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Women's Golf

2011 California State Champions

  • 2009 Southern California CC Champions
  • 2009 Southern California CC Champions
  • 2008-09-11-12 Conference Overall Champions
  • 2008-09-11-12 Conf. Tourney Champions
  • 2008-11 Southern California Finals 2nd place
  • 2008-09 California State CC Finals 3rd place
  • 2009 So. California Champion: Beth Sellers
  • 2008 So. California Champion: Cora Busby

2011 season

2011 Schedule/Results | 2011 Roster.htm

ABOVE: Palomar's state championship women's golf team is shown after winning the 2011 CCCAA State Championship on Tuesday. -- CCCAA Photo. BELOW RIGHT: Taylor Crandall, who shot a 76 for the best score of the day Tuesday in Hanford and won the title for the Comets with a 20-foot punt on the final hole.

Taylor's birdie lifts Comets to state team title

HANFORD (11-15-11) -- Taylor Crandall (right) dropped in a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Tuesday, giving Palomar a come-from-behind win and the CCCAA State Community College team women's golf title on Tuesday at Kings Country Club. Crandall carded a tournament-low 76 for the day for a two-day 158 total.

Crandall tied for third. Meghan Hardin (161) tied for seventh, Natascha Wiebe (163) tied for 10th and Sayde Busby (164) tied for 12th. Bobbi Wolfenden and Gianna Cioe both had 180s.

Crandall's putt gave the Comets (646) a one-stroke win over Glendale (647) when a Vaqueros golfer took a double bogey on the hole. Sacramento City College was third at 676. Modesto was fourth at 700.

“We started the day four strokes back against a really good team (Glendale, the Southern California champion) and didn’t make it up until the 18th green," Palomar coach Mark Eldridge said. "Glendale led for 35 of 36 holes, but we got it done when it counted.

"We didn’t play our best golf, but we played tough golf. It was a long course (5,924 yards) and a tough course (par 73). We knew every stroke counted and we kept our focus and concentration.”

Tuesday's state team championship at the historic King's Country Club course, which opened in 1924, means Eldridge has been a coach for multiple state championship teams during his tenure at Palomar in four sports, -- as head softball and women's golf, and as a defensive coordilnator in football as well as javelin coach for the 1977 men's state track & field champions when he was future world record holder Tom Petranoff's first-ever coach in the event.:

Comets in second place after Day one at state

HANFORD (11-14-11) -- Palomar finds itself four strokes back in second place in the CCCAA State Community College Women's Golf Championships.

Glendale leads with a 325 score at par-73, 5,976 Kings Country Club. The Comets are at 329, followed by Sacramento City College at 331 and Modesto at 351.

Palomar's Taylor Crandall (above left), Sadye Busby (above right) and Natascha Wiebe are tied for 12th place at 82. Meghan Hardin is at 83 after the first day. Bobbi Wolfenden and Gianna Coe shot 89s.

College of the Canyons' Kris Grimes leads after the first day with a 76.

ABOVE: Palomar's Sadye Busby, who was in third place after the first 18 holes on Monday, moves up to tie for second at the end of the tournament with a second-day 75. She finished at 150.  -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW:  Meghan Hardin. She finished at 150 to tie Busby and Mt. San Jacinto's Ya-Ting Yang for second

Comets take second in SoCal, move on to state

SAN MARCOS (11-08-11) -- Palomar's first-day leaders were caught and passed by Glendale on the second day Tuesday and finished second in the Southern California Community College Championships the Comets hosted at Twin Oaks GC.

Palomar's Sadye Busby and Meghan Hardin tied Mt.San Jacinto's Ya Ting Yang for second place in individual totals at 150 for 36 holes. Teammate Taylor Crandall was a stroke back and finished in a tie for fifth place in the 36-golfer field.

Coach Mark Eldridge's Comets shot a second-day 303 to finish at 609. Glendale had a 297 on the second day to win the tournament with a 606, thanks primarily to Hanna Lee's drop from 79 the first day to 71 on Tuesday.

"That was the difference right there," Eldridge said.

Glendale's Pattraporn Silwanna medaled with a 70-72 -- 142 on the par-72, 5468-yard Twin Oaks course.

The Vaqueros and Comets advance as the two Southern California representatives in next Monday and Tuesday's CCCAA State Championships at Kings Country Club in Hanford.

They'll join the top two finishers from the Northern California Championships at the Empire Ranch Golf Club in Folsom, Sacramento City College and Modesto. Sac City shot a 646, Modesto a 669.

Also for Palomar, Natascha Wiebe had a 81-77 -- 158 to finish 12th. Gianna Cioe shot a second-day 79 on Tuesday, a personal best, to finish at 164.

ABOVE: Palolmar's Meghan Hardin, who is in second place in the Southern California Championships after the first 18 holes, follows through on a shot on Monday. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Sadye Busby, who is in third place after the first day. BELOW RIGHT: Taylor Crandall, who is in fifth place

Comets lead SoCal finals by 3 strokes after Day 1

SAN MARCOS (11-07-11) -- Palomar's women's golfers, the host team, was hardly at its best on Monday, but the Comets took a 3-stroke lead over runner-up Glendale in the Southern California Coimmunity College Champions at Twin Oaks GC.

Meghan Hardin is in second place after the first 18 holes otf the 36-hole tournament with a 74. Palomar teammate Sadye Busby is third in the 36-player field with a 75. Glendale's Pattraporn Silwanna leads after the first-day with a 2-under par 70 on the 5468-yard course.

Also for coach Mark Eldridge's Comets,  who placed second in the Southern California tournament in 2008 and won the tournament in 2009, Taylor Crandall is fifth with a 76. Natascha Wiebe carded an 81 on the first day, Gianna Cioe 85 and Bobbi Wolfenden 88.

Palomar's 306 was nine strokes off its best score of the season, a 295. Glendale has a 309 after the first day, Irvine Valley 317, College of lthe Canyons 321, Mt. San Jacinto 332 and Saddleback 372.

The tournament will conclude Tuesday with a shot-gun start scheduled for 8 a.m. The top two finishers, plus other top individuals, will advance to the CCCAA state championships next Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 14-15, at Kings Country Club in Hanford.

ABOVE: Palomar's 2011 Foothill Conference women's golfl champions, who won the conference tournament that concluded a two-day run Monday at Moranga Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon in Beaumont. -- Photo by Melinda Finn. BELOW LEFT: Medalist Taylor Crandall. BELOW RIGHT: Coach of the Year Mark Eldridge

Comets win conference tournament with a 607

BEAUMONT (10-31-11) -- Coach Mark Eldridge's Palomar women's golf team, behind medalist Taylor Crandall's 75-73 -- 148 for 36 holes, dominated the Foothill Conference Tournament that concluded a two-day run on Monday.

