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College women's golf: Cougars lead at state

COC is three strokes up with one round left today

Posted: November 15, 2010 9:57 p.m.
Updated: November 16, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

To hear members of the College of the Canyons women’s golf team tell it, one would think they shot one of their worst rounds of the year.

“I don’t think anybody’s going to play as poorly (today) as they did (Monday),” said head coach Gary Peterson.

Considering the Cougars have a three-stroke lead at the state championship, the rest of the field could be in trouble.

College of the Canyons shot a team score of 330 during the first day of the California Community College Athletic Association Women’s Golf State Championship on Monday at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino Hills.

Defending state champion Sacramento City College shot a 333, while Irvine Valley shot a 335 and Modesto shot a 363.
The second and final day of the four-team championship begins at 10 a.m. today.

The Cougars were led by Taylor Gould’s 3-over 77, and Cindi Rohn shot an 83. Hannah Lee carded an 84 and Tiara Wells shot an 86.

Hae Yong Kim shot an 89 and Brittney Suarez shot a 94, but their scores were dropped.

Peterson said he felt his team played tight, because of both the moment and the course itself.

“All season long we’ve been playing these very comfortable rounds of golf,” he said. “All of a sudden, it was the big showdown or whatever you want to call it, and I think it’s gotten to them. The other reason is the course is easy, but it’s not in the best of shape.”

The course at Los Serranos, Peterson said, was heavily bunkered with thick roughs.

Gould was able to navigate the conditions, although she admitted she was surprised the state championship course was so choppy.

“It’s definitely not one of the nicest we’ve played,” she said. “The rough is bad grass. The fairways are kind of decent, but the rough … If you get in it, you have to hit it right.”

Gould also said she didn’t feel the pressure of the moment as much as other players.

“I basically just hit every shot and took it shot by shot and forgot about my last one,” she said. “I just kind of hit them and acted like my next one was my first one of the day.”

Gould’s score was one stroke off the low round of 76, which was recorded by Glendale’s Tammy Panich and Sacramento City College’s Kayla Riede.

College of the Canyons is trying to win its first state championship since 2007 and third overall, having won in 2001.

Peterson is confident his players will post better scores today.

“Before we teed off (Monday), because we didn’t win regionals, we knew that we would be challenged,” he said. “I suggested that they take the handcuffs off, be aggressive and stay away from big numbers, doubles and triple bogeys. I think we’ll maintain that philosophy.”

He added that it’s important the team rely on its depth.

“The key is we’re going to walk away today thinking we’re three down instead of three up,” he said. “We know we’re the deepest team out there.”

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