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Women's Golf

2011 California State Champions

  • 2012 State Champion: Taylor Crandall
  • 2009 Southern California CC Champions
  • 2009 Southern California CC Champions
  • 2008-09-11-12-13 Conf. 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

The 2013 Palomar women's golf team. -- Photo by Melinda Finn

2013 Season

2013 Schedule/Results | 2013 Roster | Coaches | Program History

Palomar's Sadye Busby is Division I bound on a scholarship. Here she nails a putt at San Clemente Municipal Golf Club in an Orange Empire Conference 8-way match in October. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Busby takes D-I scholarship to Fresno State

FRESNO (12-12-2013) -- Palomar golfer Sadye Busby, a sophomore from Torrey Pines High School, has accepted a scholarship to Fresno State.

Busby, who helped the Comets to the 2011 state championship, used her redshirt year the following season and returned this year to gain Orange Empire Conference Player of the Year honors, placed fifth in the 2013 CCCAA State Championships at Tracy, CA.

Busby set a Palomar single-round record when she carded a 6-under 66 on the first day of the 36-hole Desert Classic which opened the season on Aug. 31 on the South Course at Indian Canyons Golf Club in Palm Springs.

She also broke the Palomar 36-hole record with a 66-70 -- 136 by shooting the latter score on the second day of the same tournament at the Indian Canyons South Course.

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Comets' Busby 5th in CCCAA state tournament

TRACY (11-19-2013) -- After sitting in third place aftere the first round on Monday, three strokes off the pace, Sadye Busby's attempt to become Palomar's second straight state individual community college golf champion failed on Tuesday.

After shooting a 77 on Monday, Busby cared an 83 on the 5797-yard, par-73 course on the second day to finish in fifth place at 160. Palomar teammate Vanessa Hommes had a two-day 84-82 -- 166 total.

Scores for the entire field soared on the second day at Tracy Golf and Country Club as Fanny Johansson of Santa Barbara City College and Sweden won the CCCAA State Championship individual title with a 74-77 -- 151.

Johansson finished eight shots ahead of runner-up Nea Bennett (159).

Santa Barbara won the state team title with a two-day 646 total.

Palomar's Taylor Crandall, who now plays at Eastern Washington University, won the state individual championship a year ago.

Busby, who carded a 66 round at the beginning of the season and was the Orange Empire Conference Player of the Year,

Busby cards 71, qualifies for state with Honnes

SOLVANG (11-10-2013 / 11-11-2013) --
Palomar sophomore Sadye Busby couldn't quite overcome her first-day score, but shot a 1-under 71 for the best round of anyone in the Southern California Community College Tournament on Monday.

Busby settled for a two-day score of 150, placing second to tournament medalist Wan Ling "Iris" Chung from Taipai, Taiwan and Mt. San Jacinto who carded a winning 147.

Busby, who had a 79 on Sunday, and PC teammate Vanessa Honnes (right), who checked in with a two-day score of 80-75 -- 155, both qualified for next week's CCCAA State Champions at Tracy Golf Club in Tracy.

Palomar again played without the No. 2 golfer behind Player of the Year Busby in the Orange Empire Conference, Jen Goh, who was injured in an auto accident two weeks ago, and narrowly missed qualifying its team for state as the Comets placed third.

Team champion Santa Barbara City College (311-313 -- 624) and runner-up Fullerton (318-321 -- 639) qualified as Southern California's two team representatives. Palomar finished with a 345-315 -- 660.

Also for the Comets, Jessica Campbell shot 177, Midari Kanebu 179, Sydney  Houser 185 and Courtney Romansi 196.

Busby Player of Year for champion Comets

SAN CLEMENTE (11-06-2013) -- Palomar, which had already clinched the Orange Empire Conference women's golf championship, faltered on the second day of the conference finals Wednesday at San Clemente Municipal GC playing without the injured Jen Goh.

But the Comets, who finished second to Fullerton in the two-day tournament on the par-73, 5713-yard course, concluded the regular season with a 75-2 OEC record. That enabled them to easily outdistance the runner-up Hornets (65-12)  in the final conference standings.

And sophomore Sadye Busby (left) was both Player of the Year in the conference and tied Fullerton's Kah Kaichi for overall medalist honors over 36 holes in the finals with a 159. Goh and Vanessa Honnes joined Busby on the all-conference first team. Jessica Campbell made the second team.

Busby averaged 74.1 for each of the nine conference events to easily take the No 1 spot over second-place Leleaga Merdith of Irvine Valley (77.6) and Honnes in third (77.7). Goh averaged 74.8, which actually was second-best in the conference to Busby. But Goh was knocked out of the official season leaders and off the all-conference team by missing two matches due to injuries.

