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Prep tennis: COC settles for second

Cougars improve on day two, fall short of state title

Posted: November 16, 2010 10:20 p.m.
Updated: November 16, 2010 10:20 p.m.

College of the Canyons’ women’s golf team played better on Tuesday than it did on Monday at the state championship.
There was just one problem.

Irvine Valley College played a lot better.

In the end, Irvine Valley College shot a team score of 315 to put its two-day total at 650 and give the Lasers the California Community College Athletic Association Women’s Golf state championship at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino Hills.

The Cougars finished second by posting a team score of 324, six strokes better than Monday’s 330.

Defending state champion Sacramento City College shot a 661, while Modesto Junior College shot a 720.

Irvine Valley College opened with a 335 on Monday but improved by 20 strokes, which was enough to edge the Cougars.

“We played better as a team,” said COC head coach Gary Peterson. “What happened is that our team score did not adjust as much as Irvine Valley’s team score did. That’s what did it.”

One day after shooting a 15-over 89, COC’s Hae Yong Kim led the Cougars with a 4-over 78 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 167.

Taylor Gould shot a team-best 77 on Monday, but her score fell to 84 on Tuesday. Still, her total of 161 led the Cougars overall.

“I just kind of played bad,” Gould said about her second round. “I couldn’t really hit a shot toward the end. I was just kind of struggling.”

Also for College of the Canyons, Hannah Lee shot a 79 for a total of 163, while Tiara Wells shot an 84 for a total of 170.
Cindi Rohn shot an 88 on Tuesday for a total of 171 and Brittney Suarez carded an 83 for a total of 177, but their scores were dropped from the total.

Sacramento City College’s Kayla Riede and Glendale College’s Tammy Panich both shot a total of 150. But Riedge won a card-off with a better score on the back nine Tuesday for the individual state title.

Peterson noted that the Nos. 1 and 2 golfers for the other three schools played much better on Tuesday, which could have put pressure on College of the Canyons.

But Wells said it was the opposite.

“I wasn’t really focused on how the other team was playing, because that would add more pressure,” she said. “When you see someone in your group do well, you want to do better.”

The difference of four team strokes, however, was the most frustrating part for the Cougars.

“That’s why they’re so bitter, because there are four scores on a team of six,” Peterson said. “That’s four scores per person. You can think of one three-foot putt you missed that lipped out, and in hindsight, it’s those that haunt you.”

Gould said she wouldn’t forget the lessons she learned by the state meet performance.

“Probably just to keep my head in the game for both days, not just settle for winning the first day,” she said.

College of the Canyons’ women’s golf programs won state titles in 2001 and 2007, and it figures to be a state favorite again next year with only Wells and Suarez having used up their eligibility.

“We’ll have a very, very competitive team,” Peterson said. “I guarantee you these girls coming back will be working all spring and all summer to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

And the ones leaving hope they do.

“We are probably one of the closest teams,” Wells said, not only because we practice and play together but because we hang out together outside of golf. They’re my best friends.”


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