By JAIME HERNANDEZ
The Pima Community College women’s golf team placed second in the two-day tournament it hosted on Feb. 25-26 at the Silverbell Golf Course.
Freshman Josie Trapnell shot 160 for the tourney, good enough for second place overall.
Also for Pima, sophomore Abriana Romero had a 177, sophomore Shelby Empens shot 182, and freshman Brittney Makar carded a 186 for the two days.
In their first tournament of the season, the Aztecs finished in second place out of six teams at Legacy Golf Course in Laveen, Ariz.
Pima shot a combined score of 719, while Mesa Community College’s total of 673 won it. South Mountain Community College finished third with a score of 744.
“Pretty good. They all are capable of doing better,” said head coach Bill Nicol of his team’s performance in Laveen.
One of the bright spot for the Aztecs came from Trapnell. She finished third out of 24 players with a score of 167. She shot an 84 on the first day and 83 on the second.
Other finishers for PCC were Romero and Empens at 179 and 183, respectively, and Makar at 190.
Nicol feels his players need to work on their short games before their next tournament. He believes all of them are capable of playing better golf then what they showed last week.
The women hope to improve on their strong start to the season when they play again on March 9-10 at Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa.
Nicol spoke to the possibility of his team getting its first victory of the season there.
“It’s going to be tough to do, but we are going to work on doing it,” he said.
On the men’s side, the Aztecs finished second in a tournament at Legacy on Feb. 18-19, 16 strokes behind winner South Mountain.
Freshman Tyler Cooper led the Aztecs with a two-day total of 144, while fellow freshman Henry Cunningham finished at 146.
After posting an 80 on day one, sophomore Joe Courtney came back with a 70 on the second day.
On the first day, Cunningham had a rare hole-in-one on the fourth hole.
“I was there to see, me and about 50 other people,” said head coach Grant Waltke of the ace.
The women’s team will tee it up at Tucson’s Silverbell Golf Club for a tournament on Feb. 25-26, while the men travel to Sun City on March 4-5 for their next competition.
Mar 4-5: @ Glendale CC, Sun City, noon