ABOVE: The 111-year old Victoria Club in Riverside was the site of the CCCAA State Men's Golf Championships on Monday. -- Victoria Club photo.Riverside City College won its first state team championship on its home course. -- Victoria Club photo. BELOW: Palomar's Kelly Cannon, who finished in a 3-way tie for 13th place in warm, windy conditions with a 148
Cannon ties for 13th place in state tournament
RIVERSIDE (5-12-2014) --
Cannon, playing in a 43-man field, had carded a 78 in the morning round on the 6,517-yard, par-72 course at the 111-year old Victoria Club. He finished with a 148 total for 36 holes on a day during which the field of golfers battled warm, windy conditions throughout.
Cannon wound up in the tie at 148 with Edouard Fiszel of College of the Canyons (72-76) and Andrew Sirowy from Chabot (74-74).
Sidney Wolf of Canyons won the state individual championship with a 71-68 -- 139, defeating runner-up Greg Robarge of Ventura (71-70 -- 141) by 2 strokes and beating third-place finisher Johnny Greco of San Jose City College (70-72 -- 142) by 3 strokes.
Palomar's other entry, Bryce Haynes, a freshman from San Pasqual High School who had taken medalist honors on the same course back on Jan. 27 in the season-opening Riverside Invitational, shot an even-par 72 in the morning round and sat in a sixth-place tie, only 2 strokes out of first place entering the afternoon round. But Haynes had an 81 in the afternoon to finish in 33rd place at 153.
Zach Eddy of Orange Coast shot a hole-in-one on the 136-yard, par-3 fifth hole during the morning round.
Riverside City College, playing on its home course, won its first state championship. The Tigers and Canyons both finished at 734, with Riverside winning the team title vie the tie-breaker by posting the better sixth-man score.
Chabot finished third at 744 and the other team in the field, San Jose City College, was fourth with a 750.
ABOVE: Kelly Cannon follows tahrough on a shot in Monday's Suthern California Community College Tournament at StoneRidge Country Club in Poway. BELOW:Bryce Haynes, Palomar'slow scorer with a 77-69 -- 146, watches his ball against the sky. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
Hayes, Cannon make state but PC fades as team
POWAY (5-05-2014) --Palomar's men's golf team picked an unfortunate time to have an off-day on Monday, finishing out of the money in the Southern Califronia Community College Men's Golf Championships at StoneRidge Country Club.
But Bryce Haynes shot a 3-under par 69 in the day's second round as both he and Kelly Cannon qualified for next Monday's CCCAA State Tournament at The Victoria Club in Riverside.
Haynes' score for the day was 77-69 -- 146, low for the day for the Comets but 10 strokes off the 68-68 carded by medalist Sydney Wolf of team champion College of the Canyons. The Cougars defeated runner-up Riverside City College by 15 strokes 723 to 738. The Tigers join Canyons as Southern California's other team representative in the state tournament.
Cannon carded a 77-71 -- 148. Also for the Comets, Mitch Cannon had a 79-73 -- 152, Aaron Whiteley 80-75 -- 155, Brian Cole 78-79 -- 157 and Cullen Clifford 80-81 -- 161.
Failing to qualify for next Monday were third-place Orange Coast at 743, fourth-place Santa Barbara City College 751, fifth-place COD 757, Palomar and Santiago Canyon tied for sixth at 758, eighth-place Ventura 766, ninth-place Cuyamaca 782 and 10th-place Glendale 797. The Comets were awarded fifth place because of a tie-breaker (best eighth-man score in the second round).
"(We shot a) solid second round but in the first round we dug too deep a hole," Palomar coach Mark Halda said. "I thought we have played better."
Palomar 2nd in PCAC, qualifies for Regionals
RIVERSIDE (4-28-2014) -- Palomar's men's golf team advanced to next Monday's Southern California Community College Regional Championships on Monday.
Coach Mark Halda's Comets qualified by placing second to state title favorite College of the Desert both in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference finals at par-72, 6570-yard Canyon Crest Country Club and for the overall season.
COD won over 36 holes with a 761 score. Palomar shot a 769 in finishing second, followed by Cuyamaca (776) in third place, El Camino (800) in fourth and Victor Valley (857) in fifth place. Mt. San Jacinto was disqualified.
For the Comets, Aaron Whiteley was low scorer with a 78-72 -- 150. Cullen Clifford shot 74-78 -- 152 and was followed by Kelly Cannon at 76-78 -- 154, Bryce Haynes at 78-78 -- 156, Brian Cole at 80-77 -- 157 and Mitch Cannon at 81-80 -- 161. El Camino's Michael D'angelo was medalist with an even-par 76-68 -- 144.
Kelly Cannon (fourth), Whiteley (tie for eighth) and Clifford (tie for 10th) all made all-conference by finishing in top-10 season-long scoring average.
The PCAC will host the SoCal finals next Monday at StoneRidge Country Club in Poway with the first 18-hole round scheduled for 7:30 a.m. and the second 18-hole round slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. The top two Southern California team finishers, plus individuals, will move on to the CCCAA State Championships that will be contested on Monday, May 12, at The Victoria Club in Riverside.
PC stays on a roll, wins behind medalist Cole
SAN JACINTO (4-16-2014) --Brian Cole shot a 1-under 71 at Soboba Springs Golf Club on Wednesday as Palomar remained one of the hottest men's community college golf teams in California by winning the final 6-way Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match of the season.
The Comets won with a 373 score on the 7053-yard, par 72 course, defeating runner-up College of the Desert which had a 381. Palomar was 5-0 on the day and COD was 4-1. El Camino (392, 3-2), Cuyamaca (395, 2-3), Mt. San Jacinto (402, 1-4) and Victor Valley (416, 0-5) trailed.
