During the past three seasons, the Glendale Community College men’s golf team has enjoyed its share of success participating in the Tee-Off Classic.
The Vaqueros captured the two-day event last season after winning it in 2010 at Los Serranos Country Club. With those accomplishments documented, Glendale entered this season with virtually a new team. And it was one that had little knowledge about the Chino Hills-based course.
Glendale finished third in the 14-team tournament Wednesday, shooting a 760.
“I’m very disappointed from the standpoint that we weren’t able to get in a practice round because hardly any of our guys have played here before,” Glendale Coach Greg Osbourne said. “We were not able to get in a practice round last week because we were competing in the Bakersfield Invitational.
“Had we had a practice round, I think we could have done better. Practice rounds are vital and important. It’s the first time where we haven’t won or finished second in this tournament and I think this is the best team we’ve had.”
Orange Coast Community won the event with a two-round score of 741, followed by Santiago Canyon (742).
The Vaqueros received a four-over-par 78 from Win Kyaw on the South Course on Wednesday to finish with a two-round score of 149. He recorded a one-under-par 71 on Monday on the North Course. Teammate Clayton Ojeda finished with a 76 on the South Course on Wednesday and finished with a two-round tally of 151.
Tavit Garabedian of Glendale notched a 74 on the South Course on Wednesday to finish at 153. Ryan Miranda, a St. Francis High graduate, finished with a 75 on the North Course on Wednesday to register a 151. Glendale’s Derrik Hubbard recorded a 78 on Wednesday on the North Course to finish at 154.
Osbourne said he wasn’t dissatisfied with the Vaqueros’ scores.
“I thought a lot of them played well,” said Osbourne, who saw the Vaqueros finish second in the tournament in 2011. “They just didn’t have hardly any time to prepare.
“There’s no doubt that Orange Coast and Santiago Canyon have played this course more. They are good teams. We had most of our guys shoot in the 70s both rounds. Wyn played well and Tavit bounced back [Wednesday] with a solid round. We will treat this as a learning experience and we’ve got to move on and get ready for conference.”
Glendale will next compete in a Western State Conference match at 10 a.m. Monday at Valencia Country Club. The Vaqueros finished second in conference before placing third in the Southern California Regionals last season.