Eldridge was named conference Coach of the Year.

The Comets shot a 307-300 -- 607 to win the tournament title  at the par-72, 5274-yard Moranga Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon a 57-stroke margin over second-place Mt. SAC's 339-326 -- 664.

The Mounties were trailed by Mt. San Jacinto (335-333 -- 668) and College of the Desert (389-357 -- 746).

Palomar's other scores: Natascha Wiebe 75-76 -- 151, Sadye Busby 78-76 -- 154, Meghan Hardin 79-75 -- 154, Gianna Cioe 89-82 -- 171 and Bobbi Wolfenden 90-94 -- 184.

Taylor, Busby, Hardin and Wiebe were named first-team all-conference. Wolfenden was named to the second team.

The Comets also picked up six head-to-head victories inj the tournament, according to conference rules, by defeating each of the other three conference teams two days in a row. Palomar is 66-3 overall and finishes 30-0 in conference.

Palomar will host the Southern California Regional Community College Championships next Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 7-8, at Twin Oaks Golf Club in San Marcos.

Palomar 3rd in 9-team field at own Invitational

SAN MARCOS (10-24-11) -- Southern California's women;s community college golf elite was at Twin Oaks GC on Monday for the Comet Invitational.

In a preview of the Southern Cal Regional that Palomar will host Nov. 7-8 on the same course, Glendale (305) won the team title, followed by College of the Canyons (308) and the Comets (310) in a nine-team field.

For Palomar, Natascha Wiebe (left) ands Taylor Crandall (right) each shot a 75 on the par-72, 5468-yard course. Bobbi Woffenden carded a 77, Meghan Hardin 83, Sayde Busby 85, and Gianna Cioe and Alyssa Masaniai each 87.

Mt. San Jacinto's Ya-Ting Yang and Glendale's Pattraporm Slawanna tied for medalist honors on the par-72, 5468-yard course, noth shooting an even-par 72.

Comets retain dominance over 2011 opponents

BEAUMONT (10-17-11) -- Palomar continued its dominance in women's golf on Wedneday at the Comets hung a 319 score at 72-par, 5900-yard Oak Valley Golf Club to defeat three Foothill Conference opponents again.

Mt. SAC (332) finished in second place in the four-way conference match. Mt. San Jacinto (351) and College of the Desert (375) trailed.

For the Comets, Meghan Hardin (above left) and Sadye Busby (right) both shot 78s. Natascha Wiebe carded an 81, Bobbi Wolfenden 82, Taylor Crandall (84) and Gianna Cioe 98.

The Comets are 54-1 in head-to-head competition against its 2011 opponents, 24-0 in the conference.

Palomar outshoots usual suspects once again

BEAUMONT (10-17-11) -- Palomar's Foothill Conference women's golf opponents.have to be getting awfully sick of watching the Comets arrive at various courses and pile out of the van.

By totaling a 323 score to defeat Mt. San Jacinto (336, Mt. SAC (339) and College of the Desert (373) on Monday at Par-72, 5860-yard Oak Valley Golf Club, coach Mzrk Eldridge's Comets advanced to 21-0 in head-to-head competition against their conference opponetns. Palomar is 51-1 overall.

While Mt. San Jacinto's Ya-Ting Yang took medalist honors with a 2-under 70, Taylor Crandall (left) led the Comets with a 75. Meghan Hardin shot a 79, Natascha Wiebe 82, Sayde Busby 87, Bobbi Wolfenden 87 and Gianna Cioe 93.

Comets continue dominance of 2011 opponents

ESCONDIDO (10-12-11) -- Palomar's women's golf team continued tts dominant season on Wednesday by defeating its three Fothill Conference opponents for the second time in three days at Escondido Country Club.

Sadye Busby (left) carded a 76 as the Comets shot a 316 to pick up three more victories over Mt. San Jacinto (333),  Mt. SAC (334) and College of the Desert (376).

Taylor Crandall (right) carded a 78, Meghan Hardin 80, Bobby Wolfenden 82, Gianna Cioe 82 and Natascha Wiebe 89.

Palomar is 48-1 in head-to-head competition against its 2011 schedule, 18-0 in the conference.

Every season an adventure for dominant Palomar women's golf' -- San Diego Union-Tribune, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011

Palomar is 45-1 after three more PCAC victories

ESCONDIDO (10-10-11) -- Palomar remained unbeaten in the Foothill Confererence in women's golf on Monday on an unfamiliar "home" course at Escondido Country Club.

The Comets outdistanced runner-up Mt. San Jacinto 324-335. Mt. SAC (344) and College of the Desert (365) trailed. The win brings Palomar to 45-1 in head-to-head competition and 15-0 in the Foothill this season.

Mt. San Jacinto's Ya-Ting "Tina" Yang took melaist honors on the par-70, 5536-yard course with a 73. For Palomar, Meghan Hardin (above) shot an 80, Taylor Crandall 81, Natascha Wiebe 81, Sayde Busby 82, Bobbi Wolfenden 82, Gianna Cioe 87 and Alysssa Masaniai 102.

Comets finally place 2nd out of 14, 'fall' to 42-1

MORRO BEACH (10-2-11 / 10-3-11) -- Palomar finally finished somewhere other than first place on Sunday and Monday, placing second in a 14-team field in the North-South Classic at Morro Bay Golf Club.

College of the Canyons avenged an earlier loss to the Comets, winning the two-day event at the par-72, 5055-yard course with a 621. Palomar was two strokes back with a 623.

Kristen Grimes of College of the Canyons took medalist honors with a 69-78 -- 147 score for 36 holes.

Taylor Crandall above (left) had Palomar's best score, a 74-79 -- 153 to finish in fourth place individually.

Natascha Wiebe carded a 80-74 -- 154, followed by Meghan Hardin (78-78 -- 156), Bobbi Wolfenden (78-79 -- 157), Sadye Busby (79-82 -- 161), Gianna Cioe (81-81 -- 162) and Allyssa Masaniai (86-86 -- 172).

 Wollenden (above right) shot her personal-best 18-hole total on Sunday and her second best on Tuesday as four Comets finished in the top 12.

Palomar is 42-1 on the season.

Crandall's 69 breaks mark on record-setting day

CHINO (9-21-11) -- Two years to the day after the previous record was set on a par-70 course, Taylor Crandall (left) shot the best round in Palomar women's golf history on Wednesday.