The Comets have won four of their last five matches, finishing second in the other one.
Also for Palomar, Bryuce Haynes carded a 74, Mitch Cannon 75, Aaron Whiteley 75, Kelly Cannon 78 and Cullen Clifford 79.
Haynes shoots 69 again; PC wins in match play
POWAY (4-09-2014) -- Palomar freshman Bryce Haynes medaled with a 69 for the second time in a week on Wednesday as he led the Comets to an 8-4 nonconference men's match-play golf victory over visiting Riverside City College.
This time, Haynes' 69 came on the 6418-yard, par 71 course at StoneRidge Country Club, coming on the heels of his performance at the at the 6570-yard, par 72 Canyon Crest Golf Club layout in Riverside on April 2 as the Comets won a six-way Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match.
Haynes edged teammate Cullen Clifford (71) by one stroke on Wednesday, with Kelly Cannon another stroke back at 71. Also for Palomar, Carlos Lepe carded a 76, Brian Cole 77, Mitch Cannon 78 and Aaron Whiteley 83.
PICTURED ABOVE: Medalist Bryce Haynes (left), second-place finisher Cullen Clifford (right)
Cannon joins AOTW Haynes by medaling
SAN DIEGO / RANCHO MIRAGE (4-07-2014) -- On the same day Palomar golfer Bryce Haynes was named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week earlier in the day, teammate Kelly Cannon emulated Haynes' performance of last week on the links Monday.
Cannon became the second Palomar golfer to medal in a six-way conference match in five days when he shot a 1-under 71 to beat the field at Desert Island Golf Club in Rancho Mirage.
Last Wednesday, Haynes battled wind and intermittent showers to card a 3-under 69 to medal at Canyon Crest Golf Club in Riverside, the performance that resulted in his AOTW award.
While Haynes' round won last week's match for the Comets, moving them into a tie with Cuyamaca for second place with a 22-8 conference record, Cannon's round at the 6716-yard Desert Island course Monday enabled Palomar to place second behind PCAC season leader College of the Desert -- and catapult past the Coyotes into second pin the conference race by itself.
COD edged the Comets by one stroke in Tuesday's team scoring 377-378. Cuyamaca was third with a 392, falling one match back of Palomar in the PCAC standings at 21-9. El Camino College (395) placed fourth. Mt. San Jacinto (410) finished fifth. Victor Valley (421) wound up in sixth place.
Rounding out Palomar's scoring Tuesday were Haynes (75), Cullen Clifford (77), Mitch Cannon (77), Aaron Whiteley (78) and Brian Cole (78).
PICTURED ABOVE:Athlete of the Week Bryce Haynes (left), Monday medalist Kelly Cannon (right)
Haynes medals at 69; PC downs 5 PCAC foes
RIVERSIDE (4-02-2014) -- Bryce Haynes, a freshman from San Pasqual High School who medaled with a 69 in Palomar's season men's golf opener back on Jan. 27 at Riverside's historic, 118-year-old Victoria Club, was back in town on Wednesday with the same result.
Haynes again shot a 69 to take medalist honors, this time at the par 72, 6570-yard Canyon Crest Golf Club course, to help lift coach Mark Halda's Comets to an upset victory against their five Pacific Coast Athletic Conference opponents.
The Comets won by three strokes over Cuyamaca 384-387 to move into a second-place tie in the PCAC standings with the Coyotes. Conference-leading College of the Desert was third with a 391. El Camino (402) and Victor Valley (420) trailed. Mt. San Jacinto did not have a score as one of the Eagles' players withdrew during the match.
Haynes won by five strokes over runner-up Kazufuni Sikakai of COD, a sophomore from Takesaki Municipal High School in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. Sikakai shot a 74.
Palomar's other scorers were Aaron Whitley (76), Cullen Clifford (78), Mitch Cannon (79) and Kyle Cannon (79). Carlos Lepe's 82 was thrown out.
PC defeats Tigers as Mitch Cannon (73) medals
RIVERSIDE (3-26-2014) --Mitch Cannon medaled with a 1-over 73 at Canyon Crest Country Club as Palomar's men's golf team won a non-conference dual from Riverside City College 379-383.
Other scores for the Comets on the 6570-yard, par 72 course were Gullen Clifford's 74, Kelly Cannon's 75, Aaron Whiteley's 75, Carlos Lepe's 82 and Bryce Haynes' 83.
Haynes' score was thrown out.
Coach Mark Halda's Comets will be back in action when they travel to the desert to play in a six-way Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match hosted by College of the Desert at Desert Island Golf Club in Rancho Mirage.
PICTURED ABOVE: Medalist Mitch Cannon
Kelly Canyon medals in fifth conference match
PALOS VERDES ESTATES (3-24-2014) --Palomar's Kelly Cannon shot a 75 to take medalist honors at the Palos Verdes Golf Club in the fifth Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match of the 2014 season on Monday.
Other scores for the Comets in the match, which was hosted by El Camino College on a 6316-yard, par 71 course: Mitch Cannon 77, Aaron Whiteley 79, Cullen Clifford 80 and Carlos Lepe 89. Bryce Haynes' 92 was thrown out.
First-place College of the Desert won the match with a 390 score and a 5-0 record vs. the other conference teams. Cuyamaca (392, 4-1) was second, followed by the Comets (400, 3-2), El Camino (405, 2-3), Victor Valley (432, 1-4) and Mt. San Jacinto (436, 0-5).
COD is 25-0 to lead the conference, with second-place Cuyamaca at 18-7 and Palomar right behind the Coyotes with a 17-8 PCAC record.
