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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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April 1-2:  @ Chandler-Gilbert CC, Phoenix, 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.

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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.

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Women

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

Men

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

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WOMEN'S GOLF: Romero ends national tournament in 81st place

WOMEN’S GOLF: Romero ends national tournament in 81st place

Compiled from PCC press releases
The national tournament for women’s golf at the LPGA Lengend Golf Course in Dayton Beach, Florida finished up on Thursday, May 17.
Pima Community College golfer Abriana Romero had a third- round rain delay but finished on Thursday morning shooting her best round of the tournament with a 92. Her final round score was a 104 and she finished tied for 81st for the tournament.
The third day of the NJCAA national tournament was cut short because of weather.
Pima Community College golfer Abriana Romero will finish the 18th hole May 17 at 7:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m. Tucson time) and will tee off for the final round at 8:50 a.m. (5:50 a.m. Tucson time).

Abriana Romero, who is representing the Pima Community College women’s golf team at the NJCAA national tournament, shot a 99 in second-round play May 15 at the LPGA Legenda Golf Course in Dayton Beach, Fla.
Romero’s score was a 4-stroke improvement from the first day round on May 14.
She will tee off at 10:10 a.m. Tucson time on May 16 for the third round.

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By MYLO ERICKSON

 

After closing out the final regular season tournament, one of the three women who play golf for Pima Community College will head to nationals.

Freshman Abriana Romero was one of 20 individual players selected to compete in Daytona Beach, Fla., on May 14-17.

“Obviously it’s an honor to go and I’m both excited and nervous,” Romero said. “I’m excited about the experience, but I’m nervous about the level of difficulty.”

Romero was also named to the All-ACCAC second team.

At nationals, Romero will play on the LPGA International Legends Golf Course.

“The only thing new for her may be an alligator or two,” head coach Bill Nicol said.

The LPGA course is a bit longer than some courses that PCC played on during the season, Nicol said. About 160 women of varying skill levels from across the country will compete.

Nicol and Romero’s mother will be in Daytona to support Romero during the four-day tournament.

She will also receive support from her teammates, sophomore Alondra Olivas and freshman Shelby Empens. They asked her to text her results after each day so they can talk to her about it.

Romero had the best finish for the Aztecs in the final season tournament played at Hillcrest Golf Course in Phoenix. The tournament was hosted by Scottsdale Community College.

The eight-team women’s golf conference doesn’t hold regional playoffs.

Both Romero and Empens will return to the team next season, Nicol said. Olivas has used her two-year eligibility.

Nicol hopes more women will join the team, but said he’ll have to wait and see.

He was upset to lose players at the beginning of the current season, but said the remaining players dealt with it and moved on.

“The ones that stayed learned some things and had a good time,” he said.

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MEN'S GOLF: Team ends national tournament tied for 21st place

MEN’S GOLF: Team ends national tournament tied for 21st place

Compiled from PCC press releases
The Pima Community College men’s golf team completed the NJCAA national tournament on May 18 tied for 21st place. The competition took place in Newton, Kan., at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course.
The Aztecs finished with a tournament team score of 1,277 (300-321-323-333) on the par 72 course.
Joseph Courtney, the Region I individual champion, had the best overall score for the Aztecs in the tournament with a 307 (75-77-77-78). He finished tied for 30th.
Austin Stuessel shot 318 (70-81-83-84) while Adam Ortiz closed out the tournament with a 332 (88-82-76-86). Jonathan Chong had a 348 (83-90-90-85).
The Pima Community College men’s golf team sat in 20th place with a overall team score of 944 after the third round at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan.
The Aztecs shot a 323 May 17 as Adam Ortiz had his best round of the tournament, finishing with a 4-over-par 76. He shot 88 and 82 in the first two rounds. Joseph Courtney shot a 5-over-par 77 and was tied for 42nd in the tournament.
The Aztecs will play their final round on Friday, May 18.
The Pima Community College men’s golf team finished second-day play May 16 with a team score of 321 at the national tournament at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan. It put them tied for 18th place and gave them a two-day score 621.
Austin Stuessel, who shot a 70 on the first day, finished with an 81 and put him in a tie for 40th place. Joseph Courtney shot a 5-over-par 77 on the day and is tied for 47th. Landyn Lewis finished his day with an 81 while Adam Ortiz had a 6-stroke improvement from his first day score of 88 to finish his day on the course with an 82.
The third day of competition is on May 17.
For complete results go to:
click on NJCAA Men’s Champ, D1
Pima Community College ended the day May 15 tied for 8th place with a team score of 300 after the first day of NJCAA national competition at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan.
Austin Stuessel shot a 2-under-par 70. He is tied for 3rd place and three-shots off the lead. Landyn Lewis finished his day tied for 11th after shooting an even-par 72. Joseph Courtney, who was the NJCAA Region I champion, finished his day shooting a 3-over-par 75 and is tied for 34th.
The tournament continues on May 16 and concludes on May 18.

