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GOLF: Teams finish in top 20 at nationals

GOLF: Teams finish in top 20 at nationals

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Golf teams place in tournaments

Golf teams place in tournaments

By JAIME HERNANDEZ

Sophomore Joseph Courtney smashes the ball down the fairway during a recent practice round at Tucson's Silverbell Golf Course. Photo by Jaime Hernandez

Sophomore Joseph Courtney smashes the ball down the fairway during a recent practice round at Tucson’s Silverbell Golf Course.
Photo 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.

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GOLF: Women take second in Sun City

GOLF: Women take second in Sun City

By JAIME HERNANDEZ

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Joise Trapnell gathers her cubs before heading to the golf course. Playing for Pima’s golf team is just one of her many activities.

The Pima Community College women’s golf team finished in second place at a six-team tournament at the Hillcrest Golf Course in Sun City on March 25-26.

It was the third time in five tournaments this season that Pima has finished as runner-up.

Freshman Josie Trapnell finished third with a 162. Sophomore Abriana Romero had a 174, while fellow sophomore Shelby Empens totaled 175 for the two-day event.

“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 he believes the team will be a lock for the national tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla., with one more second-place finish.

The Aztecs came in fourth place at a tournament hosted by Paradise Valley Community College in Cave Creek, Ariz., on March 11-12.

PCC finished with a team total of 765 strokes.

“We are still in second place in the division, but we can’t afford another performance like that,” Nicol said after the tourney.

Trapnell led the Aztecs with a two-day total of 179 strokes. It was the first time she hasn’t medaled this season.

Romero and Empens shot 194 and 189, respectively, while freshman Brittney Makar carded a 203.

The Aztecs played at a tournament in Mesa on March 9-10, rallying from 19 strokes down on the final day to take second place. PCC shot a 697, while Mesa Community College won the tournament with a final score of 641.

Trapnell again medaled by finishing in third place with 163 strokes. In her previous two tournaments, Trapnell has finished third and second, respectively.

Romero finished the tournament with a 7-stroke improvement over the first day to total 171. Empens shot a 176, Makar had a 187.

On the men’s side, the Aztecs finished fifth out of nine teams at the Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa on March 9-10. The Aztecs shot a combined score of 578.

Sophomore Joe Courtney finished in seventh place, shooting a 4-under-par 140.

Freshman Tyler Cooper shot an even-par 144 for the tournament, while sophomore Austin Stuessel posted a three-stroke improvement on day two to finish with a 145.

With only two tournaments left before regionals, the Aztecs are fine-tuning their games in preparation.

“I think they will do well. They are ready to perform,” said head coach Grant Waltke

The women next play in a tournament hosted by Estrella Mountain Community College on April 10-11 at Palm Valley Golf Club in Phoenix. Competition is scheduled to begin at noon on both days.

The men will tee it up at the Toka Sticks Golf Course in Mesa on April 1-2. Chandler-Gilbert Community College will host the tourney, which is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. both days.

 

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Golfer knows it’s never too late

Golfer knows it’s never too late

By JAIME HERNANDEZ

Pima Community College golfer Josie Trapnell isn’t your average freshman. The 50-year-old Minnesota native has come a long way to get to where she is now.

Trapnell has been playing sports her entire life. In her earlier years she played rugby, softball, hockey and was on a traveling broomball team, which is a sport similar to hockey.

She and her broomball team traveled throughout Canada playing other teams. That was cut short when she needed hip surgery.

It wasn’t until her husband Joseph introduced her to the game of golf about seven years ago that she picked up the game, and she has been playing ever since.

When Trapnell found out that Pima was hurting for female golfers, she decided to enroll and join the team.

One might think that being so much older than her fellow teammates would be weird for Trapnell, but that’s not the case.

“I thought so at first,” she said. “The girls accepted me and made me feel really welcome.”

Trapnell is studying to get her coaching degree. She also volunteers at The First Tee, which is a youth-development organization that provides educational programs and seeks to promote healthy lifestyle choices through the game of golf.

“I want to coach youth,” she said. “I want to help in the progress of all kids to become better golfers.”

The student, wife and mother of 11-year-old twins also runs her own business, JT Architectural Sales, with her husband. The company sells commercial supplies for businesses, such as bathroom hand dryers.

Even while juggling all these responsibilities, she still finds time to get to the driving range for practice.

She has many goals that she wants to accomplish before her golfing days are done — from being the best mother she can be to helping her husband run a successful business, along with helping Arizona’s youth become better golfers and also becoming the best golfer she can be.