Fullerton had a 665 score for the tournament. Palomar felt Goh's absence in a big way and  finished at 675. Saddleback was third at 680, followed by fourth-place College of the Desert at 685, fifth-place Irvine Valley at 708, sixth place Mt. San Jacinto at 732, seventh-place Cuyamaca at 768 and Mt. SAC trailing the field in eighth place with an 859 score.

Fullerton's Nea Bennett was medalist on the final day with a 76. The Hornets and Comets were followed in order on day 2 by Saddleback, which was five strokes behind Palomar, COD, Irvine Valley, Mt. San Jacinto, Cuyamaca and Mt. SAC.

Busby had an 81 on the day., Miduri Kanenobu shot an 87, Honnes 88, Courtney 91, Sydney Houser (who replaced Goh) 96 and Campbell 100 as the Comets had their highest score of the year.

Palomar hopes to get Goh back when they play in the 36-hole Southern California finals on Sunday and Monday at Alisal Run Course in Solvang.

Goh medals; PC clinches title on Day 1 of finals

SAN CLEMENTE (11-05-2013) -- Palomar locked up the Orange Empire Conference women's golf championship on Monday by shooting a 320 team score on the first day of the conference tournament at San Clemente Municipal GC.

The Comets' Jen Goh (left) was the medalist with a 75 on the par-73 course. Goh's Palomar teammate Sadye Busby (right) and Irvine Valley's Cindy Dang tied for second place with 78s.

Vanessa Hannes carded an 80 for the Comets. Midori Kanenobu had an 87, Courtney Romanski 93 and Jessica Campbell 99.

ABOVE: Palomar's Jen Goh follows through on her shot from the third tee at Twin Oaks Golf Club on a rainy morning Tuesday. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Sadye Busby (left) and Vanessa Hommes (right). Busby and Hommes shot 74s to tie for medal honors with College of the Desert's Samantha Stewart. Goh was two strokes back with a 76. The first-place Comets won an eight-team Orange Empire Conference match and now are 83-1 on the season, 62-1 in conference.

First-place Comets move to 83-1, 62-1 in rain

SAN MARCOS (10-28-2013) -- Playing at home for the only time this season on Tuesday morning, Palomar's women's golfers swept the field to sweep seven Orange Empire Conference opponents.

Coach Mark Eldridge's Comets checked in with a 305 team score on a dreary, rainy morning at Twin Oaks Golf Club to finish eight strokes ahead of runner-up Fullerton's 313.

Sadye Busby (left), who leads the OEC in per-round average on the season, and Vanessa Hommes (right) tied for medalist honors as they each shot a 74 in the less-than desireable conditions. There teammate Jen Goh was two strokes back with a 76 to finish in a three-way tie for fourth.

The Comets advanced to 83-1 on the season and 62-1 in conference.

Also for Palomar, Courtney Romanski had an 81, Jessica Campbell 86 and Sidney Houser 89.

Rounding out the team scores: Saddleback was third with a 318, followed by COD (326), Irvine Valley (335), Mt. San Jacinto (351), Cuyamaca  (373) and Mt. SAC (no score). The Mounties had only three golfers. 

ABOVE: Medalist Jen Goh, whose performance helped keep Palomar solidly atop the Orange Empire Conference, drives the ball at San Clemente Municipal Golf Course on Wednesday. Coach Mark Eldridge is just to Goh's left on a cold afternoon. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Sadye Busby, who finished in second place. BELOW RIGHT: Jessica Campbell, who finished three strokes in back of Busby

Comets (76-1, 55-1) win again; Goh is medalist

SAN CLEMENTE (10-23-2013) -- Jen Goh medaled with a 75 on Wednesday as Palomar defeated seven Orange Empire opponents at par-73 San Clemente Municipal Golf Club in the first of two neutral site matches scheduled by the conference.

The Comets, who advanced to 76-1 on the season and 55-1 in the conference, finished with a 325, followed by second-place Fullerton at 340. Trailing were third-place Saddleback (349), fourth-place Mt. San Jacinto (354), fifth-place Irvine Valley (359), sixth-place College of the Desert (376), seventh-place Cuyamaca (415) and Mt. SAC, which had only three golfers. That left the Mounties alone in eighth.

Sadye Busby carded an 80, taking second place behind Goh, ahead of three golfers who were tied for third with 81s. Also for the Comets: Jessica Campbell shot an 84, Vanessa Hommes 86, Midori Kanenobu 89 and Courtney Romanski 94.

Palomar leads the conference over Fullerton, which is second with a 47-9 record, and third-place Saddleback (38-18).

Palomar unbeaten streak ends by two strokes

MISSION VIEJO (10-08-2013) --  Palomar's undefeated run to begin the 2013 season finally ended on Wednesday at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club when Fullerton defeated the Comets by two strokes 316-318 in the seventh Orange Empire Conference eight-team match of the season.

