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COMETS PLACE 3RD IN NEUTRAL SITE PCAC 5-TEAM MEN'S GOLF MATCH

BANNING (4-17-2017) -- Palomar placed third in a five-team Pacific Coast Athletic Conference neutral-site men's golf match on Monday on a 6,812-yard, par-72 course at Sun Lakes Golf Course.

For the Comets, Jaime Sanz shot a 76, Tyler Cress 78, Max Wittmack 79, Mitch Cannon 80 and Brad Cain 86. Patrick Gorman was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.

COD won the match with a 386, followed by Mt. San Jacinto 397, Palomar 399, El Camino College 406 and Cuyamaca 423.

The Comets (24-12 in the PCAC) remain in second place in team standings, one matrch ahead of Mt. San Jac. COD remains in first place.

PC GOLFERS LEAD EARLY, PLACE 2ND IN PCAC MATCH AS WITTMACK SHOOTS A 74 SCORE

LONG BEACH (3-06-2017) -- Palomar led in the early going and wound up finishing second in a five-team Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's golf match hosted by El Camino College on Monday at El Dorado GC.

College of the Desert edged the Comets for first place 376-379, followed by Mt. San Jacinto (384), Cuyamaca (396) and El Camino (408).

The Comets' Max Wittmack carded a 74 to place third behind medalist Gauthier Adams from COD, who had a 1-under 71 score.

Palomar's other scores Monday were a 75 by Grant Everson, 76 by Jaime Sanz, 76 by Ben Smith and 77 by Mitch Cannon for the throw-out score.

On Wednesday, the Comets played in a conference neutral site match at Rancho Bernardo Inn and Country Club, finishing third in the 5-team field.

Mt. San Jacinto won with a 381, followed by COD (385) in second, the Comets (393), Cuyamaca (404) and El Camino (436).

PC GOLFERS PLACE SEVENTH IN THE RAIN AT RIVERSIDE TOURNAMENT

RIVERSIDE (2-27-2007) -- Playing in a day-long rain Monday at the historic Victoria Club, which was founded in 1893 and moved to its current location in 1903, Palomar's men's golf team placed seventh out of 11 teams in the Riverside City College Invitational.

Tyler Cress was low scorer for the Comets with a 2-over-par 74 on the 6,483-yard course. Mitch Cannon shot 75, Max Wittmack 76, Grant Everson 80, Patrick Gorman 86 and Brad Cain 88 for the throw-out score.

Host Riverside City College won the team championship with a 370, followed by Orange Coast in second place at 378.

Reedley was third at 380, Cypress and Mt. San Jacinto tied for fourth at 389, Irvine Valley sixth at 390, the Comets in seventh with a 391, College of the Desert in eighth at 393, Saddleback and Cuyamaca tied for ninth at 396 and Mt. SAC 11th at 412.

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2017 Season ...

Comets place 1st on 6th-man tie-breaker

EL CAJON (4-12-2017) -- Palomar won a 5-team Pacific Coast Conference men's golf match on Wednesday at Sycuan Golf Course, deadlocking with conference leader College of the Desert but placing first via the sixth-man tie-breaker.

Coach Mark Halda's Comets, who took over undisputed second place with the first-place finish, and COD each finished with 382 scores. Mt. San Jacinto placed third with a 392, followed by host team Cuyamaca at 399 and El Camino College at 401.

Jaime Sanz had the low score for Palomar on the 6,594-yared, par-72 course, shooting a 74, Thyler Cress carded a 76, Mitch Cannon 76, Max Wittmack 78, Brad Cain 78 and Patrick Gorman an 82 compared to 83 for COD's sixth man and handing the team victory to the Comets.

Gorman's even-par 72 gets PC 2nd place

RANCHO MIRAGE (4-10-2017) -- Patrick Gorman's even-par 72 lifted Palomar to a second-place finish in a five-team Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's golf match hosted by conference leader College of the Desert over a 6,716-yard course at Desert Island Country Club on Monday.

COD won the match with a 369 score.

Palomar's 376 got the Comets the second place and moved them back into a second-place tie with Mt. San Jacinto, which was third at 382. Cuyamaca (405) and El Camino College (407) trailed.

Jaime Sanz, Mitch Cannon,Tyler Cress and Max Wittmack all shot 76 scores for Palomar. Brad Cain had an 80 for the throw-out score.

Comets' Cannon is honored by conference

SAN DIEGO (4-03-2017) -- Palomar golfer Mitch Cannon (left) has been selected as Men's Athlete of the Week for the week that concluded Sunday by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Cannon, a sophomore from Mission Hills High School, carded a 3-under par 69 at the Comets' home course at Twin Oaks Golf Club to take medalist honors in a five-team conference tournament.

