Chase Nicolai earns top-20 finish at Saint Mary's Invitational on Tuesday.
Men's golf closes first tournament of the season with a strong final round at talented Southwestern Intercollegiate.
Young but experienced roster begins 2014-15 season on Monday.
Senior claims second straight First-Team All-WCC honor as he finishes 2014 WCC Championships in a tie for 11th.
The 2013-14 season, the first under Head Coach Brad Lanning, has hit its focal point as the 2014 WCC Championships begin on Monday.
Two tournaments await LMU men's golf before the 2014 West Coast Conference Championships, and they are both this week. It starts with The Duck Invitational on Monday-Tuesday, March 24-25 followed by the US Intercollegiate March 28-30.
Nicolai, in his second season with the Lions, posted a final round of 69, tied with two others for the best final round score. And he did it in record fashion. Nicolai birdied seven of his last eight holes, including his final six, tying Dusty Morton for the school record for consecutive birdies.
Lions' All-Access feature Inside the Lions Spotlight featuring freshman Chase Nicolai
Briefly... Chase Nicolai is in his third season of collegiate golf at LMU...
Highlights at LMU... 2013-14... played in eight tournaments in his sophomore season, posting a stroke average of 75.8 over 24 rounds... finished tied for 12th, tied for 13th and tied for 16th for three top-20 finishes... 2012-13... played 19 rounds in first season of college golf in 2012-13... finished season with a 77.1 stroke average... shot a season-low 71 in the first round of the Del Walker Intercollegiate, going to finish with a six-over 216 in the three rounds, the best of his career... finished in a tie for 21st...
High School... graduated from Woodrow Wilson in 2012 with a 3.7 GPA... played all four seasons of golf for Jeff Evans... was a two-time All-Moore League selection, earning the honor as a junior and senior... had a stroke average of 74.01... as a sophomore Nicolai was the Moore League Champion, shooing a one-under 287... was named the 2010 SCPGA Summer Metro Player of the Year... won the 2011 Yorba Linda Invitational with rounds of 73 and 70, and then take second at the 2011 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions with a three-under 141, hitting rounds of 69 and 72. He would take second at the 2011 Toyota Tour Cup at Tukwet Canyon with rounds of 72 and 70... named first alternate at the 2011 USGA Junior Amateur Championships with a pair of 70s at Woodland Hills and he would take 15th at the 2011 Cal State Junior Amateur with rounds of 73, 77 and 69... was a Distinguished Scholar honoree and winner of the Medallion Award... was ammeter of the National Honor Society and graduated with high honors.
Personal... Chase William Nicolai was born in Long Beach, Calif., on March 5, 1994... He is the son of Ingrid and Kurt Nicolai... has an older brother, Blake, who played for LMU and graduated in 2010... a Business Finance major.