MEN’S GOLF: Team ends national tournament tied for 21st place

Compiled from PCC press releases
The Pima Community College men’s golf team completed the NJCAA national tournament on May 18 tied for 21st place. The competition took place in Newton, Kan., at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course.
The Aztecs finished with a tournament team score of 1,277 (300-321-323-333) on the par 72 course.
Joseph Courtney, the Region I individual champion, had the best overall score for the Aztecs in the tournament with a 307 (75-77-77-78). He finished tied for 30th.
Austin Stuessel shot 318 (70-81-83-84) while Adam Ortiz closed out the tournament with a 332 (88-82-76-86). Jonathan Chong had a 348 (83-90-90-85).
The Pima Community College men’s golf team sat in 20th place with a overall team score of 944 after the third round at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan.
The Aztecs shot a 323 May 17 as Adam Ortiz had his best round of the tournament, finishing with a 4-over-par 76. He shot 88 and 82 in the first two rounds. Joseph Courtney shot a 5-over-par 77 and was tied for 42nd in the tournament.
The Aztecs will play their final round on Friday, May 18.
The Pima Community College men’s golf team finished second-day play May 16 with a team score of 321 at the national tournament at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan. It put them tied for 18th place and gave them a two-day score 621.
Austin Stuessel, who shot a 70 on the first day, finished with an 81 and put him in a tie for 40th place. Joseph Courtney shot a 5-over-par 77 on the day and is tied for 47th. Landyn Lewis finished his day with an 81 while Adam Ortiz had a 6-stroke improvement from his first day score of 88 to finish his day on the course with an 82.
The third day of competition is on May 17.
For complete results go to:
click on NJCAA Men’s Champ, D1
Pima Community College ended the day May 15 tied for 8th place with a team score of 300 after the first day of NJCAA national competition at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan.
Austin Stuessel shot a 2-under-par 70. He is tied for 3rd place and three-shots off the lead. Landyn Lewis finished his day tied for 11th after shooting an even-par 72. Joseph Courtney, who was the NJCAA Region I champion, finished his day shooting a 3-over-par 75 and is tied for 34th.
The tournament continues on May 16 and concludes on May 18.

By MYLO ERICKSON

The Pima Community College men’s golf team had its best performance this season at the Region 1 tournament at the Sidewinder Golf Course in Gold Canyon, Ariz., where they took second place.

With the second place victory Pima qualified for the NJCAA national tournament, which will be played in Newton, Kan., at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course on May 12-19.

Pima had another reason to celebrate, as freshman Joseph Courtney took first place overall as an individual.

“I put a lot of work in on my golf game and it paid off,” Courtney said. “I was just elated to come away with the win.”

The Aztecs started the regional tournament on April 26 in second place. They shot 310 as a team, which was 24 strokes behind first place.

Courtney finished his first day shooting two over par with a 73, which was good enough to tie him for third. First place was at 69.

Sophomore Adam Ortiz finished off the first day shooting six over par with a 77.

On the second day of the tournament, Pima stayed in second place while shooting a team score of 301.

The Aztecs shot a two-day total of 611, 36 strokes behind first place. The Aztecs were ahead of third-place Eastern Arizona College by eight strokes.

Courtney shot a three under par with a 68, which was enough for him to take sole possession of second place. He trailed first place by two strokes.

He was then one under par for the tournament with a two day total of 141.

On the third day of the tournament, the Aztecs were able to hold on to second place for the tournament.

Pima shot 303 as a team for the third day and were nine strokes ahead of third-place Eastern. Pima was 48 strokes behind first-place Scottsdale Community College.

Courtney took the lead for individuals on the third day after shooting an even par with a 71. He led the second-place individual by two strokes.

He had a three-day total of 212 at that point.

Pima had its best day on the fourth day of the tournament, shooting a team total of 299 for the day, giving them a four day total of 1,213 as a team.

Courtney locked up first place individually when he birdied both the 17th and 18th holes to finish off the final day one over par with a 72.

That put him at even par for the four-day tournament with a total of 284.

“He finally put it all together,” head coach Grant Waltke said.

The Aztecs also received a great day from freshman Austin Stuessel, who also shot a one over par with a 72.

Pima will now continue its season in the NJCAA national tournament on May 12-19.

Courtney, Ortiz, Stuessel, and freshmen Landyn Lewis and Jonathan Chong Jr. will attend.

“The guys are anxious to get to nationals, to see what they can do,” Waltke said.

He hopes they finish in the top 10.

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