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Vaqueros finish runner up at state

Golf: Glendale Community College women's team takes second, losing to Palomar by one stroke.

November 16, 2011|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

The disappointment following a second-place finish at the California Community College Athletic Assn. Women's Golf Championship couldn't be hidden by Glendale Community College Coach Greg Osbourne.

The Vaqueros, making their first appearance in the event in the program's five-year history, held a four-stroke lead over Palomar College entering Tuesday's final round at Kings Country Club in Hanford.

But, Glendale college saw Palomar wrestle away the championship on the final hole to claim the title by one stroke.

"We should have won and it looked like we were going to win it, but one of Palomar's players makes a 25-foot shot on the last hole and they win," said Osbourne, whose team finished with a two-round score of 647. "We played as hard as we could and it came down to the last few holes when everything swung [in Palomar's favor].

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"We just missed some shots. We were loose and happy going into the final round. It's a pressure-type thing and I don't know what we could have done differently."

Entering the 18th and final hole, the Vaqueros held a two-stroke lead. A Palomar player recorded the aforementioned 25-putt for birdie and Glendale's Pattraporn Silawanna double-bogeyed the par-four hole for a three-point swing and the deciding championship margin.

Sacramento City College finished third with a 676, followed by Modesto College (700).

Kristin Grimes of College of the Canyons won the individual championship. Grimes carded a seven-over-par 79 on Tuesday and finished with a two-round score of 155, edging out Glendale's Hannah Lee by two strokes.

Lee, a sophomore, said she thought the Vaqueros would be able to fend off Palomar.

"We were hoping that we would win," said Lee, who earned All-American accolades. "We had to shoot well and play our game.

"Everyone is disappointed right now that we didn't win. I don't know if it was because of the course or we just couldn't manage it. It was our best season ever."

Silawanna, who won the Western State Conference's individual championship, shot a 79 and finished with a 158 for fourth place en route to earning All-American honors.

Glendale's Vicanda Ma and Thanawan Sriratchaya shot 82 and 83, respectively. The duo, which helped the Vaqueros win the conference championship, finished tied for 13th with a two-round tally of 166.

Osbourne said the Vaqueros, who won the Southern California Regionals, will look to move forward next season.

"We've got to make sure we keep going and this was a great experience," said Osbourne, whose team shot a 325 in Monday's first round. "We were one shot away from winning state and it was definitely a memorable season."

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