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Golf: Teams hold steady on the course

Golf: Teams hold steady on the course

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By MICKEY LAMB

Women’s golf:

The Pima Community College women’s golf team took third place in the Chandler-Gilbert Invitational on April 7.

The Aztecs closed out the meet at Toka Sticks Golf Course in Pheonix with a combined team score of 680 (342-338). Mesa Community College placed first with a final score of  614.

“We played good both days and we qualified for nationals,” head coach Ray Price said.

In individual play, Freshman Rachel Blount took ninth scoring 163 (83-80).

Sophomore Paige Valles shot  a 169 (86-83) securing the tenth position for PCC.

Freshman Jessica Nordby  placed in 13th with a final score of 173 (86-87).

Freshman Carley Nelson followed close behind, tied for 14th shooting a 175 (87-88).

Pima’s final meet of the regular season is the South Mountain Community College Invitational at Legacy Golf Course in Laveen, Ariz.  on April 20-21. Tee off will be at noon for both days of play.

After the meet, the Aztecs will have two weeks to prepare for the conference championship in Mesa. The meet will take place between May 10-15 and mark the end of the season.

“It’ll be a great experience for the girls, but they did it,” Price said.

Men’s golf:

The Pima Community College men’s golf team finished fourth in the Estrella Mountain Community College Invitational, placing them third overall in ACCAC conference play.

The Aztecs finished the tournament with a combined score of 592 (297-295). South Mountain Community College finished in first shooting a 562.

In individual play, freshman Will Dennis tied for fifth place shooting a two under par 142 (72-70).

Freshman Frankie Wu finished in 11th place  with a one over par 145 (74-71).

Sophomore Anthony Moncada placed in 21st shooting a 152 (74-78).

Freshman Aaron Ramonett shot a 153 (77-76) placing him tied for 22nd.

PCC will play their final tournament of the regular season at Gold Canyon Golf Course in Gold Canyon, Ariz. On April 13-14. Tee off is at noon.


 

ON DECK

WOMEN’S GOLF:

April 20-21: @ South Mountain CC, Legacy Golf Resort, Laveen, 11:56 a.m.

MEN’S GOLF:

April 13-14: @ Paradise Valley CC, Gainey Ranch Golf Course, Scottsdale, noon

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Golf: Teams hold steady

Golf: Teams hold steady

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By MICKEY RAY LAMB

Men’s golf:

The Pima Community College men’s team placed third in the Pima Invitational which took place at Silverbell Golf Course from March 16-17.

“We stepped up in a big way, and took a step in the direction of realizing our potential,” head coach Clark Rustand said.

Scoring 565 the Aztecs trailed second place to Mesa Community College by two strokes.

Freshman David Raur took first place, shooting eight under par 64 during the first day and finishing with a final score of 132.

All conference player sophomore Anthony Moncada and freshman Will Dennis each shot for even-par 144. Freshman Frankie Wu and freshman Aaron Ramonett each shot 148.

Pima’s next match begins March 31 at the WigWam Golf Course in Litchfield Park with tee off at 12:45 p.m.

Women’s golf:

Pima Community College placed fifth in the Estrella Mountain Invitational scoring 753, nine strokes behind conference rival Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Mesa Community College took first scoring 615.

The meet took place at Aguila Golf Course in Phoenix beginning March 17 and closed out the following afternoon.

Freshman Jessica Nordby took eleventh place in individual play with a total of 174. Sophomore Paige Valles placed 14th with a score of 176.

Freshman Carley Nelson shot a 200 taking 19th, followed by freshman Casey Morinelli who took 20th scoring 203.

Pima took third at Scottsdale Invitational Pima on March 15-16 beating out Chandler-Gilbert in a close competition for that position, with a team score of 736.

Each Aztec golfer improved on the second day of competition.

Valles had the Aztec’s best game, taking ninth with a score of 170. Nelson placed 11th shooting a 175. Nordby placed 16th with a score of 193 and Morienelli shot a 198 taking 17th.

“We could have done better, had we not lost a few girls due to slipped grades,” head coach Rick Price said. “If we can secure another third place ranking before the season is over we’ll be eligible for the national tournament.”