PICTURED ABOVE:Kelly Cannon
Whiteley (1-under 71) medals; PC 2nd of 6 teams
SAN MARCOS (3-19-2014) --Palomar's Aaron Whietley medaled with a 1-uder par 71 and the Comets placed second in a six-team field in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's golf match at Twin Oaks Golf Club.
College of the Desert won with a 365 score and 5-0 win-loss record, followed by Palomar (375, 4-1), Cuyamaca (386, 3-2), El Camino (394, 2-3), Mt. San Jacinto (415, 1-4) and Victor Valley (424, 0-5).
Also for Palomar, the host team, Kelly Cannon shot a 73, cullen Clifford 76, Mitch Cannon 76, Brian Cole 80 and Bryce Haynes 81. Haynes' score was thrown out.
PICTURED ABOVE: Aaron Whiteley
Comets finish second behind COD at Sycuan
EL CAJON (3-12-2014) --Palomar tallied a 378 score to finish in second place behind College of the Desert's winning 370 total in a six-team Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's golf match on Wednesday at Sycuan Country Club's par 72, 6680-yard course.
Host Cuyamaca placed third at 386, followed by El Camino College (403), Victor Valley (409) and Mt. San Jacinto (419).
Mitch Cannon and Kelly Cannon tied for the Comets' low score by shooting 75s. Brian Cole, Cullen Clifford and Aaron Whiteley had 76s. Carlos Lepe carded a 79.
Coach Mark Halda's team went 4-1 on the day and is 10-5 in conference play after three matches.
PICTURED ABOVE: Mitch Cannon (left), Kelly Cannon (right)
Palomar takes 3rd again in 2nd conference match
POWAY (3-10-2014) --Palomar shot a 393 at StoneRidge Country Club on Monday, finishing third in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference neutral-course match.
College of the Desert won with a 364 score on the Par 71, 6418-yard course. Cuyamaca was second with a 386. El Camino College (415), Victor Valley (420) and Mt. San Jacinto (429) trailed the Comets in fourth through sixth place.
For Palomar, Kelly Cannon shot a 76, Cullen Clifford 77, Carlos Lepe 78, Mitch Cannon 79 and Aaron Whitley 83.
COD's Chris Cotton was medalist with a 71.
PICTURED: Kelly Cannon
Comets settle for 3d place in 1st-ever PCAC match
VICTORVILLE (2-24-2014) --Palomar's men's golf team had to settle for third place in a six-team field on Monday at Spring Valley Lakes Country Club in the first-ever Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match ever contested.
Palomar finished with a 380 team score as the Comets finished behind first-place College of the Desert (358) and Cuyamaca (378). El Camino College (391), Mt. San Jacinto (403) and host Victor Valley (414) trailed.
COD's Conner Nash, a sophomore from Skyview High School in Vancouver, WA, took medalist honors with a 69 at Spring Valley Lakes Country Club.
For the Comets, Bryce Haynes (left) and Carlos Lepe (right) both shot 74s. Cullen Clifford shot a 76, Mitchell Cannon a 77, Kelly Cannon a 79 and Aaron Whitely an 80.
PC is 8th among 17 teams in MSJC Invitational
SAN JACINTO (2-21-2014) --Palomar's men's golfers played their last warm-up tournament for the first-ever Pacific Coast Athletic Conference season on Friday, tying for eighth among 18 teams in the Mt. San Jacinto Invitational.
Cullen Clifford had the low score for the Comets, a 75 at Saboba Springs Golf Club.
Kelly Cannon and Mitch Cannon each shot 78s. Aaron Whiteley had a 79, Bryce Haynes 80 ad Carlos Lepe an 85 that was thrown out.
Santiago Canyon (360) outdistanced second-place Santa Barbara City College (376) to win the team title.
Those teams were followed by Ventura at 385, Cypress 386, College of the Canyons 387, Orange Coast 388, Saddleback 389 and Palomar, COD and Riverside City College tied at 391.
Teams that trailed were Cuyamaca with a 395, Citrus 396, Irvine Valley 398, Mt.San Jacinto 406, El Camino 411, Victor Valley 420 and Antelope Valley 420.
PHOTO: Cullen Crawford, Palomar's low scorer for the day (above left)
Palomar's Kelly Cannnon (top photo) and Aaron Whitely go to work at Los Serranos Country Club on Monday's first day of the two-day Orange Empire Tee-Off Classic. Cannon and Whitely had the Comets' two top scores over 36 holes in the tournament. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
Cannon (152), Whitely (153) lead PC in Classic
CHINO HILLS (2-10-2014) (2-12-2014) -- Kelly Cannon and Aaron Whitely led the Palomar team in the two-day Orange Empire Tee-Off Classic on Monday and Wednesday at Los Serranos Country Club.
Cannon checked in with a 73 on the par-74, 7,147-yard South Course on Monday and a 79 on the par-72, 6,698-yard North Course for a 36-hole total of 152.
Whitely was one stroke back as he shot a 76-77 -- 153.
Other scores for coach Mark Halda's Comets were a 79-78 -- 157 by Bryce Haynes, a 78-81 -- 159 by Cullen Clifford, a 78-82 -- 160 by Carlos Lepe and an 80-80 -- 160 by Mitch Cannon.
Palomar placed seventh out of 12 teams with a 384-395 -- 779 score. Santiago Canyon won with a 744, beting runner-up Orange Coast by 3 strokes. College of the Desert placed third in team scoring, with Riverside City College fourth at 751, Cypress fifth at 765 and Saddleback sixth at 767.
The Comets edged eighth-place Cuyamaca (780) by a stroke. Irvine Valley (810), El Camino (824), Mt. San Jacinto (834) and Victor Valley (840) trailed.
Michael Chen of Orange Coast was medalist with a 68-74 -- 142.