He won the tournament by one stroke as the Comets finished second as a team behind Mt. San Jacinto.

Palomar slipped one spot into third place in the conference, one match behind Mt. San Jac. The two teams were tied for second place going into the match, behind the first-place team, College of the Desert. COD finished third in the match.

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's Mitch Cannon sinks a short putt on the seventh hole at Twin Oaks GC on Wednesday. Cannon took medalist honors with a 3-under 69 in a five-way Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Tyler Cress follows through. He was the Comets' second-low scorer with a 74. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Comets' Cannon medals with 3-under 69

SAN MARCOS (3-29-2017) -- Playing on his home course at Twin Oaks Golf Club, Palomar sophomore Mitch Cannon took medalist honors with a 3-under 72 in a 5-way Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match hosted by the Comets on Wednesday.

Cannon edged Matthew Schmidt from College of the Desert, who shot a 70, by one stroke.

The other scorers for Palomar were Tyler Cress with a 74, Jaime Sanz 77, Brad Cain 81, Max Wittmack 81 and Parick Gorman 84.

Mt. San Jacinto's 369 team score gave the Eagles first place by 13 strokes over Palomar, which was second with a 382 to go 4-1 against its conference opponents on the day. COD (383), El Camino College (387) and Cuyamaca (404) followed in order.

On the season, COD is alone in first place with a 23-5 record, followed by Mt. San Jac (20-8), Palomar in third place (19-9), Cuyamaca (7-21) and El Camino (1-27).

Comets win 5-way at Gary Player Course

RANCHO MIRAGE  (3-23-2017) -- Jaime Sanz and Brad Cain (left) shot 75s on Wednesday as Palomar won a five-way Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's golf tournament at the Gary Player Signature Course at Westin Mission Hills GC.

The Comets went 4-0 against the other conference teams with a 379 score, followed by COD at 381, Mt. San Jacinto at 382, Cuyamaca at 389 and El Camino College at 391.

Tyler Cress and Patrick Gorman shot 76s for Palomar.

Mitch Cannon carded a 77 and Ben Smith had a 90 for the throw-out score.

Host PC 9th among all 19 SoCal teams

OCEANSIDE (3-21-2017) -- Palomar hosted the biggest in-season community college men's golf tournament in decades, placing ninth in a field that included all 19 Southern California teams on Monday at El Camino Country Club.

The Comets finished right in the middle of the pack with a 404 team score, good for ninth place, at the Southern California Invitational. Coach Mark Halda's squad went 3-1 vs. other Pacific Coast Conference teams in the tournament, which also counted as a PCAC match.

Saddleback's Austin Briggs won with a 1-under 71 on the 6,840-yard course to take medalist honors. For the Comets, Jaime Sanz shot 78, Mitch Cannon 81, Max Wittmack 81, Brad Cain 82, Ben Smith 82 and Tyler Cress 83 for the throw-out score.

Saddleback won the tournament with a 377, followed by Orange Coast at 378, Riverside City College 380, Ventura 383, Cypress 385, Santa Barbara City College 391, Citrus 394, COD 396, College of the Canyons 400, the Comets at 404, Cuyamaca 408, Mt. San Jacinto 411, Irvine Valley 418, El Camino College 419, Mt. SAC 424, Glendale 425, Bakersfield 478, Victor Valley 487 and Antelope valley 496.

Palomar finishes in middle of the pack

SAN JACINTO  (3-15-17) -- The Palomar men's team finished in the middle of the pack in Wednesday's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match at Saboba Springs Golf Club.

The Comets placed third in the five-team field, going 2-2 against the other teams in the conference.

Host Mt. San Jacinto won with a 368, followed by second-place COD at 383, the Comets with a 386, Cuyamaca 389 and El Camino College 406.

For Palomar, Brad Cain (left) shot 74, Tyler Cress 76, Jaime Sanz 77, Mitch Cannon 79, Ben Smith 80 and Max Wittmack 84 for the throw-out score.

The Comets are now 35-18 on the season and 9-7 in the PCAC.

Comets go 2-2 at famed Torrey Pines North

SAN DIEGO (2-22-2017) -- Playing on the Torrey Pines Golf Club North Course that hosted some of the best players in the world during the Farmers Insurance Open on January 26-29, Palomar finished fourth in a five-team Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Neutral Site match Wednesday.

