By BRYAN OROZCO
Pima Community College men’s golf came back to the Old Pueblo with the NJCAA Region I, Division I Championship.
The Aztecs won their second straight championship with a total of 1,179 (295-294-296-294) in the four-day tournament and won by 39 strokes in the final standings.
“It was a great season,” head coach Clark Rustand said. “Our players stepped up this year in a big way, and we saw the program move forward because of it.”
Eastern Arizona College took second place with 1,218 (315-293-309-301).
Scottsdale Community College placed third with 1,236 (316-292-316-312). Estrella Mountain Community College was fourth with 1,325 (334-333-325-330).
Pima sophomore David Rauer was the individual champion as he posted a total score of 286 (72-71-71-72). He was six over par for the tournament and won by 10 strokes.
Last year, Rauer took second place in the region championship.
The Aztecs took half of the eight top golfers spots of the All-Region I, Division I teams.
Sophomore Will Dennis tied for second place in the standings with a score of 296 (75-75-75-71). Sophomore Frankie Wu struggled but managed to finish in fourth place with a 299 (71-74-76-78). Sophomore Wilfred Tewawina tied for seventh place with a score of 305 (78-77-74-76).
Freshman Jonah Daniels struggled but was able to score a five-over par 75 in the final round. He tied for ninth place with a score of 309 (77-74-83-75).
The Aztecs will compete in the NJCAA National Championship at the Duran Golf Course in Melbourne, Fla., from May 16-19.
Rustand believes the one thing the team must do in preparation for nationals is to eliminate mistakes.
“We really struggled at regionals with careless mistakes which lead to higher scores than we should have made,” he said. “If we can eliminate those mistakes, I think we can have a really good week.”
Women’s team heads to Florida May 16-19
By CASEY MUSE JR.
The Pima Community College Women’s golf team is getting ready to participate in the NJCAA Championship at the Daytona Beach Golf Course in Daytona, Fla., May 16-19.
Fans will look to see how freshman Desiree Hong fares. She took first place in four out of six regular season tournaments this season.
By CASEY MUSE JR.
The Pima Community College women’s golf team participated in their final tournament of the season April 18-19.
Freshman Desiree Hong had a solid outing winning her fourth individual tournament. She shot a three-over par 73 in
the first round and a two-under par 68. She finished with a two-day total of 141 (+1).
Hong was named ACCAC Conference Player of the Year and earned first team All-ACCAC Conference as well as
Pima finished second overall as a team for the fifth time. The Aztecs finished with a score of 636 (328-308). Mesa
Community College won the tournament with a team score of 613 (308-305).
Freshman Samantha Hacker finished the tournament in fifth with a score of 157 (80-77). Hacker was named second
team All-ACCAC Conference and second-team All-Region I.
Sophomore Adriana Moreno finished with a two-day score of 166 (86-80). Moreno was also named second team
Pima took second place in the overall ACCAC Conference standings. The next stop for the Aztecs is the NJCAA National
Championship in Dayton Beach, Fla. May 16-19.
By BRYAN OROZCO
Pima Community College men’s golf team closed out the regular season finishing in second place for the fourth
The Aztecs tied with Eastern Arizona College with a two-round total of 571 (286-285) at the Scottsdale Community
College Invitational. Eastern Arizona also took second with a score of 571 (279-292).
South Mountain Community College took first place with a total of 557 (282-275).
Sophomore Will Dennis had the best score for the Aztecs as he tied for fourth place in the individual tournament. He
shot a five under-par 139, shooting a one-under par 71 on in the first round and a four-under par 68 for the second
Sophomore David Rauer tied for 12th place with a one-under par 143. He shot a one-over par 73 in the first round and a
two-under par 70 for the second.
Sophomores Wilfred Tewawina and Frankie Wu each finished the tournament tied for 21st place. Tewawina shot a 147
(75-72) and Wu finished with a 147 (72-75).
The Aztecs will compete in the Region I championships April 28 to May 1 at the Gold Canyon Golf Course in Gold
April 28-May 1: @ ACCAC Region 1 Championship, Gold Canyon Golf Course, Gold Canyon, Ariz. Time TBA
By BRYAN OROZCO
Pima Community College men’s golf team took second for the third consecutive time at the Paradise Valley Community College Invitational.
Freshman Nick St. Clair finished third among the individual standings with a score of 144 shooting a two-over par 74 in the first round and a two-under par 70 in the second round.
Sophomore Frankie Wu shot a 74 in the first round and a three-stroke improvement in the second round with a one-under par 71. He placed in sixth place with a score of 145.