Duo checks in with 68 'Best Ball of Partners' score
VICTORVILLE (2-04-2014) --
Cullen Clifford and Carlos Lepe shot a 70. Aaron Whitely and Mitch Cannon had a 71.
Orange Coast won with a 200 score, followed by Antelope Valley (202), Ventura (203), College of the Desert (205) and the Comets and Riverside City College deadlocked for fifth with 209 scores.
El Camino (223), Citrus (223), Mt. San Jacinto (224) and Victor Valley (225) trailed.
PC's Haynes medalist with 69 to open season
RIVERSIDE (1-27-2014) --
Palomar placed sixth of 13 teams with a 382 team score on the 6,517-yard course in the tounament, which was hosted by Riverside City College.
Cullen Clifford, a sophomore out of La Costa Canyon High, was the second-leading scorer for coach Mark Halda's Comets with a 1-over 73. Mitch Cannon shot a 78 for Palomar, Kelly Cannon 79 and Carlos Lepe 83. Aaron Whitley's 85 was the throw-out score.
RCC won with a 361, followed in the top five by College of the Desert (367), Santiago Canyon (368), College of the Canyons (377) and Orange Coast (379). Cypress was 8 strokes back of the Comets with a 390, with Cypress (390), Saddleback (394), Cuyamaca (396), El Camino (396), Mt. San Jacinto (410), Irvine Valley (420) and Victor Valley (436) rounding out the field.
Onetime Comet Wiebe wins Hawaii tournament
Wiebe, both the California State Community College Champion and California State Amateur Champion as a Comet back in 1977 who went on to gain All-American honors at San Jose State, won the Pacific Links Hawaii tournament on Sunday. He birdied the 18th hole to force a playoff, then defeated Corey Pavin on the second extra hole.
Both Wiebe, a 2012 inaugral inductee into the Palomar College Athletic Hall of Fame, and Pavin finished regulation play with 11-under 205 scores.
Wiebe won the Senior British Open in July at Royal Birkdale in Southport, Lancashire, UK.
Eck playing at D-II Colorado Mesa University
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (8-22-2013) --Cody Ek (left) has become the latest Palomar men's golfer to go on to play at the four-year college level.
The Rancho Bernardo High School Product, who played for coach Mark Halda's Comets during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, has transferred to Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.
The Mavericks will tee off their fall schedule in the Ryan Campbell University in Canyon, Texas, on Sept. 16-17.
Colorado Mesa, formerly Mesa State, finished third among nine teams in the 2012 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships in May.
Photos: Left: Cody Ek (Photo by Melinda Finn). Right: Ek putts during an eight-team Orange Empire Conference match at Twin Oaks Golf Club in San Marcos during his freshman season on March 14, 2012.
Wiebe wins Senior British Open title in playoff
SOUTHPORT, England (7-27-2013) --Mark Wiebe, who won the California Community College state golf championship as a Palomar freshman back in 1977 before going on to earn $4,289,026 in 22 years on the PGA Tour, won the Senior British Open in a playoff on Monday.
Wiebe defeated two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer on the fifth playoff hole at Royal Birkdale Golf Club.
For all intents and purposes, Wiebe grew up a Comet. He was a ball boy for the Palomar football team for his dad, Mack Wiebe, who was the Comets' head football coach from 1967 through 1976. Mark Wiebe was inducted into the Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame's first class last August.
Asper is conference's Men's Athlete of the Week
SAN DIEGO (5-15-2013) -- Palomar golfer Jordan Asper (left) has been selected as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Athlete of the Week for all sports for the two weeks that ended on Sunday.
a sophomore from Mountain View High
School in Bend, OR and the Orange
Empire Conf. Player of the Year, won
the Southern California individual
title at Costa Mesa Golf & Country
Club, shooting a 68-72 – 140 for 36
holes last Monday.
Aspera, a sophomore from Mountain View High School in Bend, OR and the Orange Empire Conf. Player of the Year, won the Southern California individual title at Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club, shooting a 68-72 – 140 for 36 holes last Monday.
He shared the conference
Athlete of the Week award with
Palomar baseball pitcher Zach
He shared the conference Athlete of the Week award with Palomar baseball pitcher Zach Wilkins.
Bellstrom is Palomar's top finisher at state finals
CARMEL (5-13-2013) --Palomar's Nick Bellstrom (right) carded a 73-75 -- 148 on Monday at the Rancho Canada Golf Club and was the Comets' top finisher in the CCCAA State Men's Golf Championships.
PC teammate Jordan Asper, the Southern California champion, had an off day and finished at 77-79 -- 156.
Reedley's Jacob Ruffino won the state individual title with a 67-70 -- 137. College of the Canyons was the team champion.
Asper won the Southern California individual championship last week with a 68-72 -- 140.
Comets' Asper wins SoCal title with 68-72 -- 140
COSTA MESA (5-06-2013) --
Asper, the Orange Empire Conference Player of the Year, carded a 68-72 -- 140. He'll be joined in next week's CCCAA State Championships at Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel by teammate Nick Bellstrom (right), who tied for sixth place with a 74-71 -- 145.
Palomar, which needed a top-two finish to qualify as a team, placed fourth with a 379-372 -- 751. Orange Coast (721) and College of the Canyons (733) advanced their teams to state, with Santa Barbara City College finishing third at 746.
Trailing coach Mark Halda's Comets were Santiago Canyon in fifth place with a 755, El Camino with a 761, defending state champion College of the Desert (770) and Ventura (782).
OEC Player of Year Asper, Comets regional bound
CHINO HILLS (4-29-2013)
Palomar's Jordan Asper
(left), the Orange Empire Conference's overall
season average leader and Player of the Year, helped lead
Palomar to second on the North Course and third on the South
Course at Los Serranos Golf & Country Club on Monday.
