By BRYAN OROZCO
Pima Community College men’s golf came back to the Old Pueblo with the NJCAA Region I, Division I Championship.
The Aztecs won their second straight championship with a total of 1,179 (295-294-296-294) in the four-day tournament and won by 39 strokes in the final standings.
“It was a great season,” head coach Clark Rustand said. “Our players stepped up this year in a big way, and we saw the program move forward because of it.”
Eastern Arizona College took second place with 1,218 (315-293-309-301).
Scottsdale Community College placed third with 1,236 (316-292-316-312). Estrella Mountain Community College was fourth with 1,325 (334-333-325-330).
Pima sophomore David Rauer was the individual champion as he posted a total score of 286 (72-71-71-72). He was six over par for the tournament and won by 10 strokes.
Last year, Rauer took second place in the region championship.
The Aztecs took half of the eight top golfers spots of the All-Region I, Division I teams.
Sophomore Will Dennis tied for second place in the standings with a score of 296 (75-75-75-71). Sophomore Frankie Wu struggled but managed to finish in fourth place with a 299 (71-74-76-78). Sophomore Wilfred Tewawina tied for seventh place with a score of 305 (78-77-74-76).
Freshman Jonah Daniels struggled but was able to score a five-over par 75 in the final round. He tied for ninth place with a score of 309 (77-74-83-75).
The Aztecs will compete in the NJCAA National Championship at the Duran Golf Course in Melbourne, Fla., from May 16-19.
Rustand believes the one thing the team must do in preparation for nationals is to eliminate mistakes.
“We really struggled at regionals with careless mistakes which lead to higher scores than we should have made,” he said. “If we can eliminate those mistakes, I think we can have a really good week.”
Women’s team heads to Florida May 16-19
By CASEY MUSE JR.
The Pima Community College Women’s golf team is getting ready to participate in the NJCAA Championship at the Daytona Beach Golf Course in Daytona, Fla., May 16-19.
Fans will look to see how freshman Desiree Hong fares. She took first place in four out of six regular season tournaments this season.