GLENDALE — Tammy Panich heard varying opinions about Olivas Links Golf Course and decided to play a practice round.
Panich, a sophomore on the Glendale Community College women's golf team, figured it would be best to learn the nuances of the Ventura County course so that she would be better prepared for the two-day Western State Conference championship. She found the round to be quite helpful and enjoyed a windfall.
Panich finished with four birdies and shot a two-under-par 72 on Monday to win the conference championship. Panich, who recorded a 73 on Sunday and finished with a two-day 145, became the first Vaquero to win a conference crown in the program's short history.
"I went up there and did a practice round Friday and I was able to get a better idea of what it's like," said Panich, who was one of 12 athletes from the field to move on to the Southern California Regionals, which will take place Sunday and Monday at the Alisal River Golf Course in Solvang. "I heard from people that it was easy and hard and that it was a long course.