Pearce misses cut for CCAA State Tournament
GLENDORA (5-07-2012) --Palomar's Chris Pearce failed to make the cut for next week's CCCAA State Men's Golf championships in Santa Maria when he shot an 81-74 -- 165 on Monday in the Southern Caliofornia Regionals.
Pearce, who shot two late-season 69 rounds for the Comets, placed 34th in the tournament field at Glendora Country Club.
Ek, Kearns lead PC at OEC finals; Pearce to SoCal
CHINO HILLS (4-30-2012) -- Cody Ek (left) shot a 77 on the North course and a 73 on the South course as Palomar's leader at 150 for 36 holes in the OEC men's golf tournament on Monday at Los Seranos CC.
Richard Kearns (right) carded a 73 on the North course and an 80 on the South course to finish at 153.
But Chris Pearce, who saw his streak of two straight 69 rounds ended in back-to-back 18-hole matches that made up the conference finals, was the only Comet to qualify for the Southern California community college finals.
Pearce shot a 74 on the North course and an 80 on the South course for a 154 total on the day.. Individual qualifiers are determined from season-long averages in OEC play, and Pearce was third in the conference on the year with a 74.9 average. Pearce was selected all-conference, an honor that goes to the top 10 finishers.
Orange Coast won the day's match on the North course with a 360 and Cypress won the match on the South course with a 374. The Comets (389-390) finished seventh of eight teams on the North course and six on the South course to complete its OEC season at 34-36.
Other Palomar scores from Monday (North course scores listed first) were Eugene Wang at 79-75 -- 154 and Jordan Brown 86-82 -- 168. Jake Mancini withdrew from the match on the North course and shot an 82 on the Suth course.
Pearce shoots 69 again; Comets 2nd of 8 teams
CORONA (4-18-2012) -- Palomar freshman Chris Pearce (left) shot his second consecutive 3-under par 69 round and the Comets placed second out of eight teams in an Orange Empire Conference match hosted by Irvine Valley at reen River GC, carding a season's best 376 team score.
First=place Orange Coast had a 375 to hold off the Comets by one stroke. Cypress (375), Santiago Canyon (380), Riverside City College (385), cuyamaca (390) Irvine Valley (414) and Saddleback (388) trailed.
Other scores for Palomar, which is 31-25 in conference: ake Mancini (73) (finishing the final 13 holes at 3-under), Richasrd Kearns 76, Cody Ek 77, Jordan Brown 81 and Eugene Wang 81, with Wang's score being thrown out.
"Chris and Jake led the way with great rounds," coach Mark Halda said. "Chris has emerged as our best player. He's put his game together and it couldn't come at a better time. I'm also so proud of Jake."
Palomar is two match points out of third (behind Santiago Canyon) and nine behind second-place Chypress with 14 to play. Theconference tournament willbe played on Monday, April 30 at Los Serranos GC in Chinco.
The top two teams and seven additional individuals in the conference advance to Southern Cal Regionals.
Pearce wins PCAC's Athlete of the Week award
SAN DIEGO (4-16-2012) -- Palomar's Chris Pearce (left), a freshman from Temescal Canyon High School in Lake Elsinore whose 3-under 69 medaled in a weekly OEC eight-team match at El Prado GC in Chino, has been named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week for all sports.
Last Monday, Pearce became the first Comet since Sejun Yoon in 2010 to break 70. Yoon had five scores in the 60s, including a 68 in at Twin Oaks GC on April 12, before losing a card-off for the state individual title.
Yoon moved on to a pro satellite tour after his freshman season. The first Comet to break 70, shooting a 66, was Mark Wiebe both the California Community College individual champion and California Amateur champion in 1977. Wiebe went onto become one of the nation's top collegiate golfers at San Jose State, then to become a longtime player on the PGA Tour.
Palomar's Pearce medals with 3-under 69 round
CHINO (4-09-2012) -- Chris Pearce (left), a freshman from Temescal Canyon High School in Lake Elsinore, joined an elite group of Palomar golfers that includes long-time PGA Tour golfer Mark Wiebe to shoot in the 60s on Monday.
Pearce carded a 3-under par 69 at El Prado GC to take home medalist honors in a regular Orange Empire Conference eight-team match.
"Chris has put so much work into his game," Palomar coach Mark Halda said. "It's good to see it pay off."
Pearce became the first Comet since Sejun Yoon in 2010 to break 70. Yoon carded scores in the 60s five times during the season, including a 68 in a cnference match at Twin Oaks GK on April 12, before losing a card-off for the state individual title in May. A freshman out of Rancho Buena Vista High School, Yoon moved on to a professional satellite tour after the season.
Teammate Eugene Wang (rifght) shot an even-par 72 on Monday , but was unable to break par when he "missed four makeable birdies," Halda said. Trevor Robertson shot a 77, Richard Kearns 79, and Cody Ek and Coirey Rand 88s. Rand's score was thrown out.
Cypress won with a 368, followed by Orange Coast at 378, Cuyamaca 379, Palomar 385, Santiago Canyon 3l86, Irvine Valley 387, Saddleback 388 and Riverside City College 389.
Comets get a leg up at site of SoCal
GLENDORA (3-27-2012) --
Palomar's men's golf squad, along with most of the
other Southern Californbia teams, got in 18 holes
Monday at the site of this year's Southern Cal
Regionals, Glendora Country Club.
"We beat every Orange Empire Conference team except
(conference leader) Orange Coast," coach Mark Halda
said. "But the whole purpose of (Monday's) match was
to get a feel for the course that will host the
Regionals in mid-May.
"For the first time seeing this course, our squad
performed well. Being able to acquaint ourselves
with the nuances of Glendora CC will only help us
the next time."