Pima’s next meet will be the Chandler-Gilbert Invitational at Toka Sticks Golf Course from April 6-7. Tee off is at noon.

ON DECK

MEN’S GOLF:
March 31: Estrella Mountain CC, Litchfield Park, Tucson, 12:45 p.m.

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Pima golf teams keep swinging for wins

Pima golf teams keep swinging for wins

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By MICKEY RAY LAMB

The Pima Community College women’s golf team finished fourth in the Lady Thunderbird Classic.

The tournament, hosted by Mesa Community College was held at Dobson Ranch Golf Course on March 4-5.

Mesa closed out the event with a low score of 606 (300-306) with the closest contender South Mountain Community College trailing far behind with a 640(327-313).

While the Aztecs placed only fourth in the event as a team, Sophomore Paige Valles found herself finishing in tenth place in individual play, hitting 87 in the first day of play and only 84 in the second, for a final total of 171.

Pima’s next match is from March 15-16 and will be hosted by Scottsdale Community College at Hillcrest Golf Course in Sun City.

Men’s Golf

The Pima Community College men’s golf team finished third at the Mesa Invitational on March 7-8 at the Lone Tree Golf Course in Chandler.

The Aztecs came away with a team score of 583 (293-290) tying with Eastern Arizona College.

Freshman David Rauer improved by five strokes on the second day of the tournament finishing with a two-day total of 143 (74-69). Sophomore Anthony Moncada also shot 143 (69-74) tying with Rauer for 10th place.

Freshman Aaron Ramonett finished in 15th place scoring 147 (75-72), freshman Frankie Wu finished in 21st with a score of 150 (75-75).

The team’s next match is The Pima Invitational on March 16-17.

 

ON DECK

Women’s Golf

March 15-16: @ Hillcrest Golf Course, Sun City

Men’s Golf

March 16-17: Pima Community College, Silverbell Golf Course, 11 a.m. Mon., 8:30 a.m. Tues.

 

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Sophomore Paige Valles takes her approach shot during a recent match.

 

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Golf teams hit down the fairway

Golf teams hit down the fairway

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By MICKEY RAY LAMB

Men’s Golf finishes fourth

The Pima Community College Men’s Golf team placed fourth in the Chandler-Gilbert Invitational on Feb.16-17.

The event, which took place at Toka Sticks Golf Course, was hosted by Chandler-Gilbert Community College and won by South Mountain Community with a low score of 558. PCC scored 586.

Sophomore Anthony Moncada placed 7th in individual play with a final score of 144 (75-69), finishing six strokes better on the second day shooting a three under par.

Freshman Frankie Wu finished tied for 8th, shooting a one under par 71 on the first day and a final score of 145 (71-74).

Freshmen Will Dennis and David Rauer tied for 30th with scores of 152.

The Aztecs will compete in the Mesa Invitational hosted by Mesa Community College starting Sunday, March 3 at 11 a.m. at the Dobson Ranch Golf Course.

Women’s golf finished third again

The Pima Community College women’s golf team came in third place of their Invitational on Feb. 23. Pima has finished third in both of their tournaments so far this season.

The Aztecs finished with a team score of 709 (349-360) falling behind Mesa Community College and South Mountain College who posted scores of 610 and 659 respectively.

Sophomore Paige Valles finished in ninth place with a two-day score of 164 (79-85) during the tournament.

Pima has faced multiple issues with eligibility this season but head coach Clark Rustand sees a silver lining in it all. “It’s given an opportunity for some of our other girls to step up and play,” he said.

The three freshmen finished one after the other during the tournament Casey Morinelli finished 15th, Rachel Blount finished 16th and Carly Nelson finished 17th.

Sophmore Paige Valles lines up to put on the green. (Nick Meyers/Aztec Press)

Sophmore Paige Valles lines up to put on the green.
(Nick Meyers/Aztec Press)

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Teams hit par in first meets

Teams hit par in first meets

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By MICKEY RAY LAMB

Women’s Golf

Transfers and ineligibility are misfortunes that can plague coaches. Such is the case for Pima Community College women’s golf head coach Rick Price.

