Men’s golf team headed to regionals

Jared Blankenship

The City College men’s golf team is gearing up for the Southern California Regional Championships Monday, ranked No. 2 behind College of the Canyons.

“I’m very happy with how the season’s going,” coach Chuck Melendez said. “We’ve been in a lot of tournaments with a very strong field, and we’ve played well.”

The regional championships will be at the Santa Maria Country Club. It is a 36-hole, one-day tournament, Melendez said.

The men finished fourth in their April 17 outing in Bakersfield. No. 6-ranked Kyle Nicolson didn’t play because of a family emergency, and Matt Cowell missed the match because he fractured his ankle, Melendez said.

Joe Greiner of College of the Canyons finished first individually with 71 strokes. Chris Satterlee led City College with 75, his second highest score of the season.

College of the Canyons finished first with Bakersfield and Ventura College following.

John Gilles said overall the season has been a success, but he’s disappointed about finishing second place.

“Before the season started, I figured we’d be a little more consistent throughout the lineup,” Gilles said.

The good news for the team is they are headed into the regional championships with a strong standing and a good chance at going to the state championships, Gilles said.

The team finished third in its home match April 10 at Rancho San Marcos.

It rained briefly at 11 a.m., but they played through it. Melendez said they couldn’t afford to postpone the match this late in the season.

College of the Canyons and Bakersfield finished first and second respectively.

Justin Pitts of Bakersfield College had the lowest score with 71 strokes. No. 1-ranked Satterlee led City College with 73.

Gilles said he’s looking forward to the state championship.

“If we get six solid scores and get everyone playing well, I think we could beat anyone,” he said.

Satterlee has been playing well and Melendez has high hopes for him.

“I think Chris is just an absolutely outstanding player,” Melendez said. “I think Chris is the best player in the league.

“But golf’s a funny thing. More than any other sport, the best player doesn’t always win.”