By JAIME HERNANDEZ
The Pima Community College women’s golf team placed second at Mesa’s Dobson Ranch Golf Course in a tournament held on March 9-10.
The Aztecs carded 697 as a team, while Mesa Community College took first with 641.
Freshman Josie Trapnell medaled for the third straight tournament, coming in third with 163 strokes.
Sophomores Abriana Romero and Shelby Empens totaled 171 and 176, respectively, while freshman Brittney Makar had a 187 for the two-day event.
Pima finished in second place out of six squads in a tournament at Tucson’s Silverbell Golf Course on Feb. 25-26.
PCC shot a combined score of 705. The second-place finish put them in second place in the conference and region.
Trapnell led the Aztecs with another strong performance, finishing in second position with a score of 160.
Romero shot 177, Empens carded a 182, and Makar totaled 186 strokes for the tournament.
“The first day we were not too strong,” said head coach Bill Nicol. “The second day we were much better.”
The team surged from four shots down to overtake Chandler-Gilbert Community College at the end of the tournament.
Mesa won its second tournament this year, and is in first place in both the region and conference.
“Their short game is a little better than ours now, but we are getting better and better,” said Nicol.
The women have their work cut out for them with two tournaments back-to-back.
Pima will finish its two-day tournament at the Legend at Arrowhead Golf Course in Cave Creek, Ariz., on March 12.
The men took fifth at Dobson Ranch on March 9-10, totaling 578 to finish just one stroke behind fourth-place Mesa.
Sophomore Joe Courtney placed seventh with a 140 to lead Pima.
Freshman Tyler Cooper shot 144, while sophomore Austin Stuessel totaled 145 for the two days.
PCC finished a March 4-5 tournament in Glendale in fifth place, shooting a 598. Scottsdale Community College won, totaling 580 strokes.
Stuessel shot the low score for the Aztecs with a 148. Next up were freshman David Chung with a 151 and Courtney with a 152.
The fourth-place finish put the Aztecs in fourth place in the conference.
“There is better golf in all of them,” said head coach Grant Waltke.
Courtney shot the low round of the tournament with a 67 on the second day.
“I think there is nothing but good rounds ahead for him,” said Waltke.