2014 Palomar women's golf team -- Photo by Melinda Finn
Comets take step toward qualifying for regional
VALLEY CENTER (10-27-2014) --Playing on the same course where they'll host the Orange Empire Conference Championships next week, Palomar women's golfers took a step toward qualifying for the Southern California Regionals on Monday.
The Comets, whose regular home course is Twin Oaks Golf Club, hosted the other eight teams at Woods Valley GC in a "neutral site" match that concluded the OEC regular season.
Led by a 79 by Deanna Bird (left), Palomar finished fourth.
The Comets' other scores were an 83 by Sydney Houser (right), Jessica Campbell's 85, Brittany Bilek's 97 and Samantha Runnel's 101, the throw-out score. Irvine Valley's Cindy Dang and Leleaga Meredith tied for medalist honors by shooting 74s.
The conference finals, which will be contested next Monday and Wednesday at Temecula Creek Inn, will count as two additional rounds on top of the regular season.
College of the Desert (311, 8-0 win-loss record) again finished first in team scoring on Monday. The Roadrunners held off Irvine Valley by two strokes, with the Lasers checking in at 313 for a 7-1 record.
Fullerton was third at 326 and 6-2, followed by the Comets with a 344 and a 5-3 record on the day. Mt. SAC (354), Saddleback (362), Cuyamaca (419), Orange Coast (no score, not enough golfers) and Mt. San Jacinto (also no score, not enough golfers) trailed.
With the Comets sitting at 48-32 in conference matches, it would pretty much take a meltdown for the Comets to finish out of the top four for the season. And the first four OEC finishers advance to the regionals.
TOP PHOTO: Palomar golfer Deanna Bird hits out of a bunker during nine-team Orange Empire Conference match on Wednesday at the Comets' home course,Twin Oaks Golf Club. Bird shot a 78. Palomar placed third with a 338. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Jessica Campbell, Palomar's second low-scorer with an 82, follows through on a shot. BELOW: Sydney Houser, who had the third-best score with an 86, follows through on a chip shot. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
Comets place 3rd again as Bird cards a 78
SAN MARCOS (10-22-2014) --Deanna Bird carded a 78 at Twin Oaks Golf Club on Wednesday as Palomar took its second third-place finish of the week in an Orange Empire Conference nine-team match.
Jessica Campbell was Palomar's No. 2 on the day, shooting an 82.
Also for the Comets, Sydney Houser checked in with the team's third-lowest score on the day, an 86, followed by Brittany Bilek's 92 and Samantha Runnels' 94 for the throw-out score.
College of the Desert, which is running away with the conference championship, won with a 314 and an 8-0 head-to-head record for the day against the other teams in the conference.
Irvine Valley was second with a 321 and a 7-1 win-loss record, with Palomar checkng in at 338 and a 6-2 record in its third-place finish.
Rounding out the team results: Saddleback 345, Fullerton 350, Orange Coast 373, Mt. SAC no score (not enough entrants) and Mt. San Jacinto no score (also not enough entrants).
Runnels' tie-breaker score lifts PC to 3rd of 9
COSTA MESA (10-20-2014) --Palomar's women's golf squad won a tie-breaker to take third place in the latest nine-team Orange Empire Conference match that was hosted by Orange Coast on Monday at Costa Mesa Country Club.
Ties are broken by the best No. 5 score, with the Comets' Samantha Runnels finishing two strokes up on her Fullerton opponent 96 to 98. Her effort knocked the Hornets down to fourth place in team competition.
College of the Desert (314) and Irvine Valley (345) again placed 1-2. Palomar and Fullerton both had 347 scores not counting the tie-breaker.
Finishing in fifth through ninth place were Saddleback (350), Mt. SAC (366), Orange Coast (372), Cuyamaca (390) and Mt. San Jacinto (no score).
Jessica Campbell and Sydney Houser both shot 86s for the Comets. Brittany Bilek had an 87. Deanna Bird finished at 88.
Palomar picked up six wins and two losses in head-to-head competition with the other eight teams.
'Groundhog Day' scenario as PC is 4th again
MISSION VIEJO (10-15-2014) --Palomar had a 353 score, going 5-3 in head-to-head competition and again finishing fourthout of nine teams, in an Orange Empire Conference women 's golf match that was hosted by Saddleback on Wednesday at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club.
Conference leader College of the Desert again won with a 313 score to go 8-0, followed by Fullerton at 339, Mt. SAC 340, the Comets, Irvine Valley 356, Saddleback 364, Orange Coast 365, Cuyamaca 381 and Mt. San Jacinto no score.
For the Comets, Brittany Bilek shot an 85, Deanna Bird (left) 89, Jessica Campbell 89, Sydney Houser 90 and Samantha Runnels with 95 for the throw-out score.
Palomar finishes in 5th place at Sycuan GC
EL CAJON (10-8-2014) -- Deanna Bird carded an 81 to lead Palomar on Wednesday at the Comets took fifth place at Sycuan GC's 5900-yard, par-72 Oak Glen Course in a nine-team Orange Empire Conference match.
College of the Desert finished first with a 316 score and an 8-0 head-to-head record vs. the conference's other eight teams. Irvine Valley was second with a 330, followed by Mt. SAC 338, Fullerton 342, the Comets 345, Saddleback 359, Orange Coast 382, Cuyamaca 396 and Mt. San Jacinto with no score.
Sydney Houser was Palomar's second-low scorer with an 87. Brittany Bilek shot 88, Jessica Campbell 89 and Samantha Runnels with the throw out score (91).
Comets 4th out of nine teams, move into 4th
CHINO (10-06-2014) -- Palomar finished fourth in a nine-team Orange Empire Conference women's golf field on Monday at par-72, 5809-yard El Prado Golf Course in Chino.