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Men's golf finish national tournament in 14th place

Men’s golf finish national tournament in 14th place

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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.

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Freshman David Rauer stares down his shot during the NCJAA men’s golf National Championship in Newton, Kan. (Photo courtesy of PCC)

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Women's golf struggles at national tournament

Women’s golf struggles at national tournament

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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.

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Sophomore Paige Valles blasts out of a bunker during the NJCAA National Championship in Mesa. (Photo courtesy of PCC)

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GOLF: Aztecs grab men’s championship

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By CALEB FOSTER

Women’s Golf

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.

Men’s Golf

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.

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Golf: Both teams take third in final meets

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By MICKEY RAY LAMB

MEN’S GOLF

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.

WOMEN’S GOLF

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.

ON DECK

Men’s Golf:
April 23-26: Region 1 Championship, Gold Canyon, TBA.

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Golf: Teams hold steady on the course

Golf: Teams hold steady on the course

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By MICKEY LAMB

Women’s golf:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men’s golf:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

ON DECK

WOMEN’S GOLF:

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

MEN’S GOLF:

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

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Golf: Teams hold steady

Golf: Teams hold steady

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By MICKEY RAY LAMB

Men’s golf:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women’s golf:

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

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

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

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

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

Each Aztec golfer improved on the second day of competition.

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

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

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

ON DECK

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

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Pima golf teams keep swinging for wins

Pima golf teams keep swinging for wins

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By MICKEY RAY LAMB

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

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

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

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

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

Men’s Golf

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

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

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

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

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

 

ON DECK

Women’s Golf

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

Men’s Golf

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

 

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

 

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Golf teams hit down the fairway

Golf teams hit down the fairway

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By MICKEY RAY LAMB

Men’s Golf finishes fourth

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women’s golf finished third again

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Teams hit par in first meets

Teams hit par in first meets

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By MICKEY RAY LAMB

Women’s Golf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men’s Golf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two meets are to come in the following weeks.

 

ON DECK

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

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

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GOLF: Teams finish in top 20 at nationals

GOLF: Teams finish in top 20 at nationals

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By NICK MEYERS

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

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

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

Men finish 19th of 22 teams

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

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

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

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

 Women place 11th of 15 teams

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

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

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

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

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

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By NICK MEYERS

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

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

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

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

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

Moncada ended the tournament with 311 points.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GOLF: Men take third place at regionals

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By NICK MEYERS

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

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

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

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

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

Moncada ended the tournament with 311 points.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GOLF: Aztec prepping for regional championships

GOLF: Aztec prepping for regional championships

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By NICK MEYERS

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

 

Women finish season strong

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Men finish on par for the season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GOLF: Men’s team takes sixth place finish

GOLF: Men’s team takes sixth place finish

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By NICK MEYERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Sophomore Tyler Cooper watches the ball take flight on March 3.

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GOLF: Women finish second in Phoenix

GOLF: Women finish second in Phoenix

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By NICK MEYERS

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

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

Women steer steady course

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

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

The Aztecs ended play with a final score of 695.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men take a swing and a miss

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

They currently sit in sixth place in the conference standings.

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

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

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

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

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

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GOLF: Men take fourth, women look to nationals

GOLF: Men take fourth, women look to nationals

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By NICK MEYERS

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

Men’s team takes fourth place in Pima Invitational

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

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

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

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

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

Women’s team holds strong second but looks to improve

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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