Playing on the 5584-yard, par-73 course at El Prado Golf Club's Chino Lakes course, the freshman from West Hills High School carded a 4-under par 69, breaking Beth Seller's record of an even-par 70 set on Sept. 21, 2009 at Woodhaven Country Club in Palm Springs.

"The old record was set on a par-70 course. Taylor shot her 69 today on a par-73 course. It was a terrific round," Palomar coach Mark Eldridge said.

The Palomar team as a whole also shot a "terrirfic round" in the Foothill Conference four-way match in remaining uneatenfor 2011 and also setting a school-record score of 295. The score shattered the old record of 299, shot by the 2009 team, also on Sept. 21, 2009  at Woodhaven Country Club in what was also a Foothill Conference match.

This year's Comets tied that mark on Sept. 9 on the first day of  the Cactus Invitational hosted by College of the Desert at Indian Canyons Golf Club in Palm Springs.

On Wednesday, Natasha Wiebe (above right) had the second best round for the Comets, shooting a 74 to finish five strokes behind Crandall's 69.

 Palomar's top five finishers wound up with scores of 77 or better. Sadye Busby, who medaled with a 1-under 71  in a Foothill Conference four-way at El Prado's par-72  Butterfield Ranch course on  Monday, and Meghan Hardin both had 76 scores. Allyssa Masaniai shot a 77.

Also for the Comets Goianna Cioe had an 80 and Bobbi Wollenden checked in with a 90.

The Comets picked up three more conference victories with the 295, which broke the old team record by four strokes. Palomar was followed by Mt. San Jacinto (323), Mt. SAC (331) and College of the Desert (348). The match was contested at the 5600-yard, par-72 El Prado Golf Club Butterfield Stage course.

Palomar upped its record on the season to 30-0 (12-0 in head-to-head Foothill Conference competition).

Busby medals with 71; Palomar sweeps to win

CHINO (9-19-11) -- Sadye Busby, a freshman from Torrey Pines High School and sister of Palomar's 2008 Southern California community college champion Cora Busby, medaled with a 1-under par 71 on Monday as the Comets swept to another Foothill Conference 4-way victory.

The Comets picked up three more conference victories with a 304 score, followed by Mt. San Jacinto (323), Mt. SAC (336) and College of the Desert (355). The match was contested at the 5600-yard, par-72 El Prado Golf Club Butterfield Stage course.

Following Busy's 71, Taylor Crandall shot a 74, Meghan Hardin 78, Natascha Wiee 81, Alyssa Masaniai 82 and Gianna Cioe 83..

Comets remain unbeaten for the 2011 season

Foothill Athletic ConferencePALM DESERT (9-14-11) -- Palomar's women's golfers remained unbeaten for 2011 on Wednesday, checking in with a 327 score to win a four-way Foothill Conference match from Mt. San Jacinto (333), Mt. SAC (335) and College of the Desert (373).

Meghan Hardin and Sayde Busby each shot 79s to lead the Comets. Natascha Wiebe carded an 81 and Gianna Cioe rounded out Palomar's four scorers with an 88. Allyssa Masaniai had a 96.

Palomar opens conference with 21-stroke win

Foothill Athletic ConferencePALM SPRINGS (9-12-11) -- Missing two of their top players, Palomar still easy outdistanced runner-up Mt. SAC 326-347 to win its Foothill Conference women's golf opener on Monday at Woodhaven Country Club.

The Comets won with a 326 score, followed by Mt. SAC with 347, Mt. San Jacinto (351) and College of the Desert (368).

Meghan Hardin carded Palomar's low score of the day, a 74. Sayde Busby was right behind her with a 76.

Other Comet scores: Alyssa Masaniai 87, Gianna Cioe 89 and Bobbi Wolfenden 89.

Mt. San Jacinto's Ya-Ting Yang took medalist honors with a 70.

Palomar, which had won back-to-back tournaments to open the season, was missing two of its top players in Taylor Crandall (withdrew due to an injury) and Natascha Wiebe (did not play because of a personal commitment.

Comets top 11-team field, win 2nd tournament

PALM SPRINGS (9-9-11) / (9-10-11) -- Palomar's women's golf squad won its second tournament in a row to open the 2011 season on Friday and Saturday, winning the Cactus Invitational hosted by College of the Desert at Indian Canyons Golf Club.

The Comets recorded a 299-301 -- 600 score to win the team title by seven strokes of tournament runner-up Glendale College (607). Irvine Valley was third in the 11-team field with a 621 score.

Natalie Wiebe was Palomar's low scorer with a 75-72 -- 147 score for 36 holes, placing third in the tournament. Sadye Busby shot a l74-75 -- 149 to finish in fourth place. Megan Hardin carded a 74-77-- 151 and Taylor Crandall shot a 75-77 - 152 for the Comets.

Palomar 1st after Day 1; Four Comets crack 75

PALM SPRINGS (9-9-11) -- Palomar's women's golf squad took over first play after the first day of the two-day Cactus Invitational hosted by College of the Desert at Indian Canyons Golf Club on Friday. The Comets lead the tournament with a 299, followed by Glendale (301) and Bakersfield (307) rounding out the top three.

Four Comets shot 75 or better -- led by Sadye Busby (freshman, Torrey Pines High School) and Meghan Hardin (sophomore, Lake Arrowhead Rim of the World High / Cal State San Marcos), both with 74s. Taylor Crandall carded a 75 on the first day, Natascha Wiebe a 76 to round out the scoring top four Palomar golfers. Bobbi Wolfenden shot an 86, Allyssa Masaniai an 89 and Gianna Cioe a 92.

Crandall medals; Comets come back to win title

VENTURA (8-29-11) -- Freshman Taylor Crandall medaled with a 73-75 -- 148 as Palomar came on strong on the second day Monday to open its season by winning nine-team South Coast Classic at Buenaventura Golf Club and Olivas Park Links.

Crandall's Palomar teammates Sadye Busby (74-77 -- 151), Natascha Wiebe (76-76 --152) and Meghan Hardiin (78-78 -- 156) placed second, third an fifth, respectively.

The Comets, trailing Glendale by one stroke after Day 1 on Sunday, tallied a 306-301 -- 607 to win the team title. Glendale was second with a 305-315 -- 620. College of the Canyons, the 2010 state runner-up, placed third with a 318-319 -- 637.

Palomar plots return to the top for Fall season

SAN MARCOS (7-6-11) -- After an "off" year in 2010, coach Mark Eldridge's Palomar women's team will be gunning for a return to the elite level in Southern California and state community college women's golf in 2011.

Eldridge (left) is having a successful recruiting year and the Comets will put an all-new look team on the course.