The Comets are now 69-1 in head-to-head competition against their 2013 opponents, 48-1 in the conference. Palomar retains a huge lead over Fullerton, the second-place team. The Hornets are 42-8 in conference.

Palomar sophomore Sadye Busby took medalist honors in the match, shooting a 73.

Vanessa Hannes carded an 80 for the Comets, Gen Goh 81, Midori Kanenobu 84, Jessica Campbell 85 and Courtney Romanski 91.

College of the Desert finished in third place with a 340, pushing Saddleback, which also had a 340, back to fourth on a tie-breaker. Irvine Valley (347), Mt. San Jacinto (355), Cuyamaca (384) and Mt. SAC (393) trailed in fifth through eighth place.

Goh medals; Comets stay undefeated in wind

MORONGO (10-07-2013) -- Jen Goh (left) medaled again on Monday, this time with 79 at windy Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon, as Palomar continued its unbeaten run in women's golf.

Scores skyrocketed in the conditions. Sadye Busby shot an 81 for the Comets. Vanessa Honnes had an 85, Midori Kanenobuu 90, Jessica Campbell 90 and Sydney Houser 106.

The Comets are now 63-0 in head-to-head competition, winning another Orange Empire Conference eight-team match. They're 42-0 in conference.

Palomar finished the day with a 335, 42 stokes off its best conference score on Sept. 16 at El Prado GC in Chino and 29 strokes higher than its most recent winning score last Wednesday at Sacuan Resort's Oak Glen course near El Cajon.

Fullerton was second with a 350, followed  by Saddleback at 357, Irvine Valley 357, College of the Desert 385, Cuyamaca 395, Mt. San Jacinto 400 and Mt. SAC 441.

Comets remain unbeaten as Goh (71) medals

EL CAJON (10-02-2013) -- Jen Goh (left) medaled with a 1-under 71 and Sadye Busby (right) placed second with an even-par 72 on Wednesday as Palomar continued its unbeaten run in women's golf.

The Comets advanced to 56-0 in head-to-head competition, winning for the second straight time in an Orange Empire Conference eight-team match at Sycuan Resort.

Coach Mark Eldridge's team is 35-0 in the OEC.

Palomar finished the day with a 306 score. Fullerton was second, 24 strokes back at 330, followed by Saddleback at 338, College of the Desert 340, Irvione Valley 341, Cuyamaca 353, Mt. San Jacinto 363 and Mt. SAC 394.

Along with Goh's 71 and Busby's 72 total, Vanessa Honnes shot a 77 for the Comets to tie for third place.  Sydney Houser carded an 84, Courtney Rumanski 89 and Jessica Campbell 94.

PC still undefeated; Busby medals with a 72

IRVINE (9-25-2013) -- Sadye Busby medaled with a 72 on Wednesday and Palomar's women's golf team remained unbeaten for 2013 by winning an Orange Empire Conference eight-team match at Oak Creek GC.

The Comets easily outdistanced the field with a 325. Fullerton and Saddleback tied for second, 15 strokes back, at 345. Trailing were College of the Desert (342), home team Irvine Valley (356), Cuyamaca (364), Mt. San Jacinto (364) and Mt. SAC (no score). Coach Mark Eldridge's team is 49-0 in head-to-head competition on the season, 28-0 in the OEC.

Along with Busby's 72 total, Vanessa Honnes shot an 80 for Palomar. Courtney Rumanski 86, Jessica Campbell 87,  Midori Kanendou o87 and Lauren Bermmudez 94. Jen Goh did not play because of an injury.

PC holds off 2nd-place Hornets, still unbeaten

DIAMOND BAR (9-18-2013) -- Palomar won another eight-team Orange Empire Conference match on Wednesday at Diamond Bar Golf Course, holding off host Fullerton 304-307 to remain unbeaten on the season.

Coach Mark Eldridge's Comets, the 2011 state champions, advanced to 42-0 on the season in head-to-head competition against opposing teams, 21-0 in conference.

Saddleback was third at 320, followed by defending statte champion Irvine Valley (326), College of the Desert (341), Mt. San Jacinto (355), Cuyamaca (368) and Mt. SAC (390).

For the first time this season, Palomar did not have take home medalist honors, with Vanessa Honnes (left) shooting a 73 and placing second, two strokes behind Irvine Valley's Leleaga Meridith (71). Also for the Comets, Sadye Busby and Jen Goh (right) both carded 74s, Lauren Bermudez 83, Sydney Houser 85 and Jessica Campbell 86.

Honnes medals at 70; PC breaks record with 293

CHINO (9-16-2013) -- Palomar, which is bidding for its second CCCAA State Community College championship in three years this fall, remained unbeaten with another dominating performance on Monday.