Jordan Brown (above left) was Palomr's top scorerl
with a 76 on the par-71 layout. Trevor Robertson
(above right) and Richard Kearns sho 77s. Chris
Pearce and Cody Ek carded 78s.
Glendale won the 17-team tournament with a 360,
followedin the top five by Canyons (369), Santa
Barbara City College (370), College of the Desert
(372) and Orange Coast (378). The Comets finished
with a 386 score.
GLENDORA (3-27-2012) -- Palomar's men's golf squad, along with most of the other Southern Californbia teams, got in 18 holes Monday at the site of this year's Southern Cal Regionals, Glendora Country Club.
"We beat every Orange Empire Conference team except (conference leader) Orange Coast," coach Mark Halda said. "But the whole purpose of (Monday's) match was to get a feel for the course that will host the Regionals in mid-May.
"For the first time seeing this course, our squad performed well. Being able to acquaint ourselves with the nuances of Glendora CC will only help us the next time."
Jordan Brown (above left) was Palomr's top scorerl with a 76 on the par-71 layout. Trevor Robertson (above right) and Richard Kearns sho 77s. Chris Pearce and Cody Ek carded 78s.
Glendale won the 17-team tournament with a 360, followedin the top five by Canyons (369), Santa Barbara City College (370), College of the Desert (372) and Orange Coast (378). The Comets finished with a 386 score.
ABOVE: Palomar's Chris Pearce lines up a put on Wednesday at Twins Oaks Golf Club. He cared an even-par 72 to tie for second place in an eight-way conference match.BELOW LEFT: Cody Ek. BELOW RIGHT: Trevor Robertson. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
Pearce, Kearns and Comets get it done at home
SAN MARCOS (3-14-2012 -- Finally playing a home match, Palomar enjoyed one of its best 2012 men's golf performances on Wednesday, finishing third in an eight-way Orange Empire Conference match.
The Comets turned in a
378 score at Twin Oaks Golf Club, placing third
behind Orange Coast's 372 and Saddleback's 377.
Cypress (382), Cuyamaca (383), Santiago Canyon
(387), Riverside Community College (392) and Irvine
Valley (414) trailed.
Chris Pearce checked in with an even-par 72 to tie for second
place and Richard Kearns shot a 73 to lead Palolmar. Julian
D'Angelo shot a 77, Trevor Roberson 78 and Corey Reed 78.
Palomar evened its conference record at 14-14.
Cypress (382), Cuyamaca (383), Santiago Canyon (387), Riverside Community College (392) and Irvine Valley (414) trailed.
Chris Pearce checked in with an even-par 72 to tie for second place and Richard Kearns shot a 73 to lead Palolmar. Julian D'Angelo shot a 77, Trevor Roberson 78 and Corey Reed 78.
Palomar evened its conference record at 14-14.
PC alum, PGA vet wins Champions Tour event
CANOVER, North Carolina (6-12-201111) -- Palomar golf alumnus Mark Wiebe, won the Champion Tour's (age 50-and over) $1.75 million Greater Hickory Classic that concluded Sunday at Rock Barn.
Wiebe, son of 1970s Palomar head football coach Mack Wiebe, shot a tournament record, 19-uneder par 64-68-65 --- 197 to tie for first in the 54-hole event, then won a three-hole playoff with James Mason to capture the tournament title.
Wiebe won both the state community college individual championship and the California State Amateur title as a Palomar freshman in 1977 before going on to earn $4,289,026 in 22 years on the PGA Tour.
Robertson qualifies for Southern Cal finals
With Monday's scores combined with his regular-season scores in conference matches, Robertson qualified for the Southern California Community College Championships next Monday, May 9, at Bermuda Dunes CC in Palm Desert.
Robertson, a freshman, was named to the all-conference team.
Palomar overcomes elements, beats Riverside
SAN MARCOS (3-21-11) -- Coach Mark Halda's Palomar men's golf team got an even-par 72 from Jordan Asper to take medalist honors in windy, wet, blustery conditions on Monday to defeat Riverside Community College 393-399 at Twin Oaks GC.
The victory ups the Comets' Orange Empire Conference record to 4-3 going into a Wednesday rematch with the Tigers at the Victoria Club in Riverside.
Other scores for Palomar on Monday: Trevor Robertson 74, Christian Chang 82, Corey Rand 82 and Julian D'Angelo 83.
Robertson (72) medals; Comets debut with win
SAN MARCOS (2-28-11) -- Freshman Trevor Robertson out of El Camino High School tied for medalist honors with an even-par 72 at Twin Oaks Golf Club on Monday as Palomar opened its 2010 men's season by winning in a four-way Orange Empire Conference match.
Coach Mark Halda's Comets shot a 376 to defeat Cypress (381), Santiago Canyon (383) and Cuyamaca ;(398) to begin the season 3-0 as Robertson and Cypress' Paul Gomez tied for first.
Jake Mancini shot a 74 for Palomar, Julian DAngelo 76, Jordan Asper 76 and Chris Perry 78.
Yoon moves to satellite tour; PC has new look
SAN MARCOS (2-26-11) -- Sejun Yoon, who lost a card-off for the CCCAA individual title a year ago and had to settle for second in the state, has moved on to a satellite pro tour, and none of his teammates from a year ago are back.
So Palomar will have a new look as it begins its 2011 men's golf season on Monday by hosting the first Orange Empire Conference four-way match at Twin Oaks Golf Club in San Marcos, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The Comets, under coach Mark Halda, will play host to Cypress, Santiago Canyon and Cuyamaca, in Monday's match.