Palomar placed second in Southern California in 2008 and won the Southern Cal community college team title in 2009. The Comets finished third in the CCCAA State Championships in both 2008 and 2009.

The Comets will open their 2011 season at the Santa Barbara Tournament on Monday, Aug. 29, at Buenaventura Golf Club in Ventura.

Any prospective recruits interested in joining Palomar's 2011 team should contact coach Mark Eldridge immediately at (760) 744-1150 x 2469,

2010 season

Comets' Sotelo cards a personal-record 78 score

LONG BEACH (10-13-10) -- Sophomore Kayla Sotelo (left) shot a 78 at El Dorado Golf Club on Wednesday to highlight Palomar's performance in a Foothill Conference five-way match.

The score was a personal record for Sotelo, a returner from last season's Southern California community college championship team and third-place squad in the state tournament.

It was also the best score for the Comets this season.

The next Foothill five-way match will be played on Monday at Oak Valley Country Club in Beaumont.

LEFT: Jeanette Washburn, the No. 1 player at Jamestown College in North Dakota. -- Jamestown College photo. RIGHT: Julie Croll, No.1 player at Kansas Wesleyan University. -- Kansas Wesleyan photo. BELOW: Meagan Pechner, who transferred to Cal State San Marcos after last Fall's Palomar season and helped the Cougars to 12th in the NAIA National Tournament in the spring. -- Palomar photo by Melinda Finn

Comets build immediate pipeline to 4-year level

SAN MARCOS / JAMESTOWN, North Dakota / SALINA, Kansas (8-7-10) -- In its three seasons as an intercollegiate program, Palomar has achieved notable success on the links, with two state third-place team finishes in 2008 and 2009 and the Southern California championship last Fall.

And coach Mark Eldridge's program also has stamped itself as an immediate pipeline for four-year colleges, with five ex-Comets currently playing on golf scholarships.

From the 2009 Palomar team:

Jessica Milner -- Milner received a golf scholarship to San Diego State University, where she will be a junior and will play on the NCAA Division I level.

Meagan Pechner -- Pechner transferred to Cal State San Marcos after the Comets' 2009 Fall season and immediately helped the Cougars to a 13th-place finish inlthe NAIA National Championships in the spring at Rapid City, South Dakota.

Pechner will be a junior at Cal State San Marcos.

Cora Busby -- Busby also has accepted a scholarship to Cal State San Marcos and also will be a junior.

She had two outstanding seasons for the Comets and won the Southern California individual title as a freshman in 2008.


Returning for their senior seasons in 2010-11, with four-year colleges all playing split seasons beginning in the Fall and concluding in the spring:

Jeanette Washburn -- Washburn, a nursing major at Jamestown College, an NAIA athletic power in Jamestown, North Dakota, which is located halfway between state capitol Bismarck a 90-minute drive to the west and Fargo a 90-minute drive to the east. 

Washburn burst on the scene at Jamestown College last year after transferring following two outstanding seasons for the Comets in 2007 and 2008..She placed sixth in the field in her first match as a Jimmie, the South Takota Tech Invitational at Rapid City, South Dakota.

And Washburn remained No. 1 on the Jamestown team from beginning to end.

Washburn and Jamestown College will begin its 2010-11 season on Sept. 2 when they host the Jimmie Open at Hillcrest Golf Club in Jamestown.

Julie Croll -- Croll had a similar junior season at Kansas Wesleyan University, an NAIA school in Salina, Kansas, a 1 1/2-hour drive from Wichita.

Croll won a sudden-death playoff to capture the individual title of the Sterling Warrior Invite hosted by Sterling College iat the Highland Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.

She tied for third place in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference / Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference / Red River Athletic Conference joint conference tournament at the River Oaks Golf Course in Oklahoma City.


Player 4-Year College / Level
Jeanette Washburn Jamestown College (ND) / NAIA
Julie Croll Kansas Wesleyan University / NAIA
Jessica Milner San Diego State University / NCAA Div. I
Meagan Pechner Cal State University San Marcos / NAIA
Cora Busby Cal State University San Marcos / NAIA

2009 season

2009 Southern California Champions

FRONT ROW, FROM LEFT: Hannah Gelormini, Cora Busby, Meagan Pechner, Kaylynn Ward. SECOND ROW,  FROM LEFT: Beth Sellers, Kayla Sotelo, Leinati Leniu, Jessica Milner. STANDING: Coach Mark Eldridge. -- (Photo by Melinda Finn)

Palomar places third in state championships

HANFORD (11-17-09) -- Palomar shot a 339 for the day and a 682 overall to place third in  the CCCAA California Community  College State Women's Golf Championships which concluded a two-day run on Tuesday at Kings Country Club.

Sacramento City College won the state title with a 668, followed by Bakersfield (673), the Comets (682) and Canada (714).

Lynne Cowan of Sierra took medalist honors with a 77-75. The Comets' Beth Sellers, the Southern California champion, was ninth with a 80-85 -- 165.

Palomar's other 36-hole scores: Meagan Pechner 171, Cora Busby 172, Jessica Milner (175), Leneti Leniu 180 and Kayla Sotelo 201. The Southern California champion Comets other second-day scores were Pechner 83, Busby 83, Leniu 88, Milner 89 and Sotelo 102.

Comets 8 strokes back in 2nd at state finals

HANFORD (11-16-09) -- Palomar is second, eight strokes back of team leader Bakersfield, after the first 18 holes of the CCCAA California Community  College State Women's Golf Championships on Monday.

Bakersfield, a team the Comets defeated by 24 strokes to  Southern California title a week ago in Chino Hills, got a surprising 76 to lead the field entering today's final 18 holes at the tough Kings Country Club layout.

Palomar's Beth Sellers is tied for sixth at 80, 10 strokes off her best score of the season and nearly eight strokes off her season's average.

Sacramento City College (437) and Canada (456) are third and fourth in team scoring.

Other scores for the Comets on Day 1: Jessica Milner 86, Meagan Pechner 88, Cofra Busby 89, Lenati Leniu 92 and Kayla Sotelo 99

PC wins SoCal title by 24; Sellers, Pechner 1-2

CHINO HILLS (11-10-09) -- Beth Sellers (left) and Meagan Pechner (right) finished 1-2 and Palomar captured the Southern California Community College women's golf title as the regionals concluded a two-day run on Tuesday at Los Serranos GC's North Course.

Next up for coach Mark Eldridge's Comets: the CCCAA State Championships next Monday and Tuesday at Kings Country Club in Hanford. The state finals are expected to be a three-way battle for the team title between Palomar, Southern Cal runner-up Bakersfield and the top team from Northern California, Sacramento City College.

