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By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Playing a difficult schedule including one of the nation’s toughest conferences helped the Sonoma State men’s golf team earn selection to the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships.
Sonoma State is the fourth seed in the West with play set for May 5-7, in Austin, Texas. The format pairs regions into four regionals. Teams in the West will play with teams from the South Central. Sonoma State must finish in the top six to earn a spot in the finals, May 19-23, in Allendale, Mich.

Led by two young standouts, the Sonoma State men’s golf team finished strong in the conference championships.

Seawolves sophomore Brandon Lee was named All-California Collegiate Athletic Association, and Justin Shluker took freshman of the year honors. Lee, from Alpharetta, Ga., led the team with a 74.44 stroke average. He was the Seawolves’ top golfer in four tournaments this season, including each of the past three.

Shluker, from Park City, Utah, recorded a 75.44 stroke average.

They helped Sonoma State move up a spot on the final day to finish fifth in the 2014 CCAA Men’s Golf Championship at Brookside Country Club in Stockton. Lee was Sonoma State’s low scorer and sixth individual overall.

This was Sonoma State’s eighth top-five finish in the past nine years.

Entering the conference finals Sonoma State was ranked 23rd in the nation and fourth in the West.

Michael Coit can be reached at mike.coit@pressdemocrat.com.

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