“We’re not near as strong as we could be,” Price said in a Feb. 2 phone interview. “We’ve lost a lot of good players this season.”

The team has just four players for the 2015 season, returning sophomore Paige Valles, freshman Rachel Blount, Casey Morinelli and Carley Nelson.

The Aztecs took 3rd in their first meet on Feb. 9-10 when Paradise Valley Community College hosted five teams at the Legends at Arrowhead course in Cave Creek, Ariz.

Pima fell behind Mesa Community College and South Mountain Community College with a team score of 726, netting 363 each day.

Blount led the Aztecs with a total of 174 landing her 10th in the tournament. She hit an 86 on Monday and an 88 the next day.

Valles followed close in 11th place with 175 points. She improved on her first day score of 88 with an 87 the next day.

Men’s Golf

Pima Community College’s men’s golf team is looking to build off its 19th place finish at nationals last season.

“I’m really exited about this team,” head coach Clark Rustand said. “We’ve got some good returning players who have shown a lot of promise.”

Returning for the Aztecs 2015 season are sophomores  Anthony Moncada, Benjamin Bradford,  Gabriel Borboa and Robert Swanson.

Also joining the team this season are freshmen Aaron Ramonett, David Raur, Frankie Wu  and University of Arizona freshman transfer Will Dennis.

Pima placed fourth in a field of five teams on Feb. 5-6 at the Glendale Invitational hosted by Glendale Community College at Sun City Golf Course with a team score of 591 (296-295).

Anthony Moncanda took lowest score for the Aztecs with a two-day score of 147 (73-74), which placed him 12th in individual play.

Frankie Wu found his groove scoring under par on the second day placing him in 13th with a two-day score of 148 (77-71).

Two meets are to come in the following weeks.

 

ON DECK

MEN’S GOLF
Feb. 16-17: @Chandler-Gilbert CC, Phoenix, noon

WOMEN’S GOLF
Feb. 22-23: Pima CC hosting,
Silverbell Golf Course, Tucson, 11 a.m.

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GOLF: Teams finish in top 20 at nationals

GOLF: Teams finish in top 20 at nationals

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By NICK MEYERS

The Pima Community College men’s and women’s golf teams finished their season at the NCJAA National Tournaments.

The men’s team took 19th place in Burlington, Iowa, on May 16 with sophomore Tyler Cooper and freshman Ben Bradford tying for 79th individually.

The women’s team took 11th place in Daytona Beach, Florida, on May 15 with sophomore Josie Trapnell tying for 40th individually.

Men finish 19th of 22 teams

The men’s team wrapped up their last tournament with a score of 1,290 points. The Aztecs achieved their lowest total in the third round with 316 points.

Cooper and Bradford tied for 79th place individually with scores of 324. The two players matched each other’s total on the second and last day of play. Both shot 77 for their lowest round scores — Cooper in the third round and Bradford in the final.

The rest of the team’s scores followed closely. Sophomore Anthony Moncada came in with 325 points, shooting a 79 in the third round for his lowest. Freshman Gabe Borboa and sophomore David Chung came in at 326 and 328 respectively.

Borboa put up his lowest score in the first round with 78 and Chung in the third round with 79.

 Women place 11th of 15 teams

The women’s tournament was cut short due to weather conditions, resulting in three days of play ending on May 15. The Aztecs scored 377 points on their first and final days and 381 on the second day.

Trapnell closed the tournament with a final score of 259 and the team’s lowest individual round score of 85. She tied for 40th place individually in the tournament.

Freshman Martha Felix finished with 268 points, scoring a low of 88 on her two final days. Sophomore Brittney Makar shot a total of 300 points, with her lowest score happening in the first round at 94 points.

Freshman Paige Valles showed constant improvement throughout the tournament, shaving three points off her first-round score in her second day and four points off that score in her third round. She shot a total of 308, with a low of 99 on the third day.

Freshman Beth Mentjox shot a total of 343 for the Aztecs, with a low of 111 in the second round. Men take 19th place in Iowa

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By NICK MEYERS

Pima Community College’s men’s golf team landed on the green with a third-place finish at the Division 1 regional tournament in Phoenix April 24-27.