After a 319 score on Monday, the Comets finished with a 313 Tuesday for a two-day 632 score. They outdistanced runner-up Bakersfield (330-326 -- 656)  by a surprising 24-stroke margin. Santiago Canyons was third at 673 and defending state champion Santa Barbara City College fourth at 688.

Palomar and Bakersfield, along with other top individuals, will represent Southern California in the state finals.

Saddleback (700) and Mt. SAC (780) finished fifth and sixth.

Sellers carded a two-day total of 72-75 -- 147 to take medalist honors by 10 strokes over runner-up Pechner (79-78 -- 157). Irvine Valley's Sam Roberts finished third with a 157, losing to Pechner on a card-off.

Mt. San Jacinto's Katherine New was fourth at 158. Dee Ray from Bakersfield (160) and Palomar's Cora Busby (81-79 -- 160), the defending champion at the event, tied for fifth.

Also for Palomar, Jessica Milner shot a 169, Leinati Leniu 170 and Kayla Sotelo 189.

GOLF GALLERY ... In only its third year of existence, Palomar women's golf program among state's elite (North County Times, 11/11/09)


Palomar leads Southern Cal finals by 11 strokes

CHINO HILLS (11-9-09) -- Led by Beth Sellers' even-par 72 for first place after 18 holes Monday, the Palomar women's golf team leads the field by 11 strokes following Day 1 of the two-day Southern California Community College Championships at Los Serranos GC.

Coach Mark Eldridge's Comets, who placed second in the Regional tournament a year ago, has a 319 total after the first day, followed by Bakersfield at 330, Santiago Canyon 332, Santa Barbara City College 338, Saddleback 360 and Mt. SAC 395.

"It was a nice day, but the greens were pretty tricky," Eldridge said. "I expect better scores Tuesday."

Meagan Pechner carded a 79 for Palomar, Cora Busby 81, Leinati Leniu 87, Jessica Milner 88 and Kayla Sotelo 89.

The tournament concludes with the final 18 holes on Tuesday morning.

Conference Player of the Year and Tuesday medalist Beth Sellers . -- Photo by Hugh Cox.

Palomar sweeps field again; Sellers medalist

SAN MARCOS (11-3-09) -- Palomar completed a two-day domination of the Foothill Conference Women's Golf Championships on Tuesday at Lake San Marcos Country Club.

The Comets won by 49 strokes over runner-up Mt. SAC over Tuesday's 18 holes and finished 106 strokes ahead of the Mounties for the tournament's full 36 holes. Both teams advance to the Southern California Regional tournament on Sunday and Monday at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino Hills.  

Palomar's Beth Sellers took medalist honors on Tuesday, shooting a 76, and was named conference Player of the Year. The Comets' Mark Eldridge was Coach of the Year. Cora Busby, with the second lowest scoring average in the conference behind Sellers on the year, joined her on the All-Foothill first team along with Jessica Milner and Meagan Pechner. Lienati Leniu and Kayla Sotelo were second-team selections.

The Comets finished at 326 Tuesday, 27 strokes off the Palomar record of 299 they shot on Sept. 21 but plenty good enough to win easily. Mt. SAC check in at 375, followed by College of the Desert (415), Long Beach City College (439) and Mt. San Jacinto (no score).

Behind Sellers' medalist score on Tuesday, Busby shot a 78 for the Comets, Pechner 84, Milner 88, Leniu 89, Kaylynn Ward 89, Sotelo 93 and Hannah Gelormini 102.

Because the conference tournament is technically two 18-hole events, the Comets picked up four more wins and are now  45-0 on the season, 44-0 in conference.

Palomar placed second in Southern California and third in the CCCAA State Championships last season.


Milner, Comets top MSAC by 57 shots on Day 1

SAN MARCOS (11-2-09) -- First-place Palomar remained unbeaten for 2009 and finished 57 strokes ahead of Mt. SAC on Day 1 of the two-day, 36-hole Foothill Conference women's golf finals on Monday at Lake San Marcos Country Club.

The Comets, the host team in the tournament on an unfamiliar neutral course, had a 320 total, followed by the Mounties at 377, College of the Desert (422), Long Beach City College (435) and Mt. San Jacinto (no score).

Jessica Milner led Palomar with a 76. Beth Sellers had a 78, Meagan Pechner 82, Cora Busby 84, Lienati Leniu 89 and Kayla Sotelo 95.

Winds ruin scores but Comets finish 37-0

CHINO (10-28-09) -- Scores skyrocketed in winds that reached 30 miles per hour on Wednesday, but Palomar's women's golfers won the final Foothill Conference match of the regular season, defeating four teams to advance to 37-0, 36-0 in conference.

The Comets (344) defeated runner-up Mt. SAC by 45 strokes 344-389. College of the Desert (397), Long Beach City College (427) and host Mt. San Jacinto (no score) trailed.

Meagan Pechner (above left) shot an 81, Beth Sellers 82, Leinati Leniu 89, Kayla Sotelo 97 and Kaylynn Ward 112. Palomar, which will host the Foothill finals Monday and Tuesday at Lake San Marcos GC, had put five players in the 70s on Monday in winning at El Prado GC in Chino with a 304.

Comets shoot 304, win behind Sellers, Busby

CHINO (10-26-09) -- Palomar carded its second-best round of the season Monday, a 304, to win another Foothill Conference five-way match.

The Comets defeated host and runner-up Mt. SAC (337) by 53 strokes at El Prado Golf Club. College of the Desert (387), Long Beach City College (407) and Mt. San  Jacinto (no score) trailed.

Medalist Beth Sellers (73), above left, and  Cora Busby (75), right, led the way as five Comets shot in the 70s. Jessica Milner shot a 77, Leinati Leniu 79, Meagan Pechner 79, Kayla Sotelo 80 and Kaylynn Ward 88. Palomar is 33-0, 32-0 in conference.

Palomar has one more regular-season match remaining, which will be hosted by Mt. San Jacinto on Wednesday at Oak Valley  Country Club in Beaumont, before the Comets host the 36-hole conference finals on Monday and Tuesday at Lake San Marcos.

Comets win again; Sellers cards even-par 72

BONSALL (10-21-09) -- Palomar remained unbeaten in women's golf on Thursday as Beth Sellers (left) took medalist honors with an even-par 72 at San Luis Rey GC.

The Comets easily outdistanced runner-up Mt. SAC 305-377 in a Foothill Conference five-way match. College of the Desert (411), Long Beach City College (426) and Mt. San Jacinto (no score) trailed.

Cora Busby carded a 76 for Palomar (29-0, 28-0 in conference). Leinati Leniu (right) had a 78, Meagan Pechner 79, Jessica Milner 79 and Kayla Sotelo 92.

