Women’s Golf team wins State Championship

John Stark

The City College Women’s golf team capped off a dominant season as they won the State Championship Tournament held Nov. 12 and 13 in Fresno.

“I feel great,” head coach Chuck Melendez said of the victory. “It’s what we’ve been striving towards all year.”

The Lady Vaqueros took the championship with a team score of 622, 60 shots fewer than the second-place College of the Canyons.

The Vaqueros also posted the two lowest individual scores in the tournament with Western State Conference co-Player of the Year Victoria Alimonda shooting 73 on both days and freshman Natalie Todd shooting a stellar 73 and 72.

The Lady Vaqueros obliterated the competition this season, racking up an immaculate 45-0 record in league play.

“Given how we were throughout the season, I felt pretty confident we would win state,” said Amber Clifford, City College’s second-slot golfer. Along with Alimonda, Clifford was awarded WSC Player of the Year.

This is not the first time this has occurred. Clifford and Alimonda also received co-MVP honors their senior year at Dos Pueblos High School.

“So far every team I have been on ended with something great,” Clifford said.

The Vaqueros also accomplished numerous other feats and received honors. City College placed first in two out of three tournaments this season.

The only time City College failed to take first place was at an invitational in Monterey that was for four-year schools including some Division II schools.

Todd, Alimonda, Clifford, Pearl Schuman and Kristen Mulenburg all made First Team All-WSC.

Todd also placed first individually in both the State and SoCal finals.

While the team has made the playoffs five out of six seasons since Melendez took over as coach, this is the first State Championship for the women’s golf team.

This is also the first State Championship for City College since the 2001 Women’s Tennis team took home the trophy.

Even with some key players leaving the team, most notably Clifford and Alimonda, Melendez is confident in the team’s abilities for the coming season.

“We’ve got a good thing going here,” Melendez said. “We’ve got a great nucleus coming back.”

Melendez was also quick to note he is already recruiting for next fall.