Led by Vanessa Honnes (left), who medaled with a 2-under par 70 on the 5545-yard El Prado Golf Club course, the Comets set a new team scoring record with a 293 to win an eight-team Orange Empire Conference match by 30 strokes over second-place Fullerton College. Palomar advanced to 35-0 in head-to-head competition, 14-0 in conference.

The 2011 state championship team set the old mark of 296 at the same course.

Honnes, a sophomore from Huntington Beach, won Monday's match by 1 stroke over Palomar teammate Sadye Busby and Irvie Valley's Leleaga Merdith, who tied for second place at 71. Palomar's other golfers were Jen Goh with a 75, Lauren Bermudez at 77, Sydney Houser at 85 and Jessica Campbell 86.

Irvine Valley (324) took third in team scoring,l followed by College of the Desert (331), Saddleback (332), Cuyamaca (348) and Mt. San Jacinto (356). Mt. SAC didn't have enough golfers to score.

Busby (69), Goh tie for 1st; Comets win tourney

VENTURA (9-08-2013) / 9-09-2013 -- Palomar teammates Sadye Busby and Jen Goh tied for medalist honors as the Comets remained unbeaten on the season in women's golf on Sunday and Monday by winning the 12-team South Coast Classic.

Busby, a sophmore out of Torrey Pines high School, carded a 69-78 -- 147, dipping under 70 for the second time in the young season on the first day of the tournament. Goh, a freshman from Singapore, matched her with a 70-77 -- 147 to share the tourney's individual title.

The Comets finished with a 301-320 -- 621 at Buenaventura Golf Club and Olivas Park Links Golf Club to defeat the second-place team, touornament host Santa Barbara City College by 11 strokes. The Vaqueros finished the 36-hole event with a 632 team score.

Fullerton (647) finished third, followed by College of the Desert (652), Saddleback (667), Irvine Vallehy (676), College of the Canyons (693), Citrus (717) and Bakersfield (777). Glendale, Mt. SAC and Mt. San Jacinto did not have enough golfers entered to score and

Rounding out Palomar's individual scores: Vanessa Honnes with a 74-90 --154, Sydney Houser (79-93 -- 172), Jessica Campbell (88-85 -- 173), Midori Konernoba (89-88 -- 177), Courtney Romanski (93-88 -- 181).

Busby medals again; Comets win OCC opener

PALM DESERT (9-04-2013) -- Sadye Busby took medalist honors with a 70 on a 5600-yard course at Santa Rosa Golf Club on Wednesday as she led Palomar to first place in the first eight-team Orange Empire match of 2013.

The Comets (302) won easily by 22 srokes over runner-up Saddleback (324).

 Host College of the Desert (326) placed third.

Also for the Comets, Jen Goh shot a 75, Vanessa Honnes 77, Midori Kanenobu 82, Jessica Campbell 87 and Courtney Romanski 92.

Busby medals after record 66; PC wins in desert

PALM SPRINGS (8-31-2013) (9-01-2013) -- Sadye Busby (right) shot a  Palomar-record 66 on Saturday to take over the individual lead after the first 18 holes of the season-opening Desert Classic at the Indian Canyons Golf Club's 4800-yard South Course.

That put Palomar into first place in team scoring, and Busby came back on the 4900-yard North Course on Sunday to card a second-round 70, medaling with a 136 score for 36 holes. Busby's performance cemented the team title in the 11-college field for the Comets.

Busby defeated the tournament runner-up, Saddleback's Makenzie Fahr (72-71 -- 143) by seven strokes. The PC team beat runner-up Santa Barbara City College 602-607. Saddleback placed third at 610, followed by College of the Desert (615), Irvine Valley (648), Citrus (686), Sacramento City College (694), Butte (741), West Hills-Coalinga (834), Mt. San Jacinto (disqualified) and Bakersfield (no score).

Palomar's tournament scores: 1st place. Sadye Busby 66-70 -- 136; tie for 9th: Vanessa Honnes 73-74 -- 147; Courtney Romanski 79-81 -- 160; Midori Konernobu 85-76 -- 161; Jessica Campbell 83-82 -- 165; Kim Williams 86-88 -- 174; Sydney Houser 92-89 -- 180; Samantha Runnels 99-93, 192; Megan Hammersly 95-99 -- 194.

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Golfer Busby takes PCAC Athlete of Week honor

SAN DIEGO (9-03-2013) -- Palomar golfer Sadye Busby, who broke a Palomar record by shooting a 66 round on the first day and finished as medalist in the Desert Classic over the weekend in Palm Springs, has been named the first Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athlete of the Week for 2013-14.

Busby, a sophomore from Torrey Pines High School, carded a 70 on the second day and finished with a 36-hole 136, won the tournament by seven strokes and led Palomar (301-301 -- 602) to the team title by five strokes over second-place Santa Barbara Cioty College.

