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2019 CCCAA State Champion College of the Canyons women's golf team.

In 2019 the College of the Canyons women's golf team captured the program's 10th Western State Conference title en route to winning both the CCCAA Southern California Championship and CCCAA State Championship. The regional and state championships were the fourth of each in program history, all coming under head coach Gary Peterson. COC sophomore Haruka Koda also won the individual state title, becoming the third player in program history to do so.


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EST. 1999

CCCAA State Championships
2001, 2007, 2018, 2019

CCCAA State Championship Runner-Up
2000, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2022

CCCAA Individual State Championships
Jenny Lee (2007), Kristin Grimes (2011), Haruka Koda (2019)

CCCAA State Championship Appearances
2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022

CCCAA Southern California Championships
2001, 2007, 2018, 2019

CCCAA Southern California Championship Runner-Up
2000, 2002, 2010, 2014

CCCAA Individual SoCal Championships
Jenny Lee (2007), Kristin Grimes (2012), Jessie Lin (2018), Haruka Koda (2019)

CCCAA Southern California Championship Appearances
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022

Western State Conference Championships
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2022


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College of the Canyons finished runner-up at the CCCAA State Championship Tournament two strokes behind Modesto College. COC worked for a two-day score of 668 (331/337) at Morro Bay Golf Club, while freshman Motoko Shimoji’s two-day score of 154 (76/78) placed her as runner-up to the individual state title.Freshman Flora Peugnet placed fifth for COC with a score of 161 (79/82) and freshman Carla Menendez took ninth (165-80/85). Shimoji and Peugnet both received All-State Team honors. COC previously had taken third at the SoCal Regional Tournament to advance to the State Tourney. The group also brought home the program’s 11th Western State Conference Title at the WSC Finals Tournament. Menendez received WSC Player of the Year honors after earning medalist accolades in five conference events. Shimoji, Peugnet and Brooke Maxwell were all named to the All-WSC team. The group was backed by long-time head coach Gary Peterson who received the title of conference Coach of the Year. 

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College of the Canyons worked to rebuild after the 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but did see one Cougar represent the program at the CCCAA State Championship Tournament. Sophomore Nisha Gaulke qualified for the State Tourney at Cypress Ridge and eventually placed 34th at the state championships. Gaulke placed in the top six of the individual standings in every event she had entered, her best round of 81 coming from the season opener.

College of the Canyons athletic programs did not compete during the 2020-21 season due to cancellations based on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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College of the Canyons captured its second straight CCCAA State Championship in addition to both the CCCAA Southern California Championship and the program's 10th Western State Conference (WSC) title. The women's golf team now holds the distinction of being the first COC athletic program to win back-to-back state championships. Canyons finished the 2019 season a perfect 94-0 through 13 events, capping a two-year run in which the Cougars won every tournament they played. COC has won 25 straight tournaments dating back to the start of 2018 season. Included in that number is 19 straight WSC events. The regional and state championships were the fourth of each in program history, all coming under head coach Gary Peterson. Sophomore Haruka Koda also won the CCCAA Individual State Championship, becoming the third player in program history to do so. She also took home both the individual CCCAA SoCal regional and WSC championships. Koda and sophomores Jessie Lin and Paige Heuer were each named to the 2019 CCCAA All-State team. Additionally, Koda, Lin, Heuer and fellow sophomore Shabana Poswal were named All-WSC honorees. At season's end Koda (CSU, Fullerton) and Lin (Washington State University) both transferred to join four-year programs.

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College of the Canyons returned to the top of the state rankings by completing a season in which the Lady Cougars won Western State Conference, CCCAA Southern California Regional and CCCAA State Championships. The conference title was the ninth in program history. The SoCal Championship was the third for COC while the state title was the program's third. COC freshman Jessie Lin also won the individual SoCal Regional Championship, while freshman Haruka Koda was the WSC's individual champion and Player of the Year. Lin was joined by Joanna Roecker, Paige Heuer and Gina Chung in earning All-WSC honors for COC. Canyons finished the season undefeated, having also won every regular season WSC event as well as the annual Morro Bay North-South Invitational. The Lady Cougars then went on to win the regional championship after besting runner-up College of the Desert by 44 strokes at Alisal River Golf Course in Solvang. Canyons entered the state tourney as favorites to win a state title, and followed through on that prediction with a two-day, 36-hole team total of 615 to win by 18 strokes at Morry Bay Golf Course. Koda finished the event as runner-up in the individual standings with a two-day total of 1-under-par 143 (72-71), one stroke back of the lead. Roecker and Lin each posted a two-day total of 154 to tie for seventh place in the individual standings.

