College golf: Santa Rosa JC advances to state finals

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

A long day of golf ended well for Santa Rosa Junior College with the men’s team advancing to the state finals. Santa Rosa on Monday finished second at the 2013 California Community College Athletic Association Men’s Golf NorCal Championships.

Now the Bear Cubs are among the four teams playing in Monday’s state championships.

The NorCal finals were a challenge. The region’s top five teams played 36 holes Monday at Diablo Grande Resort and Golf Club in Patterson.

Chabot was in command from the start. In the battle for second, Santa Rosa led by one shot after the first round and stretched that to nine when play concluded.

Pacing the Bear Cubs was Travis Evans, from Eureka High. Corey Ghiringhelli, from Casa Grande, and Zachary Sims, out of Napa, tied for second-lowest score.

The CCCAA championships will be played at Rancho Cañada Golf Club, in Carmel.

SSU WOMEN MOVING UP

With one round to go, Sonoma State is making a run to reach the women’s golf national championships at the NCAA Division II West Super Regional.

Shooting with the best in the nine-team field during Monday’s second round, Sonoma State is in fourth place overall. The top three teams and top trio of players not from qualifying squads advance to the national tournament.

Sonoma State ended the first round in fifth place. The Seawolves moved up a spot despite shooting five strokes higher in the second round.

The Seawolves are paced by Spencer Heller, who tied for the second-lowest round Monday at Tiara Rado Golf Course, in Grand Junction, Colo. Heller’s two-round total also places her second overall with five other players.

Sonoma State first-round low scorer Elisse Van Deusen, a senior from El Dorado, is three strokes behind Heller, a senior from Turlock.

The third and final round is today.

A long shot coming into the super regional, ninth-seeded Sonoma State is playing its best golf when the results count the most.

The Sonoma State women are making their fifth appearance at regionals in the program’s six-year history. The best finishes are third at regionals and fifth at nationals.

SSU MEN IN REGIONALS

The Sonoma State men need to raise their game for the Seawolves to reach another NCAA Division II golf championship tournament.

A rough opening round at The Home Course in Dupont, Wash., has Sonoma State in 17th place in the 20-team field at the combined West/South Central Regional. The top five teams overall and two individuals on other squads advance to the national tournament.

The second round is today with the final day of play Wednesday.

Leading the Seawolves in the first round were Steven Warne and Eric Ash, with each shooting a 2-over-par 74. Warne, from El Molino High, is Sonoma State’s lone senior. Ash is a sophomore from Loomis.

Monday’s play was not how Sonoma State expected to open the tournament. The Seawolves are seeded sixth among the 10 teams out of the West yet finished last among those squads in the first round.

Sonoma State is making its seventh regionals appearance in the past eight seasons, winning it in 2008. A perennial national finals participant, the Seawolves won the NCAA Division II title in 2009.

You can reach Staff Writer Michael Coit at 521-5470 or mike.coit@pressdemocrat.com.

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