick Liscio (JR/Temecula, CA) led the Royals after round one with a round of 76 and was tied for second after the initial trip around the course. Liscio struggled somewhat to regain that form in round two, falling to ninth overall after turning in a card of 83 in the second trip around the links. Liscio was able to rebound and returned to his first-round form and focus level in the third trip, finishing the tournament tied for sixth overall with a card of 77 in the final round. Liscio led HIU at 236 (+20) and was only four strokes out of a tie for second.

Clarence DeVera (JR/Long Beach, CA) finished second for HIU overall at 243 (+27) after rounds of 78, 85, and 80 in his first, second, and third trips through the course. The Royals' perennial leader on the links struggled at the GSAC Tourney but was still able to finish 15th overall in a 30-player field.

Chris Feltman (FR/Fountain Valley, CA) was the third-best player for HIU in the tourney after rounds of 83, 88, and 82 at Carlton Oaks. Feltman was able to move up three spots in the individual standings from rounds two to three and made a surprising finish as the Royals' third option after being entered as the number five golfer for HIU. Feltman ended tied for 23rd overall at 253 (+37) in the standings.

T.J. Kaczan finished fourth as the final countable player for the Royals with a round of 89 in round one, 87 in round two, and a card of 78 in round three to jump four spots on the individual leaderboard from 29th to 25th. Kaczan certainly did not have his ideal tournament performance overall but was the only Royals to steadily improve throughout the event – the other four HIU golfers saw their round two scored jump by an average of five strokes while Kaczan shaved six per round from his initial round of 89.

Justin Cosca (JR/Buena Park, CA) started out strong for HIU with a card of 78 in round one, tied for seventh in the field with DeVera, but also struggled in the second trip through the course on day one with a card of 89 and tumbled into a tie for 22nd on the leaderboard. Cosca was unable to recover his first round form and would end as the Royals' non-counter with a round of 94 in the final outing on day two at 261 (+45) overall in 27th.

The Royals will return nearly their entire roster for the 2017-18 season and have already made noise about adding even more depth to the team that has grown each season in both roster size and skill level since its first year in 2014-15. Stay tuned for more signing information after the Royals' annual Signing Day event on May 6.