Date: May 10, 2010 Host: So. Cal. Regional Championship Site: The Golf Club at Rancho California (SCGA) Weather: Sunny Cool with Moderate Winds
The best 10 teams from the three Southern California conferences and the 18 qualified individuals came together to play a 36 hole match at the newly renamed Golf Club at Rancho California. At the end of the day long competition the top four teams and six individuals would move on to the California State Championships to be played at the Oak Valley Golf Club on Monday the 17th.
Mt. San Jacinto's Joey Eckles was MSJC's only representative and was playing as one of the 18 individual players with COD, Mt. SAC, and El Camino representing the Foothill Conference in the Team Competition. Joey's day started out fine he teed off on the tenth tee and completed the back nine just one over par. He got through holes one and two up an additional stroke and then hit the wall on the Par 4 387 yard third hole. With a huge drop in elevation to a narrow tree lined fairway and water in front of the green, number 3 is the most difficult hole on the course. Joey had problems with a balls out of bounds, in the trees and in the water before he finished the hole and ended up a devastating 8 over par. Joey hung on and finished the round well, but would end up with a score of 81 for the first round. Joey's second round was plagued with bogeys and he finished with a second round 81 for total of 162 for the day.
Riverside City College's Nick Paez 72-70 and Ventura's Paul Misko 71-71 would tie for first with a 142. Saddleback's Cole Fisher 72-71, COD's Paul Lim 70-73 and Santa Barbara's Albert Corral 69-74 would tie for second with a 143. In a tie for third place with a 144 was Ryan Knapp Orange Coast 73-71 and Sejun Yoon Palomar 69-75.
Santa Barbara (Western States Conference) took charge from the beginning and won the first round with a 370 and would continue on with a 374 in the second round to win the tournament. Orange Coast College (Orange Empire Conference) hung on for second place with a 372-377 total 749. Riverside City College (Orange Empire Conference) finished just four strokes behind in third place with a 374-379 total 753. Cypress College (Orange Empire Conference) finished in fourth place and was the last team to make the State Finals with a 373-382 total 755.
Foothill Conference Teams
COD would finish in 7th place with a 379-387 766, followed by Mt SAC in 8th with a 387-394 total 781 El Camino would finish in 10th with a 803
Individuals going to State Finals:
1. Paul Misko Ventura 2. Paul Lim COD 3. Sejun Yoon Palomar 4. Rich Gilkey Bakerfield 5. Conner Covington Santiago Canyon 6. Cole Fisher Glendale