The Aztecs took an early lead in the first round, with sophomore David Chung sitting at the No. 1 spot in individual rankings hitting par with a score of 71.

Freshman Gabe Borboa and sophomore Anthony Moncada followed in fifth and sixth place with scores of 73 and 74.

Chung maintained second place by the end of day two, shooting a 75 for the 70-par course, but dropped to sixth following a rough round of 85. He finished the tournament in fifth place after shooting another 75 for a total of 306, earning him a spot on the All-Region team.

Borboa nearly mimicked Chung with a final score of 308, which earned him a tie for eighth place but lost in the contest for the All-Region spot. He shot a 73, two-over par, on his best day.

Moncada ended the tournament with 311 points.

Sophomore Tyler Cooper finished with 316 points and a four-over par on his second day with 75 points. Freshman Ben Bradford totaled 317 points with a 75 on his last day.

The Aztecs totaled 304 points in the final round in contrast to 310 and 323 on days two and three and 294 in the opening round.

“The kids played better today,” coach Clark Rustand said on the last day of play. “But, it wasn’t enough to dig ourselves out of the hole we dug the previous two days.”

Moncada was named Second Team All-Conference on April 27 after averaging 73 points per round during the regular season.

The men’s team will compete in the NCJAA National Championships in Burlington, Iowa, on May 14-17.

The women’s team closed out the regular season with a second-place finish on April 22 in the South Mountain Community College Invitational. They will compete in the NJCAA tournament in Daytona Beach, Florida, on May 12-15.

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GOLF: Men take third place at regionals

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By NICK MEYERS

Pima Community College’s men’s golf team landed on the green with a third-place finish at the Division 1 regional tournament in Phoenix April 24-27.

The Aztecs took an early lead in the first round, with sophomore David Chung sitting at the No. 1 spot in individual rankings hitting par with a score of 71.

Freshman Gabe Borboa and sophomore Anthony Moncada followed in fifth and sixth place with scores of 73 and 74.

Chung maintained second place by the end of day two, shooting a 75 for the 70-par course, but dropped to sixth following a rough round of 85. He finished the tournament in fifth place after shooting another 75 for a total of 306, earning him a spot on the All-Region team.

Borboa nearly mimicked Chung with a final score of 308, which earned him a tie for eighth place but lost in the contest for the All-Region spot. He shot a 73, two-over par, on his best day.

Moncada ended the tournament with 311 points.

Sophomore Tyler Cooper finished with 316 points and a four-over par on his second day with 75 points. Freshman Ben Bradford totaled 317 points with a 75 on his last day.

The Aztecs totaled 304 points in the final round in contrast to 310 and 323 on days two and three and 294 in the opening round.

“The kids played better today,” coach Clark Rustand said on the last day of play. “But, it wasn’t enough to dig ourselves out of the hole we dug the previous two days.”

Moncada was named Second Team All-Conference on April 27 after averaging 73 points per round during the regular season.

The men’s team will compete in the NCJAA National Championships in Burlington, Iowa, on May 14-17.

The women’s team closed out the regular season with a second-place finish on April 22 in the South Mountain Community College Invitational. They will compete in the NJCAA tournament in Daytona Beach, Florida, on May 12-15.

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GOLF: Aztec prepping for regional championships

GOLF: Aztec prepping for regional championships

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By NICK MEYERS

Pima Community College’s golf teams wrapped up regular season play April 15 and 22 with the men’s team finishing sixth overall and the women’s team finishing second.

 

Women finish season strong

The Aztecs finished a tournament in second place in Phoenix on April 9.

Sophomore Josie Trapnell finished in sixth place over all with a total of 161. This is her second individual placement this season.

Freshmen Martha Felix and Paige Valles shot for 177 and 178, respectively.

Sophomore Brittney Makar was the only Aztec to show an improved score between the two rounds shooting four strokes under her round one score for a total of 192.

The women’s golf team played their last tournament on April 22.

They took second place once again to secure a second place overall standing heading into the regional championships.

 

Men finish on par for the season

PCC’s men’s golf team finished on par tied for fifth place in its last regular season tournament on April 15.

