City College rebounds for Socal Regional title

DESERT HOT SPRINGS — What a difference a day makes.

SBCC improved its first-round score by 20 strokes on Tuesday and cruised to a 19-stroke victory in the Southern Cal Regional women’s golf tournament at Desert Dunes GC. The Vaqueros shot 340 in the final round, beating Palomar by 12 shots.

SBCC shot 340 and won the six-team competition with 700 strokes. The Vaqueros earned their third straight berth to the four-team State Finals on Nov. 17-18 at Olivas Links in Ventura. They’ll be joined by Palomar, which shot 352 and rose up from fourth place to finish second.

“We set a goal to improve by 5-10 shots and we shaved off 20,” said Vaquero coach Chuck Melendez. “Asaka (Sim) had a great round today, 11 shots better than Monday.

“I’m really proud of the kids. They rose up, accepted the challenge and got the job done.”

Sim, the WSC Player of the Year, fired a 79 Tuesday — the low round of the day — and tied for third at 169. Teammates Jenna Boyle (88-85–173) and Jackie Molstad (86-89–175) took fifth and seventh, respectively. Sumika Sim improved her opening-round score by nine shots and finished at 183.

Asaka Sim and Boyle were named to the All-Southern Cal team. Sim, Boyle and Molstad will compete for the individual title as well as the team trophy next week in the State Finals, which feature the top two teams from Southern Cal and the top two from the North.

SBCC also won the SoCal title in 2006 and went on to capture the state title. The Vaqueros were the state runner-up last year.


Southern Cal Regional


Final 36-hole scores

At par-72 Desert Dunes GC

Team (top 2 advance to State Finals)

SBCC ………………… 360-340 — 700

Palomar ………………. 367-352 — 719

Santiago Canyon …… 356-372 — 728

Irvine Valley …………. 355-376 — 731

Canyons ………………. 377-375 — 752

Long Beach ………….. 391-404 — 795

 Medalist — Cora Busby, Palomar, 83-81–164.
 SBCC scores — 3 (tie), Asaka Sim 90-79–169. 5, Jenna Boyle 88-85–173. 7, Jackie Molstad 86-89–175. Sumika Sim 96-87–183.