College of the Desert won with a 376 total (going 4-0), followed by Mt. San Jacinto (384, 3-1), the Comets (387, 2-2), Cuyamaca (398, 1-3) and El Camino College (416, 0-4).

"It was a privilege to play Torrey," said Palomar coach Mark Halda.

"We have to find a way to squeeze a couple strokes off each player;s round in order to compete for the conference championship," Halda added. "We need each player to shoot 75 or better. Do that and we have a chance to be a solid team. We're close, but we need to take that next step."

COD's Vincent Brunet and COD's Gauthier Adams shot even-par 72 scores to tie for medalist honors on the 6,781-yard course.

For Palomar, Tyler Cress (left) carded a 75. Max Wittmack, Patrick Gorman, Brad Cain and Grant Everson all shot 78s. Ben Smith had an 85 for the throw-out score.

PC 4th of 11 teams; Smith (71) ties for 2nd

SAN JACINTO (2-15-2017) -- Ben Smith (left) carded a one-under par 71 to tie for second place in his second collegiate match on Wednesday as Palomar finished fourth out of 11 teams in the Eagle Golf Classic. Mt. San Jacinto hosted the tournament at Saboba Springs GC.

All six Comets scored in the 70s as Palomar went 11-3 on the day. Smith is a redshirt freshman from Classical Academy in Escondido.

Riverside City College won with a 367 score, with Orange Coast second at 372 and Ventura third at 373. The Comets had a 379 score in finishing fourth.

Also for Palomar, Max Wittmack and Grant Everson each scored 76s. Brad Cain and Jaime Sanz each checked in with a 78. Patrick Gorman had the throw-out score, a 79.

Ventura's Brandon Resnick took medalist honors with a 69.

Comets finish 4th and 6th in 1st 2 matches

SAN MARCOS (2-14-2017) -- The Palomar 2017 men's golf team is looking to return to its longtime position of prominence among Southern California community college teams after finishing fifth in the CCCAA Southern California Regional Championship Tournament a year ago and missing a trip to the state Final Four.

Coach Mark Halda's squad opened its 2017 season by placing fourth out of 12 teams in the Santa Barbara City College Point Conception Open at La Purisima GC in Lompoc. Mt. San Jacinto won the team title with a 762 two-day score over 36 holes. Cypress placed second at 764, followed by host Santa Barbara (767) and the third-place Comets, who matched fourth-place Ventura's 787 score but finished ahead of the Pirates with a lower sixth-man score.

The Comets went 8-3 against its tournament opponents.

Brad Cain (left), a sophomore from Fallbrook High School and a returnee from last season's squad, had Palomar's low score, 77-74 -- 151. Pat Gorman (76-80 -- 156), Max Wittmack (82-74 -- 156), Tyler Cress (83-79 -- 162) and Grant Eversion (81-83 -- 164) trailed. Mitch Cannon had the throw-out score, 84-61 -- 165.

The Comets then placed sixth, going 8-3 against its opponents, in a 13-team field in the Tee-Off Classic hosted by Orange Coast at Los Serranos GC North Course in Chino Hills. Palomar finished with a 385 score on the 6,698-yard, par 72 layout. Orange Coast won with a 364, followed by Riverside City College (366) and Cypress (382).

For the Comets, Everson (right), a freshman out of Verizon Christian, had the low score of 73, Cain and Wittmack carded 76 scores. Cress checked in at 79, Gorman shot 81 and Cannon had the throw-out score, an 82.

2017 Schedule and Results

Date

Match

Site

Time / Result

Sun-Mon Jan 29-30

Santa Barbara City College Point Conception Open

Los Serranos GC, Chino Hills

4th of 12 teams

Wed Feb 1 Orange Empire Tee-Off Classic Los Serranos GC, Chino Hills 6th of 13 teams

Wed Feb 15

Eagle Golf Classic hosted by Mt. San Jacinto

Saboba Springs GC, San Jacinto

4th of 11 teams

Wed Feb 22

PCAC Neutral Tournament

Torrey Pines GC, La Jolla

3rd of 5 teams

Mon Feb 27

Riverside CC Invitational

Victoria Club, Riverside

7th of 11 teams

Mon Mar 6

PCAC Match hosted by El Camino

El Dorado CC, Long Beach 2nd of 5 teams

Wed Mar 8

PCAC Neutral Tournament Rancho Bernardo Inn, San
Diego
3rd of 5 teams

Wed Mar 15

PCAC Match hosted by Mt. San Jacinto

Saboba Springs GC, San Jacinto

3rd of 5 teams

Mon Mar 20

SoCal Invitational

El Camino CC, Oceanside

9th of 19 teams

Wed Mar 22

PCAC Neutral Tournament

Gary Player Signature Course, Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort, Rancho Mirage