Sophomore David Rauer and freshman Jonah Daniels tied for seventh place at 146.
Rauer shot an even-par 72 in the first round and a two-over par 74 in the second round.
Daniels shot a 74-72 for the weekend.
The regular season comes to a close when the Aztecs travel to Glendale Community College on April 11- 12.
April 11-12: Glendale Invitational, Hillcrest Golf Course, Sun City, 11 a.m.
By CASEY MUSE JR.
The Pima Community College women’s golf team finished in second place March 15-16 at the Chandler-Gilbert Invitational.
The Aztecs finished with a two-day total of 667 (338-329). The results marked the fourth-straight time they’ve finished in second place this season. Mesa Community College finished first
PCC freshman Desiree Hong took first place in individual play with a two-day score of 151.
Freshmen Adriana Moreno and Samantha Hacker each shot a two-day score of 170.
Results were similar at the Estrella Mountain Community College Invitational on March 13-14.
During team play, the Aztecs led into the final round but were unable to hang on. Pima finished with a two-day score of 659 (325-334), 10 strokes behind Mesa.
Hong captured first place with a score of 146 (72-74).
“She really has a lot of confidence,” head coach Rick Price said. “What’s really crazy is she is still not playing up to her full capability. She can be even better.”
Moreno finished eighth in the Estrella Invitational while sophomore Casey Morinelli took ninth.
Price let the team enjoy the rest of their spring break. “I believe we solidified our qualifying for nationals with our performance this week, so it will be nice to give them some time off to catch up with school work,” he said.
April 4-5: @ South Mountain Invitational, Legacy Golf Resort, Laveen, 12:30 p.m.
By BRYAN OROZCO
The Pima Community College men’s golf team took second place at the Mesa Community College Invitational on March 14-15, finishing just one stroke behind the first-place team.
The Aztecs finished 18 strokes under par, with a score of 558 (284-274). South Mountain Community College scored 557 (278-274).
PCC sophomore Frankie Wu was the invitational’s top scorer, shooting a 10-under par 134. He shot a one-under par 71 for the first round and a nine-under par 63 in the second round.
Sophomore David Rauer finished in third place with a six-under par 138. He shot a two-under par 70 in the first round and a four-under par 68 in the second round.
Rauer won the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Invitational on Feb. 9.
Sophomore Will Dennis finished in fourth place with a five-under par 139. He shot a three-under par 69 in the first round and a four-under par 68 in the second.
Freshman Jonah Daniels shot 147 (74-73) and tied for 18th in the standings.
The Aztecs will compete in the Paradise Valley Community College Invitational on March 28-29 at the Gainey Ranch Golf Course in Scottsdale.
Teams will tee off at 12:30 p.m. for both rounds.
March 28-29: @ Paradise Valley Invitational, Gainey Ranch Golf Course, Scottsdale, 12:30 p.m.
By BRYAN OROZCO
The Pima Community College men’s golf team finished in second place when it hosted the PCC Invitational at Silverbell Golf Course on Feb. 28-29.
South Mountain Community College from Phoenix took first place.
The Aztecs finished the tournament with a two-day score of 563, earning a score of 281 in the first round and 282 in the second round.
Sophomore David Rauer was Pima’s top finisher and earned medalist honors after he tied for second place.
He finished with a score of 138, shooting a two-under par 68 in the first round and an even-par 70 in the second.
Sophomore Wilfred Tewawina finished at 143, with a one-over par 71 in the first round and a two-over par 72 in the second round.
Freshman Jonah Daniels finished with a score of 144.
He shot a two-under par 68 in the second round, an eight-stroke improvement from his first round score of 76.
Sophomore Will Dennis also finished at 144, shooting a two-over par 72 in both rounds.
Sophomore Frankie Wu finished at 145 after struggling in the second round.
The Aztecs will play their fourth tournament of the season on March 14-15 in the Mesa Community College Invitational at the Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa.
Teams will tee off at 7 a.m. on Monday and at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
The Pima Community College women’s golf team was scheduled to play in the Scottsdale Community College Invitational on March 7-8.
The tournament took place after Aztec Press went to the printer.
March 14: @ Mesa Invitational, Mesa, 7 a.m.
March 15: @ Mesa Invitational, Mesa, 11 a.m.
Sophomore David Rauer tees off at the PCC Invitational Feb. 29 at Silverbell Golf Course. Rauer finished in a tie for second place.
Steven Fowler/Aztec Press
March 13-14: @ Estrella Mountain Invitational, Aguila Golf Course, noon.
March 15-16: @ Chandler-Gilbert CC, noon.