Every member of the team improved upon their first round scores during second round play, the first time the team has done so this season.

Sophomore David Chung shot the best game on the team scoring one-under par and a four-stroke

improvement in the second round for an overall score of 146.

Freshman Gabe Borboa showed the biggest improvement on the team with five less points and also hitting one-under par in his second round for a final score of 147.

Freshman Ben Bradford shot one-over par in the second round and also had a four-stroke improvement and wrapped up the tournament with 150 points.

Sophomore Anthony Moncada finished with a total of 151 points and improved one stroke in his second round.

The Aztecs will move onto regional championship play on April 24 in Gold Canyon.

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GOLF: Men’s team takes sixth place finish

GOLF: Men’s team takes sixth place finish

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By NICK MEYERS

The Pima Community College men’s golf team wrapped up its fifth tournament of the season with a sixth-place finish on April 1 at the Paradise Valley Invitational in Scottsdale.

Sophomore David Chung tied for sixth place amongst individuals with a total of 146 points, improving two strokes in the second round.

Sophomores Anthony Moncada and Tyler Cooper both contributed seven-point improvements in their second rounds for respective totals of 151 and 153.

Freshman Ben Bradford finished closely behind Cooper with a score of 154. Bradford also had a two-point improvement on his second round score.

The players “struggled in the first round and then played much better the second round,” coach Clark Rustand said.

“We just need to figure out how to change that first round to be more competitive,” he said. “I’m confident in our guys and think they’ll get it by the end of the season when it matters.”

The Aztecs will play one more tournament, at the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Invitational on April 14-15, before the Region I championships.

 

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Jaime Hernandez/Aztec Press
Sophomore Tyler Cooper watches the ball take flight on March 3.

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GOLF: Women finish second in Phoenix

GOLF: Women finish second in Phoenix

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By NICK MEYERS

Pima Community College’s women’s golf team took second place at the Estrella Mountain Invitational in Phoenix March 24-25.

In play March 11-12 at the Mesa Invitational, the women finished in second place while the men’s team finished eighth.

Women steer steady course

The Aztecs’ finish in the tournament hosted by Estrella Mountain Community College marks the fifth time the team has taken second place this season.

Coach Rick Price is confident the team will qualify for nationals with their current course.

The Aztecs ended play with a final score of 695.

Freshman Martha Felix led the team with a total of 164 points and the lowest round score of 81. She finished seventh individually in the tournament.

Freshman Paige Valles had the team’s only second-round improvement, shaving four points off her first round score, finishing 92-88.

Sophomore Josie Trapnell anchored the team with a score of 169 while sophomore Brittney Makar finished the tournament with a score of 182.

On March 12, the women tied for another second-place finish with Scottsdale Community College at the Mesa Invitational. Both teams finished with a score of 727.

Three Aztecs contributed six-stroke improvements in their second day of play.

Trapnell, Makar and Valles represented 18 of the 19-point improvement in the second round of play.

Trapnell led the team with a two-day total of 174.

Makar finished with 180, followed by Felix with 183. Valles finished with 190.

Men take a swing and a miss

The men’s team posted its worst finish of the year with a last-place tie on March 12 at the Mesa Invitational.

They currently sit in sixth place in the conference standings.

Coach Clark Rustand considers this tournament the team’s worst performance to date but intends to keep players focused.

“One setback is not a concern for me,” he said. “I think overall we’re still heading in the right direction.

The Aztecs had a combined total of 600 points for the Mesa tournament.

Freshman Ben Bradford led the Aztecs with a score of 148.

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Sophomore Anthony Moncada drives the ball down the fairway at Silverbell Golf Course. ( Aztec Press Photo by Jaime Hernandez)

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GOLF: Men take fourth, women look to nationals

GOLF: Men take fourth, women look to nationals

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By NICK MEYERS

Pima Community College’s golf teams are holding on to consistent tournament play but keeping their eyes set on bigger goals. The men’s team improved upon last tournament’s sixth place finish while the women steered a steady course towards the national championship.

