By JAIME HERNANDEZ
The Pima Community College women’s golf team finished in second place at a six-team tournament at the Hillcrest Golf Course in Sun City on March 25-26.
It was the third time in five tournaments this season that Pima has finished as runner-up.
Freshman Josie Trapnell finished third with a 162. Sophomore Abriana Romero had a 174, while fellow sophomore Shelby Empens totaled 175 for the two-day event.
“We played steady both days,” head coach Bill Nicol said. “We’ve been a solid second for the year, and we hope that continues.”
Nicol said he believes the team will be a lock for the national tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla., with one more second-place finish.
The Aztecs came in fourth place at a tournament hosted by Paradise Valley Community College in Cave Creek, Ariz., on March 11-12.
PCC finished with a team total of 765 strokes.
“We are still in second place in the division, but we can’t afford another performance like that,” Nicol said after the tourney.
Trapnell led the Aztecs with a two-day total of 179 strokes. It was the first time she hasn’t medaled this season.
Romero and Empens shot 194 and 189, respectively, while freshman Brittney Makar carded a 203.
The Aztecs played at a tournament in Mesa on March 9-10, rallying from 19 strokes down on the final day to take second place. PCC shot a 697, while Mesa Community College won the tournament with a final score of 641.
Trapnell again medaled by finishing in third place with 163 strokes. In her previous two tournaments, Trapnell has finished third and second, respectively.
Romero finished the tournament with a 7-stroke improvement over the first day to total 171. Empens shot a 176, Makar had a 187.
On the men’s side, the Aztecs finished fifth out of nine teams at the Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa on March 9-10. The Aztecs shot a combined score of 578.
Sophomore Joe Courtney finished in seventh place, shooting a 4-under-par 140.
Freshman Tyler Cooper shot an even-par 144 for the tournament, while sophomore Austin Stuessel posted a three-stroke improvement on day two to finish with a 145.
With only two tournaments left before regionals, the Aztecs are fine-tuning their games in preparation.
“I think they will do well. They are ready to perform,” said head coach Grant Waltke
The women next play in a tournament hosted by Estrella Mountain Community College on April 10-11 at Palm Valley Golf Club in Phoenix. Competition is scheduled to begin at noon on both days.
The men will tee it up at the Toka Sticks Golf Course in Mesa on April 1-2. Chandler-Gilbert Community College will host the tourney, which is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. both days.
April 1-2: @ Chandler-Gilbert CC, Phoenix, 11 a.m. both days