Palomar places first again, ups record to 25-0

BEAUMONT (10-19-09) -- Palomar advanced its record to 25-0 in women's golf on Monday, winning another Foothill Conference five-way match, this time on Mt. San Jacinto's home course at Oak Valley GC.

The Comets shot a team score of 316..

Beth Sellers medaled for Palomar, shooting a 73. Cora Busby (right) carded a 79,

Megan Pechner shot an 82, Leinati Leniu an 82, Jessica Milner 91 and Kayla Sotelo 92.

Milner medals as Comets advance to 21-0

CHINO (10-13-09) -- University of Colorado transfer Jessica Milner (left) medaled on Monday as Palomar moved to 21-0 on the season, 20-0 in the Foothill Conference, by winning the latest conference five-way match hosted by Mt. SAC at El Prado Golf Club

Palomar's 313 outdistanced runner-up Mt. SAC, which had a 354. Oong Beach City College  (407), College of the Desert (429) and Mt. San Jacinto (no score) trailed.

Milner shot a 74, Beth Sellers 77, Meagan Pechner 78, Cora Busby 84, Leinati Leniu 87 and Kayla Sotelo 89.

Sellers medals, Palomar wins by 76 strokes

BONSALL (9-30-09) -- In what is beginning to sound like a broken record, Palomar won a five-way Foothill Conference five-way match on Wednesday. The host Comets defeated runner-up College of the Desert by 76 strokes 312-388 at San Luis Rey Golf Club.

The Comets and COD were followed in team scoring by Mt. SAC at 390, Long Beach City College 431 and Mt. San Jacinto no score.

Palomar freshman Beth Sellers (above left), who set a school record with a round of 70 last week, medaled with a 74. Also for the Comets, Cora Busby (right) shot a 77, Jessica Milner 79, Megan Pechner 83, Leinati Leniu 87 and Kayla Sotelo 90. Coach Mark Eldridge's Comets are 17-0 on the season and 16-0 in conference.

Conference tabs Sellers Athlete of the Week

SAN DIEGO (9-29-09) -- Palomar's Beth Sellers  who has led the Comets' golf team to records of 13-0 (overall) and 12-0 (conference) has been honored as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athlete of the Week.

Sellers, a freshman from Morse High School, shot a school-record 70 last Monday, Sept. 21, at Woodhaven Country Club in Palm Springs, leading the Comets to a first-place finish in a five-way Foothill Conference match.

First-place Palomar's 299 team score enabled the Comets to defeat runner-up College of the Desert by 56 strokes. Third-place Mt. SAC was another 13 strokes back. The Comets placed third in the CCCAA state finals a year ago.

The PCAC is Palomar's regular home conference but does not offer competition in women's golf.

Pechner, Comets triumph to go to 13-0, 12-0

LONG BEACH (9-23-09) -- Meagan Pechner (rifght) became the third Palomar women's golfer medal this season as the Comets moved to 13-0, 12-0 in the Foothill Conference, by winning the latest conference five-way match at Skylinks Golf Club

Palomar, playing without No. 1 golfer Beth Sellers, who carded a school  record 70 on Monday in Palm Springs as the Comets shot a school-record 299, topped the field with a 335 with College of the Desert, Mt. SAC, Long Beach City College and Mt. San Jacinto trailing.

Pechner shot a 79, Cora Busby 83, Leinati Leniu  86, Jessica Milner 87 and Kayla Sotelo 95.

Sellers sets mark with 70; PC 56-stroke winner

PALM SPRINGS (9-21-09) -- Freshman Beth Sellers (left) medaled again, this time with a school record 70, as Palomar won another Foothill Conference five way match on Monday at Woodhaven Country Club.

Meagan Pechner shot a 75, Cora Busby 77, Leinati Leniu 77, Jessica Milner 77 and Kayla Sotelo 80.

Coach Mark Eldridge's Comets (9-0, 8-0 in conference) won by 56 strokes, shooting a school  record 299. College of the Desert was second with a 355, followed by Mt SAC (368), Long Beach City College (385) and Mt. San Jacinto (no score).

Sellers medals; Comets top field by 56 strokes

PALM SPRINGS (9-16-09) -- Beth Sellers (left) took medalist honors with a 73 on Wednesday and Palomar (5-0, 4-0) opened defense of its Foothill Conference championship by outdistancing the field by 56 strokes. The Comets shot a 312 at Woodhaven Country Club.

Host College of the Desert had a 368, Mt. SAC 373, Long Beach City College 400 and Mt. San Jacinto no score.

Sellers won by one stroke over Palomar teammate Meagan Pechner (right, 74). Among Palomar's other scorers, Cora Busby shot an 80, Lienati Leniu 84, Kayla Sotelo 89, Leinati Leniu 97 and Kaylynn Ward 103.

Colorado transfer Milner leads PC to 2nd of 13

PALM SPRINGS (9-12-09) -- Sophomore transfer Jessica Milner, who played for the University of Colorado last season as a true freshman, shot an even-par 73-71 -- 144 to lead Palomar to second in a 13-team field Friday and Saturday in the Desert Classic.

Sacramento City College won the tournament at Indian Canyon Country Club with a 588 and Palomar had a 617. Sierra's Lynne Cowan medaled with a 69-69 -- 138 for 36 holes.

Among Palomar's other scorers, Meagan  Pechner shot a 75-75 -- 150, Cora Busby 81-76 -- 157, Kayla Sotelo 83-83 -- 166,  Leinati Leniu 177 and Kaylynn Ward 180.

The Comets played without their No. 1 player, Beth Sellers, who missed the tournament due to personal reasons.

Sellers & Comets win 317-441 vs. Santa Ana

BONSALL (9-7-09) -- Palomar's women's golf team, which placed second in Southern California and third in the state a year ago, opened its home season on Monday in dominant fashion.

The Comets defeated visiting Santa Ana 317-441 at San Luis Rey Golf Club as freshman Beth Sellers (left) medaled with a 76. One week earlier, Sellers medaled in the prestigious South Coast Classic in Ventura as Palomar finished third out of 10 teams.

On Monday, Meagan Pechner shot an 80, Jessica Miller 80, Busby 81, Kayla Sotelo 88, Kaylynn Ward 91 and Hannah Gelormeni 105.

Sellers medals; Comets 3rd out of 10 teams

VENTURA (9-1-09) -- Freshman Beth Sellers (left), a highly-regarded veteran of national and international junior circuit, tied Bakersfield's Katherine James for medalist honors with a 76-75 --151 Sunday and Monday as Palomar placed third of 10 teams in the season-opening South Coast Classic.

