By NICK MEYERS
The Pima Community College Men’s Golf Team took its first swing at the new season with the first tournament on Feb. 3-4.
The Aztecs struggled in the first round but made a spirited comeback in the second, for fourth place in the tournament at Legacy Golf Course in Laveen, Ariz.
The team finished with a combined score of 305 for last place in the first round but tied for the lowest round score in the second day with a team score of 288.
Sophomore David Chung led the team in the first round with a score of 70 and followed up with 74 in the second for a seventh place individual finish and the lowest two-day total on the team, 144.
Freshman Ben Bradford shot three straight birdies in the second round and tied for the lowest score of the day with 68 strokes. He tied for 17th individually with a total of 148.
The team’s new head coach, Clark Rustand, was inspired by the comeback and is excited to see how tournament experience will help players improve upon an already solid bed of talent.
Chung and teammates sophomore Tyler Cooper and sophomore Anthony Moncada are the team’s returning players who Rustand hopes will help anchor the team. Cooper placed 31st with 155 in the tournament and Moncada finished in 11th with 146.
Rustand played golf for Utah Valley State College, where he finished 12th as an All-American in Nationals, and Brigham Young University where he was ranked among the top five junior college golfers in the country before playing as both an amateur and professional golfer.
“I am very excited to be coaching again. The players on this team have a ton of talent, and it’s my job to help them reach their goals,” Rustand said.
Glendale Community College is hosting the next tournament at Sun City South Golf Course on Feb. 20-21 in Sun City, Ariz.