2012 season

2012 Schedule/Results | 2012 Roster.htm | Coaches | Program History

Taylor Crandall, who tied for medalist honors, putts on the third hole in a Foothill Conference four-way match on Oct. 10 at Twin Oaks Golf Club -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Crandall takes scholarship to E. Washington

CHENEY, Washington(12-11-2012) -- Palomar sophomore Taylor Crandall, who won the 2012 CCCAA state women's championship with a 2-under 70 on the second day, has been offered and has accepted a golf scholarship to NCAA Division I Eastern Washington University.

As a freshman in 2011, the West Hills High School product won the state team championship for coach Mark Eldridge's Comets by one stroke over Glendale College when she dropped in a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole.

"Taylor will be a game-changer," Eastern Washington coach Brena Howe said. "She has already clebrated post-hghigh school success, which I think is a huge factor when it comes to the collegiate level.

"A lot of players coming out of high school are used to being the big fish in a small pond. But when they get to college, they're all of the sudden a small fish in an extremely big pond. Some respond well, but others have a hard time adjusting to the change.

"Taylor has already had post-high school success. She is used to winning, both individually and as a team. She doesn't expect anything less. I hope the standards she has established for herself and her team will carry over to the rest of our squad.

Eastern Washington is a member of the Big Sky Conference.

State golf champ Crandall is Athlete of Week

SAN DIEGO (11-21-2012) -- Palomar's Taylor Crandall (left), who birdied the final two holes to win the CCCAA state community college women's golf championship last Tuesday at Temecula Valley Inn, has been selected as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athlete of the Week.

Crandall, a sophomore from West Hills High School, carded a 2-under-par 70 on the last day to win the title by three strokes over Kate Cho of Irvine Valley, who finished second.

One year ago, Crandall sank a 20-foot putt on the last hole at Kings Golf Club in Hanford to give the Comets the state team championship.

Second-day 70 score nets Crandall state title

TEMECULA (11-13-2012) --
Taylor Crandall (left) topped off her two-year Palomar women's golf career in style on Tuesday at Temecula Creek Inn, shooting a 2-under-par 70 on the second day to capture the individualt itle at the CCCAA State Community College Championships.

The West Hills High School product, who dropped in a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to give the Comets the 2011 state team title, overcame the disappointment of the Palomar team's failure to qualify by defeating runner-up Kate Cho of Irvine Valley by three strokes.

Crandall finished the tournament with a 36-hole 78-70 -- 148 score. Cho came in at 75-76 -- 151. Natascha Wiebe, the Comets' other qualifier for the tournament, shot a 85-89 -- 174.

Crandall cards a 78, is tied for 4th in state golf

TEMECULA (11-12-2012) -- Palomar sophomore Taylor Crandall (right) is tied for fourth place in the CCCAA State Community College Women's Golf Championships at the halfway point.

Crandall shot a 7 8for the first 18 holes on Monday. She trails defending champion Kristin Grimes of College of the Canyons and Kate Cho from Irvine Valley by three strokes entering Tuesday's second and final day at Temecula Creek Inn.

Crandall's Palomar teammate, Natascha Wiebe, had an 85 on the first day.

The final 18 holes will be played on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.

Palomar's Taylor Crandall follows through on a drive at San Luis Rey Downs on the second day of the Southern California Community College Regionals on Tuesday. Crandall and Natascha Wiebe advanced to the CCCAA state tournament. The Comets' team missed out by one stroke. -- Photo courtesy of Jerry Hannula, Saddleback College

Crandall, Wiebe advance to state; team is 1 short

BONSALL (11-6-2012) -- Palomar's defending state champions  missed out by one stroke Tuesday at the Southern California Regionals of advancing to next Monday and Tuesday's CCCAA State Community College women's golf finals.

But, even as the Comets finished third in the six-team field, Taylor Crandall and Natascha Wiebe both qualified for the trip to Temecula Creek Inn.

Crandall carded a 78 on the second day of regional play at San Luis Rey Downs Country Club to finish with a 162 score. Wiebe dropped off two strokes from Monday, shooting an 82. Palomar concluded play with a 672, finishing one stroke behind Glendale's 671 which gave the Vaqueros a second place and a spot in the four-team state tournament.

Irvine Valley won the Southern Cal title with a 624. Defending state individual champion Kristin Grimes of College of the Canyons, who had a 71 on Monday's first day, took medalist honors with a two-day score of 150.

Comets 2 strokes out of 2nd after first 18 holes

BONSALL (11-05-2012) -- Palomar did not have a good scoring day on the first 18 holes of the 36-hole Southern California Community College Women's Golf Championships on Monday at San Luis Rey Downs Country Club.

But at day's end the defending CCCAA state champion Comets found themselves in third place in the eight-team field, only two strokes out of second place. The top two teams advance to the state championships next Monday and Tuesday at Temecula Creek Inn.

