The winning drive

John Stark

City College’s women’s golf team is rolling through another season, dominating all the competition and taking first in every outing this season, including the Santa Barbara and Orange Coast tournaments.

The Lady Vaqueros look to take their third league championship in a row.

“We have a really good team this year,” says Head Coach Chuck Melendez. “One of the best I’ve had.”

A sure standout on that team is sophomore and local Victoria Alimonda, who was the team’s most valuable player last season.

“She’s a great golfer,” freshman Natalie Todd says of her teammate. “She has a great attitude and is very into helping the new girls.”

Todd is expected to contribute heavily to the team herself.

Originally from Seattle, she scouted many California schools and says the stellar golf program is what attracted her to City College.

Another lift to the Vaquero squad is the return of Amber Clifford, one of the team’s best players two seasons ago. Clifford sat out all last season due to personal issues.

“It feels great [to be back]; I was dying,” says Clifford. “Seeing everyone in the newspaper made me sad I couldn’t play.”

So with the roster revamped, the Vaqueros have their sights set high.

“I have no doubt we can make it to state,” says Clifford. “We’ve started off the season so strong and we can only get better.”

According to the players, the real reason for this success is the camaraderie they share.

“We’re very unique. There’s a wonderful relationship between us,” Alimonda says.

The players are always ready to practice and show an incredible work ethic, Alimonda says.

“It’s funny how working as a team can be kind of contagious,” she adds.

The team seems to echo her thought and you can sense the enthusiasm and energy just talking to these players.

The only school that seems to pose a threat to the Vaqueros is College of the Canyons.

The girls say the college could offer some resistance, but all are confident that City College will prevail in the match-up.

“We have four or five girls that are scoring well consistently,” says Todd. “College of the Canyons is very up and down.”

As these golfers continue to be one of the most successful programs in the City College sports department, the spirits are high, as are their goals.

“We have a huge chance of winning state,” says Alimonda.