Sellers came back from a 3-stroke deficit after the first day at Buenaventura Golf Club and Olivas Lakes Golf Club.

Also for the Comets, defending Southern California champion Cora Busby (right) shot a 77-79 -- 156, Kayla Sotelo 89-89 -- 178, Leinati Leniu 97-96 -- 193 and Kaylynn Ward 102-97 -- 199. Meagan Pechner withdrew the first day after being hit in the head with a ball but came back with a 83 -- and a headache -- on Monday.

Bakersfield and defending state champion Santa Barbara City College played 1-2 in team scoring.

Palomar will host Santa Ana in its home opener on Monday, Sept. 7, in a non-conference match at noon San Luis Rey Golf Club.

Palomar looks to improve on historic season

SAN MARCOS (8-25-09) -- Cora Busby (left) returns to defend her Southern California Community College individual championship and Palomar has strong hopes of improving on a 2008 season that saw the Comets win the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference title and place second in team scoring in Southern Cal and third in the CCCAC California State Championships.

Coach Mark Eldridge had a big recruiting year and will take a strong, deep contingent into a season that will last from late August through the State finals on Nov.  15-16 at Kings County Country Club in Hanford.

Eldridge landed two top newcomers in transfer Jessica Milner, who played for the University of Colorado last season, and freshman Beth Sellers, a veteran of the Callaway Junior World Championship, the U.S. Girls' Junior Golf Championship, the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and the Callaway Golf PGA Junior Series.

The Comets will play five home matches, beginning with a Sept. 7 non-conference match-up with Santa Ana College at San Luis Rey Golf Club and concluding with the Foothill Conference Championships on Nov. 2-3 at Lake San Marcos Country Club.


Washburn commits to Jamestown College (ND)

JAMESTOWN, North Dakota (5-14-09) -- Jeanette Washburn, a sophomore from Temecula Valley High School who helped lead Palomar to third in the CCCAA State Championships this past Fall, has committed to Jamestown College.

Washburn, who has been accepted into Jamestown's nationally-recognized nursing program, is the first four-year college scholarship recipient for Palomar's two-year-old women's golf team.

She carded a 77 on the first day of the California community college championships to lead the Comets to first place after the first day. She shot a best season's score of 76 at El Prado Golf Club in Chino the Foothill Conference champion Comets defeated Mt. SAC, Long Beach City College and College of the Desert by a 20-stroke margin in a conference match on Nov. 1.

At Jamestown, where Palomar athletes have previously gone on to stellar careers in men's basketball and baseball, Washburn will play for coach Adam Jacobson. She played for coach Mark Eldridge at Palomar.

Croll second '08 golfer to accept scholarship

SALINA, Kansas (8-16-09) -- Julie Croll has become the second player from Palomar's 2008 championship season to accept a golf scholarship to a four-year college.

Croll, who was a freshman on the '08 squad, is on her way to play for Kansas Wesleyan University, an NCAA Division II school which is located in Salina, Kansas.

Croll prepped at Paloma Valley High School in Menifee.

Contact information for prospective women's golfers:

Coach Mark Eldridge

2008 season

2008 FOOTHILL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS, SOUTHERN CAL RUNNERS-UP, STATE 3RD-PLACE FINISHERS: From left: Julie Croll, coach Mark Eldridge, Jeanette Washburn, Lianati Leniu, Lauren Skladanek, Kaylynn Ward, coach Jon Floming, Foothill Conference champion Cora Busby. -- (Photo by Rick Rowell)

Comets bring home 3rd in state in 2nd year

VENTURA (11-18-08) -- Playing in on its second season, coach Mark Eldridge's Palomar women's golf team brought home the third-place team trophy in the California Community College Athletic Association State Championships on Tuesday after leading the field after the first day.

Santa Barbara City College won the title at 326-311--63, followed by Sacramento City (333-327--652), the Comets (322-341--663) and Sierra (339-330--664).

Cora Busby (left) led Palomar with a two-day score of 80-83--163. Jeanette Washburn shot a 77-8 --164, Julie Croll 79-85--164 and Lienati Leniu 86-86--172 at par-72 Olivas Links Golf Course. Santa Barbara's Asaka Sim medaled with a 79-74 -- 153.

Washburn at 77; Comets lead state after 1st day

VENTURA (11-17-08) -- Jeanette Washburn (left) carded a 77, Julie Croll shot a 79 and Palomar is in first place after the first day of the California Community College Athletic Association state tournament Monday with a team total of 322 for the first 18 holes.

Julie Croll had a 79, Cora Busby 80 and Lienati Leniu 86. "Jeanette Washburn came up huge. So did Julie Croll," coach Mark Eldridge said. Santa Barbara City College is four strokes back of the Comets at 326, followed by Sacramento City College (333) and Sierra 339.Cristina Casillas of Sacramento leads the field two-over par 74. Sacramento City College is four strokes back of the Comets at 326, followed by Sacramento City College (333) and Sierra 339.

Comets take 2nd in Southern Cal; Busby medals

DESERT HOT SPRINGS (11-11-08) -- Freshman Cora Busby (left) medaled and Palomar came from 12 strokes back to place second in the Southern California Community College Women's Golf Championships on Tuesday in just the second season of the program. Busby carded an 81 to finish with a two-day total of 164 on the difficult Desert Dunes Golf Club course.

SoCal champion Santa Barbara City College (700) and the Comets (719) qualify for the state championships next Monday and Tuesday at Las Olivas Golf Course in Ventura. Failing to qualify: third place Santiago Canyon (728), first-day leader Irvine Valley (731), defending state champion College of the Canyons (752) and Long Beach City College (795). Other Palomar scorers were Julie Croll (right, 90-182), Jeanette Washburn (91-186) and Lienati Leniu (90-187).

Comets top off title; Busby, coaches honored

LONG BEACH (10-27-08) --  Palomar, which clinched the Foothill Conference title on Sunday, topped the field again Monday, winning its fifth 18-hole competition in six tries (including five in the regular season) on the second day of the conference finals. Cora Busby (left) medaled again with an 83 on the difficult par-74 Rec Park course and was selected Player of the year in the conference.

The Comets' Mark Eldridge and Jon Fleming were named Coaches of the Year.. Lienati Leniu (87), Julie Croll (88) and Jeanette Washburn (91) were other scorers. Washburn, No. 2 behind Busby in the conference on the season, and Leniu also were all-conference. Palomar had a 349 to win, followed by Long Beach City College (370), Mt. SAC (370) and College of the Desert (377).

