By Raymond Suarez / PCC Sports
The Pima Community College men’s and women’s golf team closed out the regular season on Tuesday as part of the Paradise Valley Invitational at the Wildfire Golf Course in Phoenix.
The Lady Aztecs struggled on the golf course for the first round but recovered to take second place with a two-day total of 762 (388-374). Mesa Community College took first place with a total of 665 (324-341).
Sophomore Desiree Hong (Sahuaro HS) took second place and finished six-strokes off of the leader. She shot an 87 on the par 71 course on Monday but came back with a five-over par 76 in the second round to finish with a 163.
Sophomore Samantha Hacker (Sahuaro HS) also had an 11-stroke improvement from her first round as she shot a 179 (95-84) to finish in eighth place. Freshman Abby Miller (Ironwood Ridge HS) placed 10th and shot a 187 (88-99) while freshman Juliana Perez (Tucson HS) finished with a 233 (118-115).
The Aztecs will compete in the NJCAA National Championship on May 15-18 at the Chateau Elan Golf Club in Duluth, GA.
See complete team and individual results from the Paradise Valley Invitational on GolfStat:
Meanwhile, the men took fourth place with a team score of 591 (291-300) at the Gainey Ranch Golf Course in Scottsdale. Mesa Community College took first place with 565 (283-282), Eastern Arizona College placed second with 571 (283-288) and South Mountain Community College was third with 577 (286-291).
The top four golfers for the Aztecs each tied for 14th place in the individual standings. Sophomore Jonah Daniels (Chaparral HS) shot an even-par for the first round and finished with a 148 (72-76). Freshman Derek Lozier (Salpointe Catholic HS) had a one-under par 71 in the first round and shot a 148 (71-77).
Freshman Colton Gage (Cienega HS) had a six-stroke improvement in his second round of play as he finished with a 148 (77-71) and freshman Cooper Cordova (Mountain View HS) struggled a bit in his second round and had a 148 (71-77).
The Aztecs look to three-peat as Region I, Division I champions as they compete in the Region I Championships at the Gold Canyon Golf Course (Sidewinder course) from April 27-30.
See complete team and individual results of the Paradise Valley Invitational on GolfStat:
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