By JAIME HERNANDEZ
The Pima Community College men’s golf team had a strong performance on April 1-2 at the Toka Sticks Golf Course in Phoenix.
The Aztecs totaled 571 strokes to place second in a nine-team field, one stroke ahead of South Mountain Community College. Scottsdale Community College took first-place honors with a combined 567.
Sophomore Joe Courtney finished in third position with a two-day total of 140 (73-67).
Freshman Tyler Cooper shot a 1-under-par 69 on day one, and placed fifth overall with a 143. Fellow freshman David Chung took sixth after carding a 144 over both days.
On the women’s side, PCC placed second in a six-team tournament at Hillcrest Golf Course in Sun City on March 25-26.
Mesa Community College took first-place honors. For the Aztecs, it was the third time they’ve finished second in their five tournaments this season.
Freshman Josie Trapnell finished third overall with a two-day total of 162 (81-81). She has medaled in four tournaments this year.
Sophomore Abriana Romero totaled 174 for the tourney, while fellow sophomore Shelby Empens shot 175.
“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 one more second-place finish would make Pima a lock for the NJCAA national tournament in Mesa on May 13-16.
Pima next tees it up at Toka Sticks in a tournament hosted by Chandler-Gilbert Community College on April 22-23.
“I think we’ll do very well,” Nicol said. “We’ve been getting better every week.
“The girls have been working very hard and improving, so I’m very glad to see that.”
The men’s squad will host a tournament at Tucson’s Silverbell Golf Course on April 14-15.
“I feel pretty good about getting our first victory this week,” head coach Grant Waltke said.
“This is our home course, and we know it better than anyone else.
“The guys are starting to think better and use better course management. We should win this one.”
The first day’s competition is slated to begin at 11 a.m. Day two is scheduled for a 10 a.m. start.