Comets clinch Foothill title in 1st round of finals

LONG BEACH (10-26-08) --  Palomar clinched the undisputed Foothill Conference women's championship in the program's second season of existence on Sunday, placing first in the first round of the conference finals.

The Comets' Cora Busby (took medalist honors with an 80 on the par-74 Recreation Park Golf Course. Teammate Lienati Leniu placed second over the field with an 86.

Palomar had a 355 score for the day, followed by College of the Desert at 367, Long Beach City College at 370 and Mtr. SC at 373.

The 36-hole event concludes on Monday with round 2.

Busby 10th of 119; Comets hold on vs. 4-yr. foes

SEASIDE / MONTEREY, CA (10/8-08) Palomar freshman Cora Busby (left) shot carded an 82 on the second day to place 11th out of 119 finishers against primarily four-year college opponents at par-73, 5,813-yard  Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside / Monterey, CA.

Busby, who finished with a 36-hole total of 164, was the No. 2 community college finisher in the field and the top Southern California finisher.

The Comets placed 10th in the tournament, which included 22 teams, plus individuals from six other colleges. The University of British Columbia won the tournament, followed by second-place and host team Cal State Monterey Bay, third-place Chico State, fourth-place Sonoma State, fifth-place University of Victoria and sixth-place Dallas Baptist.

For the Comets, Jeanette Washburn shot an 89 on the second day, Julie Croll 91 and Leanati Leniu 91.

Busby (74), Washburn (76) lead 20-stroke victory

CHINO (10-1-08) -- Freshman Cora Busby (74), left, and sophomore Jeanette Washburn (76), right, both shattered Palomar's existing school record for 18 holes, keeping coach Mark Eldridge's second-year Comet team unbeaten.

Busby broke the school record of 78 she shared by four strokes and Washburn bettered the mark by two strokes as the Comets set a school team record of 324 in winning by 20 strokes.

Palomar overwhelmed runner-up Mt. SAC (344), Long Beach City College (354) and College of the Desert (357) in the four-way Foothill Conference match at El Prado Golf Course.

The Comets advanced to 3-0 after winning two previous conference four-ways in Desert Hot Springs and Long Beach, each by 10 strokes. Wednesday was the third straight match that Busby has medaled.

Palomar's other scorers in the match were Leinati Leniu, who shot an 85, and Kaylynn Ward, who carded an 89. The Comets' other golfers on Wednesday were Julie Kroll with a 90 and Lauren Skladanek with a 93.

Busby shot a personal record by four strokes, Washburn by seven strokes, Wood by nine strokes and Skladanek by three strokes.

"We're just ringing up PR's (personal records) left and right," Eldridge said. "You've got to credit both the golfers and (assistant coach) Jon Fleming for that. He is really coaching them up."

Fleming is a former Palomar and NCAA Division I (Cal Poly) baseball pitcher who is working toward becoming a tour pro.

Busby (78), Comets win by 10 strokes -- again

LONG BEACH (9-24-08) -- History repeated itself for Palomar's second-year women's golf team on Wednesday behind medalist Cora Busby's school-record 78. Coach Mark Eldridge's Comets beat the field by 10 strokes for the second straight week as they won another Foothill Conference four-way match.

Palomar (356) defeated second-place Long Beach College (366), College of the Desert (369) and Mt. SAC (371) at El Dorado Golf Club and is firmly atop the Foothill standings two week into the season. Jeanette Washburn (92), Leinati Leniu (92) and Julie Kroll (94) were the Comets' other scorers.

Comets win first conference 4-way by 10 strokes

DESERT HOT SPRINGS (9-17-08) -- Palomar placed its four scorers within four strokes of each other and won the first Foothill Conference four-way match of the 2008 season on Monday by 10 strokes over College of the Desert and Mt. SAC.

Coach Mark Eldridge's team finished with a 334 total in the match, which was hosted by COD at Mission Lakes Country Club. The Roadrunners and Mt. SAC each had a 344. Long Beach City College was fourth with a 362.

Cora Busby led Palomar with a lifetime-best 82. Jeanette Washburn (left) and Leinati Leniu each carded 83s. Julie Kroll shot an 86.

Palomar legend, golfers return for 2nd season

SAN MARCOS (9-1-08) -- Palomar's women's golf team, sponsored by TaylorMade / adidas and guided by head coach Mark Eldridge and assistant coach Jon Fleming, returns for its second season in 2008.

The Comets have high hopes of making a quantum jump from the solid foundation set by last year's first-ever Palomar squad.

Eldridge (left) has been a fixture in Palomar's athletic program since he was a three-sport standout for the Comets (football, baseball, track & field) in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Returning to his alma mater after starting at safety in football for Washington State University and a stint as a premier javelin thrower at Cal State Long Beach, Eldridge started Palomar's wildly-successful women's softball program back in 1978, when his team tied for the championship in the old Mission Conference. He compiled a 1,040-272-6 record over the next 29 seasons. He took the 2006 and 2007 seasons off and is returning as the school's softball coach for the spring 2009 season.

Eldridge coached Palomar to state community college softball championships in 1989,1993 and  2000. He also guided the Comets to five second-place finishes in the state tournament, six third-place finishes and four fourth-place finishes. Overall, his teams have won 26 conference championships in 29 years. Eldridge has produced 29 community college All-Americans. He's been named National Community College Coach of the Year twice and California Coach of the Year six times.

Even more important than the victories and championships, Eldridge said he's proud of the 145 softball scholarship players he has sent on to play at  the four-year college level. "That's the biggest reason we're here," Eldridge said. "The most important things are four-year college scholarships, preparing players for the next level, to graduate from college and to be successful in life."

He brings the same philosophy of preparing student athletes for the next level -- as well as winning at this level -- to the Palomar women's golf program.

Jon Fleming, another outstanding former Palomar athlete, returns for his second season as Eldridge's assistant golf coach.

Fleming, a budding professional golfer, was an All-Pacific Coast Conference baseball pitcher for the Comets, compiling a 1.74 earned-run average in conference games during the 2004 season. His .826 winning percentage (19 wins, 4 losses) is fourth best in Palomar history. His 147 career strikeouts ranks as the fourth best total in school history.

Fleming went on to pitch at the NCAA Division I level for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before seeing his career ended by an arm injury -- and switching sports to golf, in which his eventual goal is to become the second Palomar alumnus (the other being 1977 state community college men's champion Mark Wiebe) onto play on the PGA Tour.

The Comets again are members of the Foothill Conference in women's golf and again are playing their home matches at San Luis Rey Golf Resort at San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall. The other members of the Foothill Conference in women's golf are College of the Desert, Long Beach City College, Mt. SAC and Mt. San Jacinto.


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