By STEVEN FOWLER
Pima Community College men’s golf team tied for sixth at the Estrella Mountain Invitational on Feb. 15-16 at the Wigwam Golf Course in Litchfield.
The Aztecs recorded a two-day score of 599 (302-297) tied with Glendale Community College.
Sophomore David Rauer, who won the Chandler-Gilbert Invitational individual tournament on Feb. 8-9, finished tied for seventh place with a two-day total of 145. Rauer shot a two-over par 74 on Feb. 15 and a one-under par in his second round on Feb. 16.
Sophomore Will Dennis finished the individual tournament tied for 14th place with a 149 score. He shot a one-over par 73 on Feb. 16, and a four-over 76 on the first day of the tournament.
Sophomore Frankie Wu shot a 150 (75-75) and tied for 17th in the individual tournament. Sophomore Wilfred Tewawina tied for 32nd with a 155 (77-78).
PCC hosts the Pima Invitational at the Silverbell Golf Course on Feb. 29-March 1, starting at 10:30 a.m. on both days.
Feb. 29-March 1: Pima Invitational at Silverbell Golf Course, 10:30 a.m.
By STEVEN FOWLER
The Pima Community College women’s golf team was back in action Feb. 14-15 at the Mesa Community College Invitational at Dobson Ranch Golf Course.
Freshman Desiree Hong won the individual tournament with a two-day score of 151. She shot a three-over par 75 in the first round and finished with a four-over par 76.
Hong defeated her opponent by a margin of three stokes.
“Once she has another tournament or two under her belt, she will improve even more,” head coach Rick Price said. “She grew up playing golf and we know that she is capable of shooting under par consistently.”
PCC ended in second place with an overall team score of 658. Pima finished behind host Mesa Community College, which had a score of 628. South Mountain Community College finished third with a team score of 687.
Sophomore Adriana Moreno finished the tournament tied for eighth place. She had a two-day total of 168 (84-84).
Sophomore Casey Morinelli and freshman Samantha hacker tied each other for 11th place with scores of 170. Both teammates improved their score by four strokes, 87-84 during the second round of play.
Freshman Raquel Converse shot 171 (86-85) and sophomore Carley Nelson finished at 182 (93-89).
The Aztecs are anxious to quickly return to competitive play.
“We’re looking forward to it,” Price said. “Each event gets us one step closer to reaching our goal of nationals in May.”
Pima’s next opportunity will come March 7-8 at the Scottsdale Invitational.
March 7-8: @ Scottsdale Invitational, Hillcrest
Golf Course, 11 a.m.
March 13-14: @ Estrella Mountain Invitational,
Aguila Golf Course, noon
By MICKEY RAY LAMB
The Pima Community College women’s golf team was unable to complete its first meet of the season.
“I’m not at liberty to disclose any information at the moment,” head coach Rick Price said, citing eligibility issues.
Although the Aztecs participated during the first day of competition, PCC was not permitted to participate in the contest for the second day of events.
The next meet of the season is at Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa on Feb. 14 at noon.
The mens’s golf team had an outstanding season opener, winning the Chandler-Gilbert invitational.
Pima finished on top individually, with David Rauer taking first place with a 137, Wilfred Tewawina in second with 140 and Frankie Wu was tied for third with a 142 in the two-day event.
By MICKEY RAY LAMB
After placing 14th in the 2015 NJCAA National Tournament, the Pima Community College women’s golf team enters the 2016 season optimistically.
“This group of young ladies, is the best group I’ve ever had the privilege to coach,” head coach Rick Price said. “Maybe even program history.”
Key returnees include Cary Nelson and Casey Morinelli. Along with recruits Samantha Hacker and Desiree Holl from Sahuaro High School’s state champion team, they strive to extend Pima’s successes on the field.
Pima’s first match of the season will be against Imperial Valley on Feb. 6.
The Pima Community College men’s golf team closed out play in the NJCAA National Championship on May 15 at the Sand Creek Golf Course in Newton, Kan. with a 14th-place team finish.
The Aztecs climbed two spots in the team standings after the final round and finished with a four-day total of 1217.
Freshman David Rauer finished tied for 25th place in the individual standings with a four-day score of 298. Freshman Frankie Wu had three birdies in the final round as he finished with a three-under par 69. He ended up tied for 32nd with a total of 300.
Sophomore Anthony Moncada and freshmen Will Dennis and Aaron Ramonett each finished tied for 84th with a score of 323.
Compiled from a press release.
The Pima Community College women’s golf team finished in 14th place in the 15-team field at the NJCAA National Championship at the Longbow Golf Course in Mesa from May 11-14.
