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GCC duo falls short for state

Golf: Amirkhizi and Quintanilla don’t make cut at Southern California Regionals on Monday.

May 11, 2010|By Charles Rich

GLENDALE — All kinds of odd things happened to Brennan Amirkhizi and Nick Quintanilla on Monday during their inaugural appearance at the Southern California Regionals at the SCGA Course in Murrieta.

From severe wind gusts throughout the 36-hole round to lost balls to breaking in a new driver, not much went right for the Glendale Community College men’s golfers in their quest to reach the state tournament.

Amirkhizi carded a two-round score of 152 to place 26th and Quintanilla finished with a 157 for 49th at the event.

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Amirkhizi, a freshman who earned All-Western State Conference accolades along with Quintanilla, shot a five-over-par 77 during his first round before posting a 75 on his final round. He fired a combined 10-over-par on the front nine.

“Brennan started off the first round by hitting the ball so well,” Glendale men’s Coach Greg Osbourne said. “He was even par with four holes left and then he got into big trouble.

“On the 15th hole, he hit a shot to the left side of the green and they never found the ball. He got a two-stroke penalty before parring the last three holes.”

Things didn’t get much better for Amirkhizi, who qualified for the tournament after he shot a two-round score of even-par 142 during the conference final at Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo on April 30. Amirkhizi double-bogeyed the 12th hole in the second round when he hit a shot in the water. That put him at one-over par and he couldn’t recover to reach the projected cut of 146.

Amirkhizi had four birdies and 23 pars on the 6,899-yard course.

Osbourne said Quintanilla, who reached the tournament with a 147 at the conference final, broke his driver recently and used a new one for the first time Monday.

“He had the brand new driver and he couldn’t keep his shots on the fairways,” said Osbourne, whose team finished fourth in the conference championship. “He did have some birdies, but he was fighting all day to save par.

“We learned a lot as a group this season. Our guys will be back next year with a vengeance. The program will be in good shape.”

Quintanilla finished with one eagle, four birdies and 14 pars.

Crescenta Valley High graduate Dominic Lingua of College of the Canyons, finished with a 160 to place 63rd in the 78-player field.

Santa Barbara City College, Orange Coast Community College, Riverside City College and Cypress College were the top four squads to move on to the state tournament.

The state tournament will take place Monday at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont.


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