“I want to get better,” she said, “to get more comfortable in tournaments.”

So far she has finished second overall in her first two tournaments as an Aztec. It seems clear that when this woman puts her mind to something, there is nothing that can get in her way.

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GOLF: Trapnell places second in home tourney, men second in Laveen

GOLF: Trapnell places second in home tourney, men second in Laveen

By JAIME HERNANDEZ

The Pima Community College women’s golf team placed second in the two-day tournament it hosted on Feb. 25-26 at the Silverbell Golf Course.

Freshman Josie Trapnell shot 160 for the tourney, good enough for second place overall.

Also for Pima, sophomore Abriana Romero had a 177, sophomore Shelby Empens shot 182, and freshman Brittney Makar carded a 186 for the two days.

In their first tournament of the season, the Aztecs finished in second place out of six teams at Legacy Golf Course in Laveen, Ariz.

Pima shot a combined score of 719, while Mesa Community College’s total of 673 won it. South Mountain Community College finished third with a score of 744.

“Pretty good. They all are capable of doing better,” said head coach Bill Nicol of his team’s performance in Laveen.

One of the bright spot for the Aztecs came from Trapnell. She finished third out of 24 players with a score of 167. She shot an 84 on the first day and 83 on the second.

Other finishers for PCC were Romero and Empens at 179 and 183, respectively, and Makar at 190.

Nicol feels his players need to work on their short games before their next tournament. He believes all of them are capable of playing better golf then what they showed last week.

The women hope to improve on their strong start to the season when they play again on March 9-10 at Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa.

Nicol spoke to the possibility of his team getting its first victory of the season there.

“It’s going to be tough to do, but we are going to work on doing it,” he said.

On the men’s side, the Aztecs finished second in a tournament at Legacy on Feb. 18-19, 16 strokes behind winner South Mountain.

Freshman Tyler Cooper led the Aztecs with a two-day total of 144, while fellow freshman Henry Cunningham finished at 146.

After posting an 80 on day one, sophomore Joe Courtney came back with a 70 on the second day.

On the first day, Cunningham had a rare hole-in-one on the fourth hole.

“I was there to see, me and about 50 other people,” said head coach Grant Waltke of the ace.

The women’s team will tee it up at Tucson’s Silverbell Golf Club for a tournament on Feb. 25-26, while the men travel to Sun City on March 4-5 for their next competition.

ON DECK

Men:

Mar 4-5:  @ Glendale CC, Sun City, noon

 

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GOLF:  Teams teeing it up

GOLF: Teams teeing it up

By JAIME HERNANDEZ

Golf season is finally here, and the Pima Community College men’s and women’s teams are ready to get out on the links.

The men’s squad wants to improve on a second-place finish at regionals last year, along with a fourth-place ACCAC showing.

“We have a darn good team,” head coach Grant Waltke said. “We have a chance to win it all — regionals and conference.”

The Aztecs are led by sophomore Joseph Courtney. Newcomers to keep an eye on are freshmen James Cooper, Henry Cunningham and David Chung.

Sophomore Landyn Lewis may be the most improved player.

Waltke credits Lewis’ concentration. “It’s amazing what you can do when you put some practice in,” he said.

PCC opened its season Feb. 4-5 in a six-team tournament in Sun City, finishing fourth with a team score of 589. South Mountain Community College took first, totaling 556 strokes.

Courtney finished at an even-par 144 over the two days, good enough to tie for seventh position.

Cooper came in 12th with a 146. Cunningham shot 149, Lewis had 153, sophomore Sean Mullen finished at 154 and sophomore Austin Stuessel had 158.

This will be Waltke’s final year coaching the Aztecs.

“Twenty-three years — I figure at 71 years of age, it’s time to pass it on to someone else,” he said.

Head women’s coach Bill Nichol is also feeling optimistic.

“I’m looking forward to a real good year,” Nichol said. “We’ll find out how we stack up, but we have some very solid players.”

With four golfers on the squad, the women can also look forward to qualifying for a team score at this year’s meets, unlike last year. Four is the minimum to qualify for a team score.

Sophomores Shelby Empens and Abriana Romero return to anchor the squad.

“They’re both extremely solid players,” Nichol said.

The newcomers are freshmen Brittney Makar and Josie Trapnell.

Nichol said Makar hits a “good, long ball.” Trapnell is a nontraditional student returning to school to get her coaching certificate.

ON DECK

Women

Feb. 11-12:  @ South Mountain CC (Laveen, Ariz.)

Men

Feb. 18-19:  @ South Mountain CC (Laveen, Ariz.)

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