Irvine Valley (311) sits in first place after the first day, leading second-place Mt. San Jacinto (328) by 17 strokes and Palomar (330) by 19 strokes. Glendale (332), College of the Canyons (335) and Saddleback (360) trail.

Kristin Grimes of Canyons leads with a 71 after the first day. For Palomar, Natascha Wiebe and Taylor Crandall (above left) both carded 80s. Gianna Cioe had an 84, Alyssa Masania 86, Shay Boomer 99 and Katrina Lopez 109.

The last 18 holes will be played beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Palomar wins Foothill title; Wiebe is Player of Yr.

FALLBROOK (10-31-2012) -- Palomar won another Foothill Conference women's golf title on Wednesday at Pala Mesa Golf Resort, beating Mt. San Jacinto in a 1-hole playoff after the second day of the conference finals.

The Comets' Natascha Wiebe (left), who had the lowest score over the entire Foothill season, was named conference Player of the Year. Palomar's Mark Eldridge and Jonathon Fleming (right) were selected as Coaches of the Year.

Wiebe shot a 77 to lead the the Comets on Wednesday. Alyssa Masaniai had a 78, Gianna Cioe 80, Taylor Crandall 86, Shay Boomer 98 and Karina Lopez 109.

With each day of the tournament being scored as overall season head-to-head matches between each of the teams, Palomar had won on the first day Monday behind Crandall's medalist 75 round.

But Mt. San Jacinto defeated the Comets on Wednesday 327-331 to pull into a tie for first place, with both teams at 24-5 on the season. That created the playoff between the two teams for the conference championship.

Palomar, the defending CCCAA state community college champion, moves on to the Southern California Regional on Monday and Tuesday at San Luis Rey Downs Country Club.

Comets 23 up on Day 1, can clinch Wednesday

Foothill Athletic ConferenceFALLBROOK (10-29-2012) -- Palomar's defending state community college champions took a giant step toward a Foothill Conference title, winning the first day of the two-day Foothill Conference women's golf finals on Monday at Pala Mesa Resort.

The tournament is scored as two separate matches, with dual-match scoring between teams, and the Comets (23-4 in conference) can clinch the title outright by winning again Wednesday on the second day. In Monday's scoring, Palomar had a 317, Mt. San Jacinto 340, Mt. SAC 377 and COD 410.

The Comets' Taylor Crandall (above left) took medalist honors with a 75, Natascha Wiebe shot a 77, Allyssa Masaniai 81, Gianna Cioe  84, Shay Boomer 103 and Karina Lopez 110.

Palomar's off-days net 2 second-place finishes

Foothill Athletic ConferenceBEAUMONT (10-15-2012) (10-17-2012) -- The Palomar women's golf team shot  uncharacteristic back-to-back rounds 351 on Monday and 374 on Tuesday and finished second in a pair of four-way Foothill Conference matches at Oak Valley Golf Club.

On Monday, Mt. San Jacinto shot a 343 to move to within one match of the Comets in the Foothill standings. Mt. SAC (384) and College of the Desert (391) trailed.

Then, on Wednesday, Palomar was without No. 1 player Taylor Crandall and Mt. San Jacinto won again with a 366 as the Eagles edged back into a tie for first place with the Comets. Mt. SAC (397) and COD (416) again trailed.

The two rounds were Palomar's two worst of the season, by 21 srokes on Monday and by 44 strokes on Wednesday.

Only one member of the Palomar team shot in the 70s on Monday, Crandall with a 79. Natascha Wiebe carded an 81, Gianna Cloe 92, Allyssa Masaniai 99, Karina Lopez 105 and Shay Boomer 112.

In Wednesday's match, Wiebe had a 78 score, Cioe 94, Masaniai 98, Lopez 104 and Boomer 111.

Taylor Crandall, who tied for medalist honors, putts on the third hole Wednesday at Twin Oaks GC -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets win again, stretch lead in Foothill Conf.

Foothill Athletic ConferenceSAN MARCOS (10-10-2012) -- First-place Palomar (16-2) moved further ahead of second-place Mt. San Jacinto (14-4) in the Foothill Conference women's golf standings on Wednesday at Twin Oaks GC.

The Comets won a four-way conference match, defeating the Eales (312), Mt. SAC (350) and College of the Desert (367).

Palomar's Taylor Crandall (left) carded a 73 to finish in a tie with Mt. San Jacinto's Iris Chung for medalist honors. The Comets' Natascha Wiebe finished third with a 74.

Also for Palomar, Gianna Cioe shot a 77, Allyssia Masaniai 85, Karina Lopez 92 and Shay Boomer 99.

The Comets advanced to 42-7 overall.


