MSJC Golf Team Qualifies for So. Cal Regionals
The Lady Eagles (17-13), on Halloween and the second and final day of the Foothill Conference Finals, had the trick pulled on them by Mt. San Antonio College (326) who finished in second place over the Mt. San Jacinto College (333). However, MSJC was fortunate to also get the treat of moving on to the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Southern California Regional as they finished the season in second place in the Foothill Conference behind Palomar College and followed by the Mounties and College Of The Desert. The Conference Final culminated a season of 10 team tournaments wherein MSJC twice posted scores better than their best score last year when they won the Conference with a 40-4 record reflecting the higher level of quality play in the Conference this year. Additionally, the Lady Eagles and Mounties in these 10 contests were separated by eight or less strokes seven times reflecting that either team was more than qualified to move on to the CCCAA Southern California Regional from one of the toughest conferences in the State this year.
Sophomore Co-Captain and International Student Ya-Ting (Tina) Yang finished the season repeating as the Foothill Conference scoring leader with a 72.8 average, which was just less than four strokes better than her nearest competitor and more than four strokes better than her average last year. Yang shot a 76 (39-37) on the final day of the Conference Finals over the 5,274 yard track at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon hosted by College Of The Desert to finish tied for 4th and will advance to the CCCAA Southern California Regional as an individual, in addition to being part of the MSJC team. Taylor Crandall,, of Palomar College, was tmeon the second day of the Conference Finals and for the Conference Finals with a 148 (75-73).
Sophomore Co-Captain Melissa Simpson finished 9th in the Foothill Conference individual standings with an 83.9 scoring average and along with Yang is advancing to the CCCAA Southern California Regional for the second consecutive year as an individual, in addition to being part of the Mt. San Jacinto College team. Simpson carded another 81 (39-42) to match her first day performance in the field of 22 women and placed 10th.
Freshman Valerie Zulueta (Paloma Valley HS) rebounded from the previous day posting an 82 to finish tied for 12th in the Conference forcing a playoff for the final spot to advance to the CCCAA Southern California Regional. Zulueta lost to Annika Nousiainen, of College of the Desert, on the first playoff hole. Zulueta’s season average was 86.6 and she finished tied for 11th place on this final day of the Conference Finals.
Freshman Vivian Shoemaker (San Jacinto HS) shot a 94 in ideal weather conditions consisting of sunny, cloudless skies, little to no wind, and a temperature in the 70’s to place tied for 15th. Shoemaker ended the Conference season in 17th place with an 89.2 scoring average.
Alexis Moss (Utah - Beaver HS) carded a 105 (59-46) to finish in 18th place in the Tournament. Her Conference scoring average was 95.1 to finish in 18th place.
Freshman Dominique Lombardi (Beaumont HS) posted a 106 (53-53) placing her 20th on the second day of Conference Finals. Her season conference scoring average was 106.1 and she finished in 20th place.
The Lady Eagles, as a team, and Yang and Simpson, as individuals, will compete in the CCCAA Southern California Regional for the second consecutive year on Monday-Tuesday, November 7-8, 2011. The Foothill Conference is hosting the Regional this year at Twin Oaks Golf Course.
Tina Yang (top) and Melissa Simpson (bottom) helped the MSJC women's golf team qualify for the So Cal Regionals next week. Along with their team both players will also participate as individuals in the tournament.