Quintanilla and Amirkhizi qualified for the 36-hole event April 26 during the Western State Conference championship at Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo. Amirkhizi shot a two-round score of even-par 142 to finish second overall and Nick Quintanilla had a 147 to tie for fourth. Amirkhizi and Quintanilla also secured all-conference accolades.
Amirkhizi estimated that he’s played the SCGA Course six times, including a pair of practice rounds.
“It’s a great course that’s got some easy and complicated holes,” Amirkhizi said. “My driving of late has become a strong point.
“I have to keep in mind that I have to let my talent take over and let things come to you. It’s hole by hole and shot by shot. I’m stoked that I’ve been able to fight my way to get here.”
Quintanilla said he’d like to perform today the way he did earlier in the season by finishing near the top of the leader board.
“I feel like I’m getting back to the way I played earlier in the season,” Quintanilla said. “Things are getting better.
“I’ve played this course a few times. There’s going to be pressure and there’s nerves playing 36 holes.”
Glendale Coach Greg Osbourne said the duo has been playing their best golf of the season.
“They are peaking at a good time right now,” said Osbourne, whose team finished fourth in the conference championship. “Nick and Brennan have played this course before in high school, so I believe there’s a good chance for one or both of them to move on to state.
“They have played this course a number of times. When you are on your game, it’s about where you put the ball off the tee. They are very good drivers, so they have a chance to get the ball on the greens which are not too difficult.”
There will be plenty of representation from the Western State Conference. Ventura College, Santa Barbara City College and College of the Canyons are slated to take part in the team competition. Each school from the conference will have at least one individual competing.