1ST OF 5 TEAMS

Wed Mar 29

PCAC Match hosted by Palomar

Twin Oaks GC

2nd of 5 teams

Mon Apr 10

PCAC Match hosted by COD

Desert Island GC, Rancho Mirage

2nd of 5 teams

Wed Apr 12

PCAC Match hosted by Cuyamaca

Sycuan GC, El Cajon

1ST OF 5 TEAMS

Mon Apr 17

PCAC Neutral Tournament

Sun Lakes CC, Banning

3rd of 5 teams
Wed Apr 19 PCAC Neutral Tournament El Camino CC,Oceanside 11 a.m.

Mon Apr 24

PCAC Championship Tournament

El Camino CC, Oceanside

7 a.m.

Mon May 9

CCCAA Southern California Regional Championship (PCAC host)

Cypress Ridge GC, Arroyo Grande

7 a.m.

2017 Roster

Name

Yr

High School / Previous College

Brad Cain

So

Fallbrook (Fallbrook, CA)

Mitch Cannon

So

Mission Hills (San Marcos, CA)

Tyler Cress

So

El Camino (Oceanside, CA)

Grant Everson

Fr

Horizon Christian Academy (San Diego, CA)
Pat Gorman Fr Hemet (Hemet, CA) / Cal State San Marcos
Richard Jeppesen Fr Clear Falls (Clear Lake, Texas)
Jaime Sanz

So

Teresiano Del Pilar (Zaragosa, Spain)

Ben Smith

Fr Classical Academy (Escondido, CA)
Max Wittmack So La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, CA)

Allen Yu

Fr Torrey Pines (San Diego, CA)

Andrew Zier

Fr

Mission Hills (San Marcos, CA)

In Memoriam ...

Longtime Palomar coach Lusky dies at 77

SAN MARCOS (1-07-2015) -- Onetime Palomar athletic director Bob Lusky, an assistant football coach for the Comets from 1970 through 1989 and head men's golf coach from 1975-2002, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 at his home in Escondido after a long battle with heart problems. He was 77.

Lusky coached the Comets' offensive line for seven seasons under head coach Mack Wiebe, for six seasons under Mario Mendez and for six seasons under Tom Craft. He finished his football coaching career in 1989 as a special teams coach for Craft.

His Palomar golf teams won 10 conference championships, had 10 second-place conference finishes and captured two Southern California team titles. Lusky coached the Comets to three top-three team finishes in the state.

Lusky developed two state community college individual champions, Mark Wiebe in 1977 and Scott Oxandaboure in 2001. Wiebe also won the California State Amatuer title in 1977, went on to become a first-team All-American at San Jose State in 1979 and spent 22 years playing on the PGA Tour. He currently plays on the Champions Tour.

Oxandaboure went on to play for USC, placing fourth in the 2004 Pac-10 Championships and helped the Trojans to the team title by 15-strokes over runner-up Stanford. Both Wiebe and Oxandaboure have been inducted into the Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame.

Lusky, born on June 24, 1937 in Cleveland, Ohio, was the only child of Frank and Dorothy Lusky. The family moved to Chula Vista when he was 11. He was a bat boy for the Pacific Coast League Padres and was an All-Metro League football and baseball player at Chula Vista High School.

Lusky pitched for San Diego State's baseball teams that won conference championships in the California Collegiate Athletic Association in 1957, 1958 and 1959. He led the '58 team in strikeouts as the Aztecs captured the NAIA World Series title with a victory over Southwest Oklahoma at Alpine, Texas. It remains the only SDSU team to win a national championship in baseball. The team was inducted into the Aztec Hall of Fame in 2011.

Lusky earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from San Diego State and, after one season as the Aztecs' head freshman baseball coach in 1961, Lusky began his teaching and coaching career at Antelope Valley High School, coached football and baseball at Mar Vista High School and coached football and swimming at Hilltop High.

He accepted a teaching position at Palomar in 1974 in the Department of Health and Physical Education (now the Kinesiology Department). Lusky was Palomar's Athletic Director before retiring in 1998. He stayed on as men's golf coach through 2002.

Lusky is survived by his wife Betty, his high school sweetheart, and by sons and spouses Brad (Darla), a former Palomar basketball player, and Bryan (Ceci) and by grandchildren Jillian, Allison, Blake, Hunter, Brock and Katrina.

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