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COC men's golf wins its sixth state title

Posted: May 13, 2013 8:42 p.m.
Updated: May 13, 2013 8:42 p.m.
 

College of the Canyons golf head coach Gary Peterson still vividly remembers when his men’s golf team won its first state championship 20 years ago.

He spent the day reminiscing about it on Monday at the Rancho Canada Golf Club in Monterey, which was the exact site of COC’s 1993 state title.

And it was that very course where Canyons won another California Community College Athletic Association State Championship on Monday with a team score of 723 in the 36-hole tournament.

It marks the sixth men’s golf title in program history and the first in five years.

“I remember that first championship so well, and to be out here again with a new group of really talented golfers. ... It just was really exciting and very fulfilling to see that as a coach,” said Peterson, who is in his 31st year coaching COC.

Canyons was led by freshman Sidney Wolf and his two-round score of 3-under 139 after scores of 69 and 70. Wolf finished second place individually and one spot ahead of sophomore teammate Jake Katz, who carded a 141 (71-69).

“I just played well,” Katz said of his day. “I didn’t have any bad holes. I didn’t have any shots that were terrible or in bad spots.”

The other scoring
members for COC included Luke Kristo (146), Eric Kim (148) and Riley Hayfield (151).

As a team, Canyons shot a 356 in the opening round on Rancho Canada’s West Course, which trailed first-place Santa Rosa by five strokes.

COC fired back with a 367 on the East Course to overcome the deficit and win among the field of four teams. Orange Coast finished in second with a score of 726.

Last year, many of the same COC golfers came to the state championship as freshmen and finished tied for first with College of the Desert. In the end though, Desert walked away with the state crown after winning on a card-off.

This year’s group of mostly sophomores weren’t going to let that happen again.

“Going into the round, I really wanted redemption because I was on the team that lost in a card-off last year,” Kristo said.

Kristo has scholarship offers to play at three different NCAA Division I schools, including UC Santa Barbara, but he’s yet to commit.

Katz and Kim are both playing at Cal State Northridge next year.

Of the five of them, Wolf is the only freshman, and he plans to return next season.

This season, Canyons went 8-0 in Western State Conference matches before winning the conference championship. COC then went on to take second in the CCCAA Southern California Championship last week in Costa Mesa.

In addition to the 1993 team, which was inducted into the COC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011, the program also won state titles in 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2008.

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