Wrapping up 2018 Season

Putting a wrap on the 2018 CC Men's Golf Season gives me the instant feedback that winter and mud season are over here in Maine where I sit whilst posting data. So it's off to the golf course for me, finally, as well. I trust you will have a healthy summer and fall. Finish up your college classes with high marks so you can return next season or move onward in your college and/or golfing careers.

I noted that the two medalists at the SoCals and State Championships hailed from Australia. Jones Comerford (College of the Canyons) and Adam Nelson (Reedley College) are country mates or perhaps simply mates from the land down under. Congratulations to each of them and congratulations to Community College Men's Golf for drawing such fine golfers to our level of competition.

Good health to one and all! Hit 'em straight and keep it in the short grass.

Until the 2019 season, when I'll "see" you again, I remain an avid supporter of Cal Community College Men's Golf.

Cypress 2018 State Champs - by Jerry Hannula

GOLETA, CA – Cypress College captured its first men’s golf state title in school history on Monday as the Chargers led from start to finish at the CCCAA State Championship being played on the picturesque Sandpiper Golf Club course.

Cypress took a 15 stroke lead following the morning round and turned it into an 18 stroke win as the Chargers ran away from the field on a sunny but breezy day along the Central Coast. 

“We had a little something to prove this year,” said Cypress head coach Dana Bedard.  “People didn’t really remember us from last year so we didn’t want to come in second again.”

The Chargers, who finished second at last year’s state championship to College of the Canyons, turned the tables this year.  Cypress posted a 36-hole team score of 736 (362-374) to easily get past College of the Canyons at 754 (381-373) while Orange Coast College (378-382) won a tiebreaker over Reedley College (380-380) when both teams finished the day with a team score of 760.

“It took a total team effort to win this thing.  It’s been a long time coming,” Bedard added, wrapping up his 19
th season on a high note.

Cypress was one of only two teams entered in the state championship which had never captured the title.  Sierra College of Rocklin was the other team.  The Wolverines placed eighth with a team score of 811.

After the morning rounds, Cypress held a 16-stroke lead over Orange Coast College, an 18-stroke lead over Reedley and Chabot colleges, and a 19-stroke lead over Canyons.  Sophomores George Bris and Matt Rafter sparked the morning surge as Bris carded a 3-under-par 69 and Rafter added a 2-under-par 70.  The afternoon winds created some concerns among the coaches, but Andrew Thomson posted an even-par 72 in the afternoon with Rafter adding a 73.

College of the Canyons tried to make a comeback as Clay Kucera shot a 73 in the afternoon with Jones Comerford adding a 74 and both Corey Haase and Michael Lingren adding 75’s.  Orange Coast’s team score was saved when Taka Inoue came in at 1-under-par 71.  Reedley’s Adam Nelson led the Tigers with an even-par 72 in the afternoon.

Reedley’s Nelson (141) would capture individual state medalist honors as he posted a 69 in the morning round before the even-par afternoon round.  Cypress’ Rafter would earn individual runner-up honors with a 143 total while teammates Bris (144) and Thomson (146) would finish third and fourth, respectively.  Denis Kakimoto of Ventura would win a tie-breaker in a card-off over Canyon’s Kucera for fifth place when they both ended up with 147’s.  Kakimoto posted rounds of 72 and 75 while Kucera had rounds of 74 and 73.  These top six medalists each earned all-state honors.

All-State Selections
Adam Nelson, Reedley College                  141
Matt Rafter, Cypress College                      143
George Bris, Cypress College                      144
Andrew Thomson, Cypress College         146
Denis Kakimoto, Ventura College             147
Clay Kucera, College of the Canyons        147

From Jerry Hannula, CCCSIA Men's Golf Rep/statistician, Saddleback College


Men’s Golf Title to Be Decided in Goleta on Monday

GOLETA, CA - The 2018 CCCAA Men's Golf State Championship will be held on Monday (May 14) at the Sandpiper Golf Club in Goleta, providing a picturesque and challenging course to wrap up the season.

Dubbed as the "Pebble Beach of Southern California" by some, the Sandpiper course layout teeters on the edge of the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean just north of Santa Barbara.  It provides an ideal course on sunny days when the winds are calm.  However, the 60 players invited to the one-day, 36-hole CCCAA State Championship could face difficult conditions if the ocean breeze turns into gusty winds, clear skies turn foggy, or the gravitational pull which tends to entice golf balls toward the ocean takes an upper hand.

There are 15 returners from last year's CCCAA State Championship event, including five of the top 20 finishers from a year ago.  Michael Lindgren of College of the Canyons is the top returner, placing fifth overall last season to earn all-state honors.  He finished 5-over-par during the 36-hole CCCAA Southern California Regional this past Monday at the Bakersfield Country Club course.  Zack McClure of Chabot College finished 10th a year ago and finished 8-over-par at the Dragonfly Golf Club on Monday during the CCCAA Northern California Regional event in Madera.

Cypress College's Matt Rafter posted a 1-over-par 145 in this week's Southern Regional to place third in the field while Ventura College's Denis Kakimoto was 4-over at 148 and placed fifth.  Riverside City College's Michael Herrera shot a 7-over 151 at the Southern Regional this week.  All three return for their second shot at a state title this season after finishing 14th, 16th, and 17th, respectively, at the state championship event a year ago.

