Men’s golf has high hopes after the addition of key new players

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Nicole Wong

City College golfers, (from left) Brett Patton, Joakim Flink and Manny Manzone prepare for the upcoming season by practicing for individual state finals, Thursday, Feb. 5, at City College. The City College golfers are swinging for state championships.

BILLY SNYGG, Channels Staff

The City College men’s golf team has high hopes and one goal for the upcoming season: to be the Western State Conference champions.

Head coach Chuck Melendez feels confident in his team thanks to a strong core of returning golfers.

“Our number one goal is to win the league and then compete for state champions,” Melendez said.

Sophomores Joakim Flink, Brett Patton and Jonny Hogan headline the returners and Melendez said they know what it takes to win.

“It takes a lot of practice and eliminating big numbers,” Patton said.

Melendez is happy to add a strong freshman golfer to his solid foundation of experienced players.

“I have a new player in Manny Manzone who is very good and very talented,” Melendez said.

“Everyone on the team is very friendly,” Manzone said. “How could I not want to go to school in Santa Barbara? I love it.”

City College golfers, (from left) Joakim Flink, Brett Patton and Manny Manzone prepare for the upcoming season, Thursday, Feb. 5, on West Campus at City College. The City College golfers are swinging for state championships and have their first game on Monday at Valencia City College.
Nicole Wong
City College golfers, (from left) Joakim Flink, Brett Patton and Manny Manzone prepare for the upcoming season, Thursday, Feb. 5, on West Campus at City College. The City College golfers are swinging for state championships and have their first game on Monday at Valencia City College.

City College is pumped up for the season and the golfers agreed they have an “all or nothing” mentality going into 2015.

With a team like this, they can definitely go all the way.

Canyons will host the team’s first tournament at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, at Valencia Country Club.