The team never found its groove, finishing the first day near the bottom of the leaderboard with a team score of 370, more than 60 shots from the top. The team finished the tourney with a score of 1502.
Sophomore Paige Valles finished in 33rd place with a 334, the lowest individual score for an Aztec. She was named Second Team All-Region for her regular season performance.
Freshman Rachel Blount took 69th with an overall score of 367, while freshman Carley Nelson shot a 403. Freshman Casey Morinelli had a 410 and freshman Jessica Nordby finished with a 416.
Tiffany Chan from Daytona State College finished at the top with an individual score of 288, and Seminole State won the team competition with a combined score of 1204. Mesa CC finished in third with a team score of 1267.
Contains information from a press release.
By CALEB FOSTER
The Pima Community College women’s golf team wrapped up its regular season on April 28 at the South Mountain Invitational in Laveen.
Pima came in third place with a two-day score of 677 (334-343). Pima has come in third place five times this season ultimately finishing third overall in conference ranking.
Sophomore Paige Valles had her best performance of the season with a two-day score of 156 (79-77) placing her in a tie for seventh place.
Freshman Rachel Blount tied for 10th with a two-day score of 165 (83-82). Freshman Carly Nelson came in 14th with a score of 173 (83-90). Freshmen Casey Morinelli and Jessica Nordby finished in a tie for 17th with a score of 187.
Pima will compete in the NJCAA National Tournament in Mesa on May 10-15.
The Pima Community College men’s golf team solidified their hold on the Region I, Division I championship on the fourth day of the tournament.
Pima tied with Eastern Arizona College coming into the last day of the tournament the Aztecs pulled out a tournament best 285 team score for the day to claim the championship.
“I’m very happy with the way they played over the last four days,” Pima men’s golf coach Clark Rustand said in a press release. “They should be very proud of themselves and they saved the best round for last. To have four of the eight make All-Region is pretty fun.”
The Aztecs finished with a team score of 1180 (296-295-304-285). Eastern Arizona came in second and Scottsdale Community College finished in third place.
Freshman David Rauer came in second place tying his best score for the season shooting three under par 67. He finished with a score of 287 (73-68-79-67).
Freshman Frankie Wu finished in fourth place with a score of 296 (72-77-73-74).
The Aztecs will compete in the NJCAA National Tournament, which will be held at the Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan. on May 10-15.
By MICKEY RAY LAMB
Pima Community College men’s golf team rounded out their final match of the 2015 season with a third place finish in the Paradise Valley Invitational.
The event was hosted by Paradise Valley Community College and was held at Gainey Ranch Golf Course in Scottsdale.
This was the Aztecs second third place finish in the season. South Mountain Community College won the event with a team score of 563 (286-277).
“We had two players that played really well in the tournament,” Head Coach Clark Rustand said.
He emphasized superb play from sophomore Anthony Moncada and freshman David Rauer each finished in the top ten.
Moncada shot a five-under par 67 to finish the tournament with a total of 143 (76-67) closing out the tournament in fourth place.
Rauer ended the tournament tied for eighth after shooting a one under par in the first day of play and closing the tournament with a 146 (71-75).
Freshman Frankie Wu tied for 21st shooting a 153 (77-76).
Freshman Will Dennis came in tied for 24th shooting a 156 (75-81).
Pima’s next meet will be the Region I Championships from Thursday April 23 to Sunday April 26. The tournament will be held at the Gold Canyon Golf Course in Gold Canyon.
“We are going to battle it out for the third place slot, so we’re expecting either a second place or a third place finish.” Rustand said.
With the national tournament weeks away the Pima Community College women’s golf team closed out the regular season of play with a final third place ranking.
“We played well,” said Head Coach Ray Price. “As a coach we try to map out the course for the gals, but in the end it’s truly up the players.”
The Aztecs rounded out the regular season at the South Mountain Invitational with a third consecutive third place finish, scoring a combined 677 (334-343).
Mesa Community College took first scoring 654.
Sophomore Paige Valles finished tied for seventh, shooting a personal season best of 156 (79-77).
Rachel Blount scored a 165 (83-82) tying for 10th.
Carley Nelson finished in 14th shooting a 173 (83-90).
Jessica Nordby and Casey Morinelli each had a two day score of 187 tying for 17th.
Pima tees off next with a bid in the national tournament from May 10-15.
This will be the second year in a row the Aztecs have been invited to compete in the tournament which will be hosted by Longbow Golf Course in Mesa.
April 23-26: Region 1 Championship, Gold Canyon, TBA.