Men’s team takes fourth place in Pima Invitational

The Aztecs were in full swing when they hosted the Pima Invitational at Silverbell Golf Course March 3-4. They improved a seventh-place standing to a fourth-place finish by the end of the second day.

The invitational became a showcase for their best team finish to date as the Aztecs notched a 9-stroke improvement over the first round for a second-day score of 282.

Sophomore Anthony Moncada tied for second in the individual rankings, shooting 70 for par in the first round and 68 for two under in the second. His two-day score of 138 was two strokes behind first place.

Freshman Eric Wu made his collegiate debut with a total of 144, followed closely by freshmen Gabe Borboa at 146 and Ben Bradford at 147.

At press time the men’s team was in the middle of a tournament at Dobson Ranch hosted by Mesa Community College.

Women’s team holds strong second but looks to improve

On March 9-10, the PCC women’s golf team once again took second in ACCAC tournament play during the Scottsdale Invitational.

The Aztecs swung for a total of 724 points, scoring consistently with 362 points over both days of the tournament.

Sophomore Josie Trapnell finished sixth in individual standings with a total score of 170. She anchored the team with two scores of 85 points over both days of the tournament.

Freshman Marta Felix had the biggest second-day improvement shooting 84 points, a six-stroke improvement over her first-day score of 90 points.

Sophomore Brittney Makar and freshman Paige Valles both finished the tournament with a score of 190 points. Makar shot 93 to Valles’s 94 on the first day and 97 to her 96 on the second day.

This is the third time this season the Aztecs have finished in second place behind Mesa Community College.

Head coach Rick Price says the team’s goal is to hold on to their strong second place standing and qualify for Nationals.

“We currently feel pretty confident that we can achieve that goal,” Price said. “We are half way through the season and the nerves will start settling down and I expect we will start playing our best in the last few tournaments.

The women’s team was entering their second day of a tournament at Hillcrest Golf Course hosted by Scottsdale Community College March 12 when the Aztec Press went to print.

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Sophomore Tyler Cooper drives the ball off the first tee in the Pima Invitational on March 4. (Aztec Press photo by Jaime Hernandez)

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GOLF: Women set sight on nationals, Men take fourth

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By NICK MEYERS

Pima Community College’s golf teams are holding on to consistent tournament play but keeping their eyes set on bigger goals. The men’s team improved upon last tournament’s sixth place finish while the women steered a steady course towards the national championship.

Men’s team takes fourth place in Pima Invitational

The Aztecs were in full swing when they hosted the Pima Invitational at Silverbell Golf Course March 3-4. They improved a seventh-place standing to a fourth-place finish by the end of the second day.

The invitational became a showcase for their best team finish to date as the Aztecs notched a 9-stroke improvement over the first round for a second-day score of 282.

Sophomore Anthony Moncada tied for second in the individual rankings, shooting 70 for par in the first round and 68 for two under in the second. His two-day score of 138 was two strokes behind first place.

Freshman Eric Wu made his collegiate debut with a total of 144, followed closely by freshmen Gabe Borboa at 146 and Ben Bradford at 147.

At press time the men’s team was in the middle of a tournament at Dobson Ranch hosted by Mesa Community College.

Women’s team holds strong second but looks to improve

On March 9-10, the PCC women’s golf team once again took second in ACCAC tournament play during the Scottsdale Invitational.

The Aztecs swung for a total of 724 points, scoring consistently with 362 points over both days of the tournament.

Sophomore Josie Trapnell finished sixth in individual standings with a total score of 170. She anchored the team with two scores of 85 points over both days of the tournament.

Freshman Marta Felix had the biggest second-day improvement shooting 84 points, a six-stroke improvement over her first-day score of 90 points.

Sophomore Brittney Makar and freshman Paige Valles both finished the tournament with a score of 190 points. Makar shot 93 to Valles’s 94 on the first day and 97 to her 96 on the second day.

This is the third time this season the Aztecs have finished in second place behind Mesa Community College.

Head coach Rick Price says the team’s goal is to hold on to their strong second place standing and qualify for Nationals.

“We currently feel pretty confident that we can achieve that goal,” Price said. “We are half way through the season and the nerves will start settling down and I expect we will start playing our best in the last few tournaments.