 
Palomar's Taylor Crandall (top photo) and Natascha Wiebe (lower left)  follow through on shots as they take 1-2 on Wednesday. At lower right, Gianna Cioe hits a shot as she ties for fourth. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Crandall, Wiebe go 1-2 as Comets take over first

SAN MARCOS (10-03-2012) -- Taylor Crandall and Natascha Wiebe placed 1-2 on Wednesday at Twin Oaks Golf Course as Palomar's women's team won a four-way match to take over undisputed first place in the Foothill Conference.

Crandall took medalist honors with a 74 and Wiebe shot a 75. Palomar teammate Gianna Cioe carded a 78 as she finished in a three-way tie for fourth place.

Also for the Comets, Allyssa Masaniai had an 86, Karina Lopez a 96 and Shay Boomer a 111.

Palomar finished wigh a 313 team score. Mt. San Jacinto shot a school-record 319 to finjish second. Mt. SAC (365) and College of the Desert (366) trailed.

The Comets moved to 39-7 on the season, 13-2 in conference. Mt. San Jacinto, which was tied for the conference lead coming in, is 12-3 in conference.

Palomar takes 4th in 12-team field at Morro Bay 

MORRO BAY (10-01-2012) -- Palomar placed fourth in a 12-team field at the North-South invite hosted by Santa Barbara City College that concluded a two-day run on Monday at Morro Bay Golf Club.

Natascha Wiebe (left, 80-75 -- 155) and Gianna Cioe (75-80 -- 155) led the Comets.

Taylor Crandall shot an 84-74 -- 158, Allyssa Masaniai  86-83 -- 169, Shay Boomer 97-98 -- 197 and Katrina Lopez 106-96 -- 201.

The Comets shot a 312 on the second day to finish at 637.

College of the Canyons (622), Glendale (613) and Sacramento City College (631) took the top three team spots.

Cioe shoots 75 on first day at Morro Bay GC

MORRO BAY (9-30-2012) -- Sophomore Gianna Cioe carded a personal-best 75 at Morro Bay Golf Club on Sunday as Palomar began play in the two-day North-South Invite hosted by Santa Barbara City College.

The Comets sit in fifth place out of 12 teams after the first day.

Natascha Wiebe shot an 80, Taylor Crandall 84, Allyssa Masaniai 86, Shay Boomer 97 and Karina Lopez 106.

Comets 20-stroke winners in San Luis Rey Invite

SAN LUIS REY DOWNS (9-26-2012) -- The Palomar women's golf team won the San Luis Rey Inviational by 20 strokes over runner-up Mt. San Jacinto on Wednesday at San Luis Rey Downs Golf Resort.

The Comets finished with a 327. Mt. San Jacinto shot a 347, Mt. SAC 366 and College of the Desert 377.

Taylor Crandall of Palomar (right) took medalist honors with a 78. Natascha Wiebe carded an 80, Gianna Gioe 84, Allyssa Masaniai 85, Karina Lopez 102 and Shay Boomer 108.

The Comets are 28-4 on the season.

 Palomar moves into tie for first place in Foothill

CHINO (9-19-2012) -- Natascha Wiebe (left) medaled with a 73 on Monday as Palomar's defending state community college women's golf champions moved into a tie for first place in the Foothill Conference.

The Comets outdistanced runner-up Mt. San Jacinto, the former co-leader, 319-324 at El Prado Golf Club. Mt. SAC (345) and College of the Desert (366) trailed.

The Comets and Eagles are tied for the conference lead with 10-2 records. Palomar is 25-4 overall.

Taylor Crandall,who medaled with a 74 on Monday as the Comets defeated the same three opponents, shot an 80. Gianna Cioe had an 82, Allyssa Masaniai 84, Shay Boomer 107 and Karina Lopez 111.

Comets win by 6 strokes in 3rd conference match

CHINO  (9-17-2012) -- Palomar's women's golf team won a four-team match on Monday at El Prado Golf Club / Butterfield course, to advance to 22-4 on the season, 7-2 in the Foothill Conference.

Led by co-medalist Taylor Crandall (right), the defending state champion Comets of coaches Mark Eldridge and Jon Fleming defeated the runnerup team, Mt. San Jacinto, by six strokes 313-319. College of  the Desert (368) and Mt. SAC (375), the host team, trailed.

Mt. SAC's Ayaka Hamano tied Crandall for medalist honors at 74. Palomar's Natascha Wiebe placed third with a 75.

Also for Palomar, Gianna Cioe shot a 79, Alyssa Masaniai 85, Shay Boomer  100 and Karina Lopez 104.

Palomar again places second in Foothill match

PALM DESERT (9-12-2012) -- For the second time in three days, Palomar finished second in team scoring in a Foothill Conference women's golf match at Santa Rosa Golf Club.

Mt. San Jacinto won with a 322, with the Comets recording  a 330 score. College of the Desert (372) and Mt. SAC (375) placed third and fourth, respectively.