The experienced sophomores are spread out evenly throughout the field with the exception of Kakimoto's group.  He will be joined on the tee by Blake Bourelle of Taft College and Kieran Blundell of Mt. San Jacinto College in the second group to tee off.  Bourelle captured this week's Northern Regional title with a 4-under-par day (142) on the Dragonfly course while Blundell posted a 3-over-par 147 to finish fourth at the Southern Regional on the Bakersfield course.

The team competition appears to have defending state champion College of the Canyons as the favorite to repeat this year.  The Cougars have eight state titles to their credit, including four of the past 10 state titles.  Jones Comerford leads the team and was the only golfer at the Southern Regional to finish the day in the red, posting a 1-under-par total of 143.  Canyons will get a good challenge again this year from Cypress College as the Chargers finished as state runners-up a year ago and finished second to Canyons at this week's Southern Regional by 11 strokes.  The Chargers are one of two teams in this year's event to have never won the state title.  Riverside placed fourth at last year's state championship and will have to be playing at the top of its game to challenge for this year's title.  The Tigers' only state title came in 2014.  Also representing the south will be Orange Coast College.  The Pirates captured the Orange Empire Conference title over both Cypress and Riverside but their only state title came in 1958.  Orange Coast will be looking to celebrate the 60th anniversary of that state title by challenging for this year's title.

Reedley College captured this week's Northern Regional title by two strokes over both Monterey Peninsula College and Chabot College and will be one of the teams also giving chase.  The Tigers captured the 2016 state title and finished seventh at last year's state championship.  Reedley's Adam Nelson was the Northern Regional runner-up this week with a 3-under-par 143.  Chabot placed sixth at last year's state championship and has two state titles to its credit, the last one coming in 2011.  Sophomores Jacob Malone (148) and Heetae Yang (150) led the Gladiators at the Northern Regional and get a second crack at a state championship event after finishing in the bottom 10 at last year's state championship.  Monterey Peninsula has captured three state titles, the last one coming in 1987.  Grayson Stapleton posted a 143 at the regional to pace Monterey.  Sierra College, which won a tie-breaker with Taft College by one stroke in order to qualify for this year's state championship event, is the only other college which does not have a state men's golf title to its credit.  Sam King led the Wolverines during the Northern Regional with a 3-over-par 149. 

Tee times for Monday’s state championship event will begin at 7:30 a.m. for the morning rounds and approximately 1:00 p.m. for the afternoon rounds with the awards ceremony scheduled for 5:30 p.m.  Galleries are welcome to walk the course but must remain on the cart paths.

2018 State Championships

The concluding steps of the 2018 California Community College Men's Golf Season will occur May 14, 2018 at Sandpiper Golf Club in Santa Barbara. Eight teams will compete in the one day 36-hole competition that is as much a test of endurance, both physical and psychological, as it is a test of golfing skills and course management.

The four teams, who qualified at the SoCals, competing are: College of the Canyons (COC), Cypress, Orange Coast, and Riverside City. Canyons (COC) won this event in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2008, 2006, 2002, 2000, and 1993. Riverside City won in 2014. Orange Coast won this event in 1958.

The four teams, who qualified at the NorCals, competing are: Reedley, Monterey Peninsula, Chabot, Sierra. Reedley won this event in 2016. Chabot won in 2011 and 1975. Monterey Peninsula won in 1987, 1978, and 1976.

The field is chock full of teams who have State Championship pedigree and the winner will be determined on a course that is described as "An inspiring combination of challenge and beauty that brings championship golf to the edge of the Pacific Ocean."

SoCal Regional Results Posted

I've posted the TEAM & INDIVIDUAL results for the SoCal Regional Championships hosted at Bakersfield CC.

NorCal Regional Results Posted

I've posted the TEAM results for the NorCal Regional Championships hosted at Dragonfly GC in Fresno.

Regional Championships 2018

The SoCal Regional Championships (SoCals) will be held at Bakersfield CC with the following teams competing: Alan Hancock, Canyons (COC), Cypress, Desert (COD), Palomar, Riverside City, & Santa Barbara City, & Ventura. Qualifying individuals from the following teams will be competing in the Individual Medalists portion of the Championships as well: Antelope Valley, Bakersfield, El Camino, Glendale, Mt San Antonio, Mt San Jacinto, & Saddleback.

The NorCal Regional Championships (NorCals) will be held at Dragonfly GC with the following teams competing: American River, Chabot, Folsom Lake, Monterey Peninsula, Reedley, Sierra, & Taft. Qualifying individuals from the following teams will be competing in the Individual Medalists portion of the Championships as well: Fresno City, Modesto, Napa Valley, San Joaquin Delta, San Jose City, Santa Rosa, & West Hills Lemore.

FINAL TEAM Rankings 2018 Regular Season & Post Season Conference Play

With the conclusion of the Conference Finals, this is the 8th and Final TEAM Rankings for 2018. The stage is now set for the top tier teams to compete head to head at a "neutral site" in the 2018 SoCal Championships. The host site in 2018 is BAKERSFIELD CC (BCC) a historic site in the SoCal Championships as well as in SoCal golf. This is the second time BCC has hosted the SoCal Championships since I began keeping records in 1993. BCC also has hosted the California State Championships three times in the past. It will be a great test of patience, strategy, and endurance for these fine players.

Will the eventual winner be one of the top three teams who are closely bunched together or will one of the other teams raise their games to the level of Southern California Community College Men's Golf Champion in 2018?

It is going to be exciting!!!