Three Vaqueros advance to state

[Editor's Note: After the Glendale News-Press had gone to print, it was learned that Glendale college Coach Greg Osbourne appealed to get Michael Timpson into the state round and the change was approved. What follows is an updated version.]

While the Glendale Community College men's golf team didn't advance to the state tournament as a unit, it will still have representation in the event.

The Vaqueros were not able to advance after finishing third Monday in the Southern California Regionals with a 746. However, Glendale freshmen Richie Maloof and Mathias Dahl and sophomore Michael Timpson will advance as individuals to the California Community College Athletic Assn. Men's Golf Championship, which will take place Monday at Santa Maria Country Club.

Maloof, a St. Francis High graduate, finished with a two-round score of 146 to finish tied for sixth. Dahl, a native of Sweden, fired a two-round score of 148 to tie for eighth in the 36-hole competition.

Maloof, who opened with an even-par 72 on his first round before posting a 74 in the second round, said he needed to battle to advance.

"It was a grind for me all day," Maloof said. "My first round was one of my better rounds and I've been able to progress throughout the season.

"I had 10 birdies on the day. It's a great feeling to be going to state."

Dahl began with a 76 before closing out with a 72.

Dahl gained momentum during parts of his second round, propelling him to next week.

"I played better on the back nine in both rounds," said Dahl, who finished with seven birdies and 19 pars. "I had some bad break on the front 18, so I had to try my best to make up for it on the back 18.

"I didn't putt too well, but I hit some greens."

College of the Canyons shot a 722 to finish first, followed by College of the Desert (734). The top two teams and top 18 individuals advanced to state. They will be joined by Chabot and Santa Rosa, along with the top 13 individuals from the Northern California Regionals, which were held Monday at Diablo Grande Resort and Golf Club in Patterson. Chabot captured the state championship last season.

Glendale, which finished second in the Western State Conference behind Canyons, received a 148 from Michael Timpson. Timpson, a Crescenta Valley High graduate, appeared to be out of the running to advance to state after he initially appeared to lose in a card-off by virtue of shooting four-over on the back nine during the second round.

Glendale college Coach Greg Osbourne appealed to the tournament director that Timpson's score should also qualify him for state. The appeal was granted, allowing Timpson to advance. Timpson finished the first round with a 72 and then a 76.

The Vaqueros also got a 153 from Clayton Ojeda and 154 from Nick Quintanilla. 

Glendale entered the second round in third place with a 368 behind Canyons (363) and College of the Desert (364).

Osbourne, whose team advanced to state last season for the first time in the program's history, said the Vaqueros couldn't inch closer to their goal of finishing with a top-two spot.

"Everybody played pretty good for us, but we didn't score on the holes where we needed to score," Osbourne said. "They tried as hard as they could and I'm proud of the way we played.

"Richie and Mathias were psyched to move to state. We got some representation, but I feel bad for Michael. It's tough for him."

Malcolm Kokocinsky of Desert finished with a 140 to win the tournament.

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