PARK, LARKIN NAMED ALL-SCIACBy Michael Wells Sports Information Director
LOS ANGELES — Katie Park (La Crescenta) and Andrew Larkin (Los Angeles) were named to the SCIAC All-Conference men's and women's golf teams after exceptional performances at the SCIAC Golf Championship Tournament and overall standout seasons.
Park was named to the women's first team and Larkin to the men's second.
Park won the inaugural SCIAC Women's Golf Championship tournament, shooting a 12-over 156 at the Diamond Valley Golf Club.
"I just went into tournament thinking it was a normal tournament. I wasn't thinking about it being the first SCIAC (tournament)," Park said. "It didn't hit me that it was first time that there was a women's tournament. I'm still processing that it's a big deal.
"Now I'm realizing it's going to be a bigger deal each year."
The sophomore economics major shot 74 on Day 1 of the tournament and finished up with a 82 on Day 2, winning the tournament on April 23 by five strokes.
Park stood out on the Tigers women's golf team that, because of injuries, often struggled to post four scores. Still Park was among the most feared players in the conference and always a threat to win a given tournament.
She finished in the top five at two of the three SCIAC tournaments leading up to the championship. At Diamond Valley, she made five birdies and 17 pars over 36 holes.
Larkin finished fourth overall at the championship despite battling a hip injury. He gimped around the course, could be heard grunting in pain on most of his tee shots, but still managed to shoot even-par 144 for the tournament.
"There was definitely the aspect of pain, but you can always take enough Tylenol to get through that. The tough part was that it was restrictive to my movement. I wasn't able to hit my natural golf shot," Larkin said. "It was just a matter of adapting and finding a way to hit the shot I wanted. Just making it up as I went."
Larkin, also a fixture in goal this season for the men's soccer team, completes his career as a two-sport student-athlete at Oxy with his fourth All-SCIAC recognition for golf — Larkin was second team in 2009, first team in 2010 and second team in 2011.
"The season wasn't all that we expected it to be because of injuries, but it's definitely a great feeling to wrap up my career with a solid performance at the conference final," Larkin said. "And to get a fourth all-conference award is pretty special to me."
La Verne's Derek Zachman, who won a playoff on the 18th hole at the championship, was named the Lee Fulmer Player of the Year for the men.
CMS' Maya Reddy, the second-place finisher at Diamond Valley, earned the Player of the Year award for the women.