Halda has an all-freshman team made up of Jordan Asper (Mountain View High School in Bend, OR / Central Oregon Community College), Christian Chang (Scripps Ranch High School), Julian D'Angelo (Westview High Schol), Jake Mancini (Carlsbad High School), Chris Parry (Poway High School), Corey Rand (Great Oak High School in Temecula), Trevor Robertson (El Camaino High School) and Christopher Serlylo (Cirizens High School
Halda's assistant coach ios J.B. Sneve.
ABOVE: Palomar's Sejun Yoon, shown on his way to a 69 to tie for medalist honors against Orange Coast and Cuyamaca on April 21, has been named Orange Empire Conference Player of the Year as a freshman. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Yoon ties for 1st, loses state title on card-off
BEAUMONT (5-17-10) -- Palomar freshman Sejun Yoon and Santiago Canyon sophomore Conner Covington tied for first with identical 4-under par 70-70 -- 140 scores in the CCCAA California State Community College Men's Golf Championships on Monday.
But Covington won a card-off to deny Yoon the state individual title at Oak Valley Golf Club.
Last year they decided it with a playoff. This year they didn't. It is what it is," Palomar coach Mark Halda said. "Sejun played very well, especially considering he cut his finger during the week, had three stitches in his left index finger and had to change his grip for the tournament."
Yoon, a freshman from Rancho Buena Vista High School who was trying to become the third Comet to win the state individual title, finished with eight birdies and only two bogies over Monday's two rounds -- four birdies each on the first 18 holes and final 18 holes. He birdied the 557-yard, par-5 13th hole twice.
The tie-breaker was the final nine holes, with Covington playing 1-under and Yoon playing even-par. The 4-par, 355-yard 17th hole of the final round which he birdied, turned out to be the decider for Covington, who prepped at Villa Park High School.
Chabot's Dave Jensen and Ventura's Phil Miscoe finished a stroke back at 141.
West Hills College -- Lemoore campus won the team title. Yoon was the only Palomar golfer who qualified for the state finals.
FAST FACTS: The Comets' Sejun Yoon, the Orange Empire Conference Player of the Year, was attempting to become the third Comet to win the state individual title.
Mark Wiebe won at Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel in 1977 and, after moving on to San Jose State where he was one of the top golfers in NCAA Division I, played 22 years on the PGA Tour.
Scott Oxandaboure won with a 4-under 140 at North Ridge Country Club in Sacramento in 2001 and led USC to the Pac-10 championship in 2002 by placing fourth in the conference finals.
Both Wiebe, who also won the California Amateur championship in 1977, and Oxandaboure also were freshmen. Both accepted Division I scholarships following their respective freshman seasons.
State tournament next for Yoon (69-75--144)
MURRIETA (5-10-10) -- Palomar's Sejun Yoon (left) matched his second-best round of the season again, shooting a 3-under par 69 on Monday morning to begin the Southern California community college finals at The Golf Club of Rancho California. He came back with a 75 in the afternoon for an even-par 144.
The freshman from Rancho Buena Vista High moves on to the CCCAA State championships nest Monday at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont.
Yoon's Palomar teammate Scott Wyers shot an 83-76--159 on Monday and did not qualify for the state finals.
Yoon is Player of the Year; Two to regional
CHINO HILLS (5-4-10) -- Palomar's Sejun Yoon, a freshman from Rancho Buena Vista High School, was selected as Orange Empire Conference Golfer of the Year on Monday.
Yoon led OEC golfers as low scorer for the season.
On Monday, he shot a 70-73 -- 243 for 36 holes in the conference tournament at Los Serranos Golf & Country Club. Yoon and Palomar teammate Scott Wyers, who had al 77-75 --153 and also was selected all-conference due to his season performance, both advance to the Southern California Tournament next Monday at the SCGA Course in Murrieta.
Other Palomar scores Monday were Mike Magnani 74-79 -- 153, Chris Durso 76-78 -- 154, Reid Hutchinson 74-82 -- 156 and Chris LLarsen 79-79 -- 158. Palomar had a 755 team score. Orange Coast (729) won the team title, defeating Cypress in a card-off.
Yoon, Wyers tie for medalist honors with 69s
SAN MARCOS (4-21-10) -- Rain and wind wouldn't stop Palomar's Sejun Yoon and Scott Wyers (right, photo by Hugh Cox) from shooting 69s to tie for medalist honors in a three-way Orange Empire Conference match vs. Orange Coast and Cuyamaca at Twin Oaks Golf Club on Wednesday.
Orange Coast defeated Palomar by one stroke 369-370 to tie for first place in the OEC with an 11-5 record entering the conference finals at Los Serranos on Monday, May 3, at 6:30 a.m.
The Comets defeated Grossmont Cuyamaca 370-409 to finish the conference regular season 9-7.
Other scores for Palomar on Thursday were: Reid Hutchinson 76, Chris Durso 78, Chris Larsen 78 and Mike Magnani 78. One of the 78s was not use3d in determining the Comets' team total for the day..
Conference honors Yoon as Athlete of Week
SAN DIEGO (4-20-10) -- Palomar golfer Sejun Yoon (right), a freshman from Rancho Buena Vista High School, has been honored as the Men's Athlete of the Week for all sports for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
Yoon cared a 4-under par 68 at Twin Oaks Golf Club last Monday in leading the Comets to victories over Irvine Valley and Santa Ana. The Comets lost Santiago Canyon in the other match of the four-way competition.
Yoon has the lowest individual average in the Orange Empire Conference, considered the nation's toughest golf conference. The PCAC is Palomar's home conference, but the Comets have the only men's golf program among conference members, so they play golf in the OEC.
Yoon's 68 lifts Palomar into conference finals
SAN MARCOS (4-12-10) -- Sejun Yoon (left) medaled with a 4-under par 68 at Twin Oaks Golf Club on Monday, leading the way as Palomar defeated two of three Orange Empire Conference opponents to wrap up a team berth in the OEC finals. Yoon remains first in the conference on the season.