Among Palomar's four scorers, Taylor Crandall shot a 75.

Natascha Wiebe added a 76, Allyssa Masaniai 89 and Gianna Cioe 90.

Crandall medals with 74 but Comets take 2nd

PALM DESERT (9-10-2012) -- Taylor Crandall (right) medaled with a 74 on Monday but Palomar's defending CCCAA state women's golf champions were upset in their Foothill Conference opener at Santa Rosa Golf Club.

Mt. San Jacinto won with a 326, with the Comets shooting a 330.

College of the Desert (371) and Mt. SAC (376) trailed.

Natascha Wiebe and Alyssa Masaniai both shot 85s for the Comets. Gianna Cioe had an 86.

Wiebe cards 2nd-day 73 to take medalist honors

PALM SPRINGS (9-02-2012) -- Natascha Wiebe (left) medaled with a second-day 73 but Palomar settled for third place in the Desert Classic at Indian Canyon Golf Club when the Comets' No. 4 player was disqualified due to a unintentional error.

Irvine Valley, which led the Comets by one stroke 321-322 after the first day, shot a 320 for its four scoring players to win the tournament with a 641. Palomar slipped to 335 the second day tournament and 657 for theafter Gianna Cioe hit the wrong ball.

Glendale carded a 322 on the second day to finish with a 651 and pass the Comets for second place.

Mt. San Jacinto finished three strokes in back of the Comets for the tournament to place fourth. Sacramento City College, Saddleback, Bakersfield, Santa Barbara, College of the Desert and Butte followed in that order.

Wiebe's scores to win the individual competition were 76-73 -- 149. Palomar's Taylor Crandall finished third with a 74-78 -- 152.

Crandall tied for lead; Palomar is one stroke back

PALM SPRINGS (8-31-2012) -- Led by a 74 round by Taylor Crandall which put her in a tie for the individual lead, Palomar's defending CCCAA state women's golf champions finished the first day of the Desert Classic in second place out of 10 teams.

The Comets' team score of 322 (top four scorers count) put them one stroke behind leader Irvine Valley's 321 in the 10-team field at the two-day event hosted by Santa Barbara City College at Indian Canyon Golf Club.

Glendale (329), Mt. San Jacintro (330), Sacramento City College (339), Saddleback (339) Bakersfield (356), Santa Barbara (377), College of the Desert (382) and Butte (457) trailed.

Crandall is tied for the lead with Riley Sexton from Sacramento.

Also for the Comets, Natascha Wiebe carded a 76 to sit in third place, Alyssa Masaniai 86 and Gianna Cioe 86. 


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Hardin's 'Big Break' coming on Golf Channel

THE BAHAMAS  (5-8-2012) -- Palomar sophomore Meghan Hardin, who helped lead the Comets to the 2011 State Community College women's golf championship last Nov. 15 in Hanford, is seeking fame and fortune on a very big stage.

The 19-year-old, who transferred from Cal State San Marcos prior to the 2011 season and finished seventh in the communiry college state tournament, has turned pro, forfeiting her remaining collegiate eligibility, to become the youngest female golfer ever selected to play in The Golf Channel's  "Big Break" series, which begins its 17th season next Monday, May 14.

"Big Break Atlantiss" was shot at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, with Hardin attempting to earn an exemption into an LPGA event later this year -- among a plethora of other perks and prizes.

" 'The Big Break' is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity Hardin told golf writer Marc Figueroa of the North County Times. "There are thousands of applicants who apply every year, and for me to getchosen. I just knew I had to take (my shot)."

Both literally and figuratively.

No one is saying how Hardin does in the taped event, althugh the word on the street is that she played well. For her part, Hardin isn't saying. She'sprevented, in fact, from uttering a word, and so is everyone else from The Golf Channel and the show. She did tell Figueroa that it was a "gruelling" experence.

Hardin received a golf scholarship to Cal State San Marcos out of Rim of the World High School in Lake Arrowhead, where she played on the boys team in the rugged CIF Southern Section and was team captain..She won a tournament playing for the Cougars as a true freshman, but left the program when the coach who recruited her left the school.

She transferred to Palomar to play for coach Mark Eldridge and, after last Fall's state team championship, things started to happen fast and furious for the former Comet.

Figueroa quoted Eldridge as saying he was surprised, "initially" when Hardin was selected to play on the Big Break series from amog so many hopefuls.

"The odds of making it are huge," Eldrige said in Figueroa's golf column. When he thought about it, however, Eldridge wasn't surprised at all.

"She sees that carrot in front of her and she doesn't quit until she gets what she wants," Eldridge added. "Her drive is not that common."

CLICK HERE to read Mark Figueroa's column feature on Meghan Hardin from the North County Times' May 2, 2012 edition

Above Photo courtesy of The Golf Channel


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