By CHRISTIAN MORTENSEN and MICHELLE TRUJILLO
By Christian Mortensen
The Pima Community College men’s golf team comes into the 2018 season after a succesful 2017, in which the Aztecs finished 20th at the NJCAA Division 1 Championship in Kansas and had two sophomores voted to the all-region team.
Even though those two standouts have departed, the team has high hopes once again this year as they return three golfers from last season, including Cooper Cordova and Johnny Fiore, who both competed in the national tournament last year.
The Aztecs head into the season ranked No. 14 in the NJCAA Division 1 preseason poll.
Jan. 29-30: Glendale Invitational
The men opened their 2018 season at the Los Caballeros Golf Course in Wickenburg, Arizona when they competed in the Glendale Invitational.
The Aztecs shot a combined 640 over the two day tournament, which was good enough for fourth overall out of a field of nine schools. South Mountain Community College shot a combined 612 to take first place.
Sophomore Cooper Cordova tied for fifth place in the individual standings after he shot a combined 154 on the par 144 course.
By Michelle Trujillo
Last season, the women’s golf team ended the season on a high note.
The women kicked off their 2017 season at the Mesa Invitational where they took second place. Showcasing their ability, they improved by 22 strokes on the second-round play.
The Aztecs played hard for the whole season of 2016-2017, taking first or second place in their tournaments.
They continued to do well at the ACCAC conference, taking second place, and finished 16th out of 18 teams at NJCAA championships.
Team captain Juliana Perez said she is the only returning player for the 2017-2018 season. Perez said she is “most excited” about traveling with her team “since the team is bigger this year.”
“With a bigger team, we have a better chance at beating Mesa Community College,” Perez said.
Rick Price, head coach of the women’s golf team, has lofty aspirations for the team.
“Our team goal is to qualify for nationals,” he said, adding that he hoped to also have at least one Academic All-American.
There are five new players on the team. One of them is Araceli Esquivel, who Price described as one of the top players in the conference.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if she wins a couple of events this season,” Price said.
The Pima Community College women’s golf team had its first tournament, the South Mountain Community College Invitational, Feb 5 at Villa De Paz Golf in Phoenix.
Feb. 5-6 South Moutain Invitational
The women’s golf team of Pima Community College competed in their first invitaional of the season.
The Aztecs took forth place in the final standings of the invitational.
Freshman Araceli Esquivel had the best secod day. as she finished fourth in the invitaional standings.
she improved throughout the day by her second round she had an improvemnt of six strokes.
Esquivel shot an eight-over par to finish her day.
Women’s: Feb. 12-13: Scottsdale CC Invitational, 11 a.m.