Pima golf teams tee off with opposite size issues


As spring approaches, temperatures start to rise and people look forward to outdoor activities. Nothing fills the bill quite like golf.

The coaches of the Pima Community College men’s and women’s golf teams are optimistic about their upcoming seasons.

Women’s coach Bill Nicol said his biggest worry will be keeping every player eligible. The team consists of just four players, the minimum number needed to acquire a team score.

Last year, the women’s golf team finished second in conference/region and went to the national championship match in Daytona Beach. This year, the team does not return a single player.

Nicol has the women working on their short game and feels that it’s going to be an upside.

The women will also have a new team in their conference, Estrella Mountain Community College.

“All the teams are getting better every year,” Nicol said. “At least it seems that way.”

The women will kick off their first tournament at Papago Golf Course in Phoenix on Feb. 14 and 15.  Their home course is Dell Urich Golf Course at Randolph Park.

Men’s coach Grant Waltke, who is entering his 21st season as head coach, wants his team to do well in conference and win regionals, then go to nationals and finish in the top 10.

Waltke believes this year’s team will be better than in 2010, when the men finished 20th in the nation. He said the biggest obstacle they will likely face this year is trying to stay focused.

The men’s team currently has 11 players. Two are returning from last year, although one will sit out the season to concentrate on academics.

Waltke must slim down the team size, as only six can travel in the conference and only five go to regionals and nationals.

The men start the season by hosting a tournament Feb. 20 and 21 at their home course, Torres Blancas in Green Valley.

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