By Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information Director
College of the Canyons notched its first tournament victory of the season on Monday, capturing the Western State Conference (WSC) neutral event at Buenaventura Golf Club as part of the two-day season-opening South Coast Classic.
Action got underway Sunday at Olivas Links Golf Course with a collection of nine teams from across the region competing in the annual event. Sunday's round was an exhibition for the Cougars, with the regular season officially getting underway the following morning.
COC freshman Haruka Koda got her Cougar career started with a three-under round of 69 to earn medalist honors on Monday.
That score helped push Canyons (291) past second place Santa Barbara City College (322) in the conference portion of the event. Bakersfield College (358) was third followed by Citrus College (378).
Despite winning the WSC tourney, Canyons was forced to settle for second place in the South Coast Classic standings.
Sierra College, the state runner up in 2017, won the event with a two-day score of 624 (334/290). The Wolverines also bested COC by a single stroke in Monday's round. Canyons (614-323/291) was followed by SBCC (671-349/322) in the third place spot.
COC next competes Monday, Sept. 10, at WSC Santa Barbara. That event is being played at Santa Barbara Community Golf Club with tee time scheduled for 10 a.m.
WSC Neutral — Aug. 28, 2018 —FINAL TEAM SCORES
Canyons (291) 2. SBCC (322) 3. Bakersfield (358) 4. Citrus (378) 5. Moorpark (406) 6. Antelope Valley (449)
CANYONS WSC NEUTRAL INDIVIDUAL SCORES
Haruka Koda (69-medalist); Jessie Linn (73-tie third); JoJo Roecker (74); Gina Chung (75); Myriah Gallivan (82); Paige Heuer (84); Shabana Poswal (85); Fredeliza Lieberman (94).
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