The Comets carded a 377 team score, losing to Santiago Canyon (372) but defeated Irvine Valley(397) and Santa Ana (401). Along with Yoon's68, Scott Wyers shot a 75 for the Comets (ds8-6), Chris Durso a 76, Mike Magnani 78, Chris Larsen 80 and Reid Hutchinson 80.
Wyers (right) is third in the conference on the season.
Yoon medals again with 70 in PC win
CHINO HILLS (4-7-10) -- Sejun Yoon (left), the Orange Empire Conference individual leader, took medalist honors with a two-under par 70 at Los Serranos Golf Club on Wednesday as Palomar defeated Santa Ana 368-377.
The Comets moved back into contention in the Orange Empire Conference when Riverside Community College and Santiago Canyon both lost. Palomar is one match back in the loss column and has an opportunity to tie for the conference lead entering the OEC championships, depending on two home matches next week at Twin Oaks Golf Club.
Scott Wyers shot a 71 for Palomar, Reid Hutchison 73, Mike Magnani 77 and Chris Larsen 77.
On Monday, Yoon shot a 73 in wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour in a 385-305 loss to Santiago Canyon at El Prado Golf Club in Chino.
Last week, Palomar fell to first-place Riverside 370-385 at the Victoria Club in Riverside.
Palomar wins as Yoon shoots a 1-under par 71
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA (3-29-10) -- Sejun Yoon shot a 1-under 71 on Monday at Tiejeras Creek Golf Cloub as Palomar defeated Saddleback 381-383.
The Comets moved to 5-3, good for a tie for first place in the loss column in the powerful Orange Empire Conference with Riverside Community College. Yoon also had shot a 71 last week at the Navy Golf Course at Los Alamitos NAS but the Comets fell 382-384 to Cypress.
In Monday's match, Scott Wyers shot a 74 for the Comets. Mike Magnani had a 77, Chris Larsen 79 and Chris Durso 80.
Comets turn back Irvine Valley in OEC match
IRVINE (3-16-10) -- Defending Southern California community college champion Palomar defeated Irvine Valley 378-382 on Monday at Oaks Creek Golf Club to run its Orange Empire Conference record to 4-1.
Sejun Yoon and Mike Magnani both cared 74s for Palomar. Scott Wyers and Reid Hutchinson both shot 75s. Chris Larsen had an 80.
The Comets also defeated Cypress 378-400 and Cuyamaca 378-431 in exhibition matches. Only matches vs. the host team count officially in the OEC.
Worst round of year comes at the wrong time
SANTA ANA (3-17-10) -- Palomar picked an inopportune time to shoot its worst round of the season -- by seven strokes -- on Wednesday.
The visiting Comets' problems came on the same day the Orange Coast shot its best round of the season and dropping Palomar dropped a 374-393 Orange Empire Conference match at Santa Ana Country Club.
Reid Hutchinson and Mike Magnani led the Comets, with both carding 76s. Scott Wyers shot a 77. Sejun Yoon and Chris Larsen carded 82s. OCC's Joe Doody took medalist honors with an even-par 72.
Palomar falls to 4-2 in conference. Orange Coast is 5-2.
Wyers cards 68; PC 2 shots shy of sweep
SAN MARCOS (3-1-10) -- Host Palomar's Scott Wyers took medalist honors with a 4-under par 68 as the Comets defeated Saddleback by five strokes and Cypress by 12 strokes in an Orange Empire Conference four-way men's golf match on Monday at par-72 Twin Oaks Golf Club. The Comets fell two strokes shy of Riverside Community College.
Chris Durso shot a 75, Reid Hutchinson 75, Sejun Yoon 77 and Mike Magnani 79 for the Comets (3-1). Riverside had a 373 team score, Palomar 375, Saddleback 382 and Cypress 389.
Yoon (69) leads '09 SoCal champ P'mar
EL CAJON (2-24-10) -- Sejun Yoon, a freshman from Rancho Buena Vista High School, shot a 3-under par 69 at Cottonwood Golf Club's Ivanhoe Course on Wednesday, leading defending champion Palomar to a 362-388 win over Cuyamaca in an Orange Empire Conference opener.
Also for coach Mark Halda's Comets, also the defending Southern California champions, Mike Magnani carded a 70, Adam Lechmann (73, Scott Wyers 74 ande Reid Hutchinson 76. Chris Durso's 78 was Palomar's fifth-best score of the afternon and was not used in team scoring.
The Ivanhoe Course is 6,797 yards and par 72.
Palomar begins season on Monday, Feb. 1
SAN MARCOS (1-21-10) -- Palomar will begin its first golf season under new head coach Mark Halda on Monday, Feb. 1, when the Comets begin play in the two-day Tee-Off Classic which will be hosted by Santa Ana College at Los Serranos Golf Club in Chino.
Palomar is a member of the Orange Empire Conference, considered the best community college men's golf conference in the nation, and last season won the conference championship, the Southern California community college championship and placed third in the CCCAA California State Championships.
Halda has been at Palomar since 2002, when he joined the golf coaching staff as an assistant coach. The San Diego State University graduate and ex-Aztecs starting quarterback has an SCGA Index of 3.1.
Palomar has a very successful golf history, producing two California State Community College individual champions in Mark Wiebe (1977) and Scott Oxandaboure (2001).
Wiebe went on to play for San Jose State University and played on the PGA Tour for 22 years, with total winnings of $4,289,026. Wiebe currently plays on the Champions Tour.
Oxandaboure went on to play for USC, where he placed fourth in the Pac-10 Championships in 2002 in helping lead the Trojans to the conference championship.
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