The women’s team was entering their second day of a tournament at Hillcrest Golf Course hosted by Scottsdale Community College March 12 when the Aztec Press went to print.

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GOLF: Teams open season with tournament play

GOLF: Teams open season with tournament play

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By NICK MEYERS

Men feel heat in Sun City

Pima Community College men’s golf team came in behind five other teams at the Glendale Invitational Feb. 20- 21.

The Aztecs performed consistently over the weekend, with two-day totals ranging from 149 to 151 and one-day totals from 74 to 76.

Freshman Gabe Borboa lead the Aztecs with a score 5-over par at 149, which tied him for 13th individually.

Following the tournament, the Aztecs are fifth in conference standings, yet Coach Clark Rustand is optimistic about the improvement of the players on the team.

“We are close to playing really good golf, unfortunately we’re just making a few too many correctable mistakes that prevent us from competing,” Rustand said. “I’m happy where we are and where we are going, we just need to tighten down a bit.”

The Aztecs’ next opportunity comes at home with the Pima Invitational March 3-4 at Silverbell Golf Course. The action begins at 8:30 a.m. both days.

Women take second at Paradise Valley

Pima Community College women’s golf team took second place in the Paradise Valley Invitational on Feb 25.

Sophomore Josie Trapnell finished in seventh place, one spot shy of the medals.

PCC is now ranked second overall behind Mesa Community College.

Pima also finished second against six teams while hosting the first tournament of the season Feb. 10-11.

The Aztecs finished the two-day tournament at Silverbell Golf Course with a two-day score of 709. The team had a 9-stroke improvement on the second day, from 359 to 350.

Trapnell took 10th place with a total of 170. She trailed first place by 20 strokes and was five strokes away from taking home a medal.

Freshman Marta Felix improved five strokes from 88 to 83 for a total of 171. She finished 11th individually.

Sophomore Brittney Makar tied for 14th individually with a score of 179, while freshman Paige Valles finished 17th with a total of 189.

The Aztecs will next compete during the Scottsdale Invitational at the Hillcrest Golf Course on March 9-10.

 

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Men’s golf team finish fourth in first tournament of the season

Men’s golf team finish fourth in first tournament of the season

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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.

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GOLF: Women to nationals, men second in tourney

GOLF: Women to nationals, men second in tourney

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By JAIME HERNANDEZ

The Pima Community College men’s golf team finished in second place at Tucson’s Silverbell Golf Course on April 14-15.

The Aztecs finished the tournament with a combined score of 563. South Mountain Community College took first place with a 543, while Mesa Community College finished third at 564.

“The kids played great, and they’re playing to their capabilities,” head coach Grant Waltke said. “We have to play good, if not better, at regionals than we have done, and I believe they’ll shine at nationals.”

Sophomore Joseph Courtney finished the tournament in fourth place, shooting a 137.

Fellow sophomore Sean Mullen shot the next best score with a 142, and sophomore Austin Stuessel carded a 146.

Stuessel improved his score by eight strokes on the second day by shooting a team-low 69.

“Well, I think we played OK,” Courtney said. “Not quite to our potential, but we did fine.”

Courtney will look to defend his NJCAA Region 1 championship at Sidewinder Golf Course in Gold Canyon, Ariz., on April 25-28.

“I think regionals are going to be great,” he said. “The course sets up well for us, and we feel comfortable out there.”

On the women’s side, the Aztecs locked up a spot in nationals by finishing in second place at Palm Valley Golf Course in Phoenix.

The Aztecs came from 15 strokes back to claim second by shooting a combined score of 367 on the second day, finishing the tournament with a total of 745.

Freshman Josie Trapnell shot a team-best 170, which allowed her to medal for the fifth time in six tournaments.

Sophomore Shelby Empens finished with a 182, while fellow sophomore Abriana Romero totaled 188 over the two days.

“I feel the team still has not hit their potential, but we are excited about regionals and are gearing up for the opportunity to represent PCC,” Trapnell said.

The Aztecs will close out the regular season in Phoenix at Toka Sticks Golf Course in a tournament hosted by Chandler-Gilbert Community College on April 22-23.

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