The race for the Western State Conference championship between the Glendale Community College and College of the Canyons' women's golf teams has become tighter.
Glendale college entered Monday's match at Tierra Rejada Golf Club in Simi Valley with a two-match lead against the Cougars. The teams displayed why they are among the elite in arguably one of the toughest conferences in the state after what transpired in their latest 18-hole round.
Glendale and Canyons finished tied for first, but the Cougars won the tiebreaker as a result of them having the lower score among the fifth golfers. Canyons' fifth player shot an 82, compared to a 91 from Glendale's Diana Hernandez.
"We are still in first place, but I still believe we have a much better team," said Glendale Coach Greg Osbourne, whose team will hold a one-match lead entering the next conference match at 11 a.m. Monday at Brookside Golf Course No. 2 in Pasadena. "We have the best players and we should be blowing teams out.
"Had we won, then we would have been in total control."
Instead, the Vaqueros will be presented with two chances to clinch the program's first conference championship. Following the match at Brookside, the final regular-season match will take place Oct. 24 at Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos. The conference finals will be held Oct. 30-31 at a site to be determined.
On Monday, Glendale received a two-over-par 74 from Pattraporn Silawanna. Thanawan Sriratchaya carded a 75 for the Vaqueros, who got a 78 from Vicanda Ma and an 83 from Hannah Lee.
"It was a bit of a tricky course, but our top three scorers were fantastic," Osbourne said. "I thought we went out there and gave it a tremendous effort.
"It's unfortunate to lose [in a tiebreaker]. You see somebody like Thanawan, who went out there and put everything together nicely. She's gone out there and been working hard."
Glendale will be the host team in the next conference match, which was originally scheduled to take place at Oakmont Country Club. However, because of a scheduling conflict, the event got shifted to Brookside.
"We'll get out there and take a practice round, probably Wednesday," Osbourne said. "We'll try to get used to that course.
"We still control our own destiny. We want to be able to build off what we did [Monday] and throughout the season."