By MYLO ERICKSON

The Pima Community College men’s golf team had its best performance this season at the Region 1 tournament at the Sidewinder Golf Course in Gold Canyon, Ariz., where they took second place.

With the second place victory Pima qualified for the NJCAA national tournament, which will be played in Newton, Kan., at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course on May 12-19.

Pima had another reason to celebrate, as freshman Joseph Courtney took first place overall as an individual.

“I put a lot of work in on my golf game and it paid off,” Courtney said. “I was just elated to come away with the win.”

The Aztecs started the regional tournament on April 26 in second place. They shot 310 as a team, which was 24 strokes behind first place.

Courtney finished his first day shooting two over par with a 73, which was good enough to tie him for third. First place was at 69.

Sophomore Adam Ortiz finished off the first day shooting six over par with a 77.

On the second day of the tournament, Pima stayed in second place while shooting a team score of 301.

The Aztecs shot a two-day total of 611, 36 strokes behind first place. The Aztecs were ahead of third-place Eastern Arizona College by eight strokes.

Courtney shot a three under par with a 68, which was enough for him to take sole possession of second place. He trailed first place by two strokes.

He was then one under par for the tournament with a two day total of 141.

On the third day of the tournament, the Aztecs were able to hold on to second place for the tournament.

Pima shot 303 as a team for the third day and were nine strokes ahead of third-place Eastern. Pima was 48 strokes behind first-place Scottsdale Community College.

Courtney took the lead for individuals on the third day after shooting an even par with a 71. He led the second-place individual by two strokes.

He had a three-day total of 212 at that point.

Pima had its best day on the fourth day of the tournament, shooting a team total of 299 for the day, giving them a four day total of 1,213 as a team.

Courtney locked up first place individually when he birdied both the 17th and 18th holes to finish off the final day one over par with a 72.

That put him at even par for the four-day tournament with a total of 284.

“He finally put it all together,” head coach Grant Waltke said.

The Aztecs also received a great day from freshman Austin Stuessel, who also shot a one over par with a 72.

Pima will now continue its season in the NJCAA national tournament on May 12-19.

Courtney, Ortiz, Stuessel, and freshmen Landyn Lewis and Jonathan Chong Jr. will attend.

“The guys are anxious to get to nationals, to see what they can do,” Waltke said.

He hopes they finish in the top 10.

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GOLF: Women improve scores

GOLF: Women improve scores

By MYLO ERICKON

 

The Pima Community College women’s golf played in its sixth tournament of the year on April 9-10, yet again without enough players to establish a team score.

They played at the par-72 Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa in a tournament hosted by Mesa Community College.

Freshman Abriana Romero had the best first-day score for Pima, shooting a 98. Sophomore Alondra Olivas finished the day with a 99.

Freshman Shelby Empens shot 100. She cut 12 strokes from her score on the back nine.

The women improved their second-day stroke totals.

Olivas shot an 89, with a season-best 39 on the back nine.

“I was super excited for her,” head coach Bill Nicol said.

Romero shot a 91 and Empens finished with a 92.

Romero, who has the highest stroke average for the Pima women, still has a chance to advance to nationals by claiming the conference’s fifth individual spot.

Pima will play in its seventh and final tournament of the year on April 23-24. Scottsdale Community College will host the tournament at Hillcrest Golf Course in Sun City West.

Nicol has never been to this course, but noticed lots of water hazards after an online check.

“It’s kind of like playing a desert course, but you can’t get your ball back,” he said.

Nicol has enjoyed working with his players this season, and said the women often receive compliments.

“One person told me that they’re the three nicest people in the league,” Nicol said. “That’s always great to hear.”

 

 

On Deck:

April 23-24: @ Scottsdale Community College, Sun City West, Hillcrest Golf Course, 11 a.m.

 

Photo by Mylo Erickson

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