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After a two-year hiatus, the College of the Canyons women's golf made it back to the CCCAA State Championships to cap another successful season for head coach Gary Peterson and the Cougars. COC finished runner up to Santa Barbara City College at the Western State Conference (WSC) Finals at Kern River golf course. COC freshmen JoJo Roecker and Gina Chung were both named to the All-WSC team. The Cougars then carded a third place finish at the CCCAA Southern California Championships at Temecula Creek Inn Golf Course to snag a state tourney qualifying spot. Roecker placed fifth at that event with a with a two-day score of 157 (77/80) to represent COC’s top individual finish. At the state championships, Canyons took the seventh spot with a two-day team score of 706 (364/342) at Morro Bay Golf Course. Roecker finished day one tied for fifth, and eventually placed ninth overall with a two-day score of 153 (77/76). That mark left her just four strokes short of earning All-State Team honors.

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The College of the Canyons women’s golf program did not factor into team scoring for the 2016 season, instead only competing as individuals. COC freshman Aeleen Brott ranked 12th in the Western State Conference (WSC) final standings, just three spots behind teammate and No. 9 ranked golfer, sophomore Amanada Horrii. Both moved on to compete at the CCCAA SoCal Championships, with Brott finishing 25th and Horrii in the 15th spot.

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COC head coach Gary Peterson and the Cougars finished in third place at both the Western State Conference Championships and CCCAA Southern California Regional Championships to conclude another solid season. Sophomore Tiffany Whittaker had the best individual season earning All-WSC honors before shooting a two-day score of 162 (80/82) at the 2015 CCCAA State Championships in Morro Bay, to finish fifth and be named to the All-State Team. Also earning All-WSC selections were Julia Youn, Alexis Miller and Amanda Horii. Youn also competed at the State Championships where she placed 15th with a score of 170 (82/88). As a team, the Cougars won two tournaments and finished in the Top 3 in all but three events.

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The COC women’s golf earned high honors this season, winning a WSC Conference title for the first time since 2010. The Cougars also earned runner-up finishes at both the Southern California and State Championships. Canyons won all seven WSC events on the season and all six golfers — Alexis Miller, Elisabeth Mortensen, Kathy Quock, Andrea Webster, Tiffany Whittaker and Julia Youn — were named All-Conference selections.

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The College of the Canyons finished the conference season in second place, behind eventual state champion Santa Barbara City College. The Cougars made an appearance at the Southern California Championships where the squad finished in fourth place after turning in a 675 (347-328).

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The College of the Canyons women’s golf team finished the year in second place in the conference standings with a 28-8 record, behind Glendale College (35-1). At the Southern California Championships the team came in fifth place with a 688. Despite the team not making it to the state tournament next week, sophomore Kristin Grimes carded a tournament-best 150 to win the Southern California Individual Championship. Grimes, the 2011 state champion, finished in fourth at the state tournament with a 10-over-par 154 (75-79).

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The COC women’s golf team didn’t see much competition during the regular season and won the program’s seventh Western State Conference Championship. After breezing through the regular season, the Cougars finally met a team that could keep up with them in Irvine Valley at the Southern California Championship. The two teams would meet up again at the state championships, where COC took a three-stroke lead headed into the last day of competition. In the final round of play, Irvine Valley came roaring back and turned the three-shot deficit into a four-shot lead over second-place finisher COC. 

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COC ends up in third place in the conference with a 20-12 record. Jennifer Kim earned her second consecutive all-conference award and Brittany Suarez, Kris Chung and Candace Robledo all earned the all-conference honor for the first time.

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