Vaqueros look to conquer SoCal

For the members of the Glendale Community College men's golf team, it's been about starting over.

After a historic postseason run that culminated with an appearance in the state tournament — the first in the program's history — last season, the Vaqueros began this year with a relatively new lineup.

It took most of the first half of the season for Glendale to establish momentum. After some early struggles, the Vaqueros regained their focus in time with the goal of finishing no worse than second in the competitive Western State Conference.

The Vaqueros hit their target, finishing behind College of the Canyons, and qualifying for the Southern California Regionals for the second season in a row. Glendale will take part in the seven-team event Monday at Glendora Country Club.

"It's definitely fantastic to be going back, but we are going to have to be even better to move on to state," said Glendale college Coach Greg Osbourne, whose team placed second in the regionals last season before taking seventh at the California Community College Athletic Assn. Men's Golf Championship. "We have to find a way to get through this to get back to state.

"We have a new lineup with Michael Timpson being the only one back from last season. It will be interesting to see how the new guys do. We start over fresh with the goal being to get to state as a team."

The top two teams and 18 individuals from Monday's 36-hole competition will qualify for the state tournament, which will be held May 14 at Santa Maria Country Club. Among the other teams scheduled to compete are Canyons, Ventura, College of the Desert, Orange Coast, Cypress and Santiago Canyon. The first round will begin at 7:15 a.m. and the second round will start at 12:45 p.m.

The Northern California Regionals will take place Monday at Diablo Grande Resort and Golf Club in Patterson. Chabot, which won the state championship last season, Delta, Folsom Lake, Monterey Peninsula, Reedley and Santa Rosa will compete at the northern site. The top two teams and 13 individuals from that region will advance to the state tournament.

Osbourne said Glendale will feature a lineup consisting of Timpson, Richie Maloof, Mathias Dahl, Clayton Ojeda, Nick Quintanilla and Ryan Chotivichitr, a Glendale High graduate. Timpson, a Crescenta Valley graduate, Maloof and Dahl earned all-conference honors.

Maloof, who graduated from St. Francis, said he's eager to embark on a postseason run.

"It's going to be exciting for me to participate," said Maloof, who finished with a two-round score of 148 at the conference final Monday at Marshallia Ranch Golf Course in Lompoc. "I think it's a great feeling for us to be moving on.

"We just want to keep progressing as a team and get to state. We started off slow, but things have since come together."

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