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Golf coach Greg Osbourne resigns posts with Glendale Community College

Golf: After guiding women's team to two runner-up appearances in state, coach named director of golf at Cal State Bakersfield.

May 15, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Coach Greg Osbourne and Jasmine Daniel, of Glendale Community College women's golf, spot a ball that was just driven off the first tee by a teammate during practice at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale on August 21, 2012. Osbourne will resign his position of both men and women's golf at GCC for a new post as director of golf at Cal State Bakersfield.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Coach Greg Osbourne and Jasmine Daniel,… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

After building up the Glendale Community College men's and women's teams and leading each to appearances in the California Community College Athletic Assn. Golf Championship, Greg Osbourne resigned his post as coach to become Cal State Bakersfield's director of golf.

Osbourne recently accepted the position with Bakersfield and will replace the retiring Dave Barber, effective June 6. He will coach both programs at Bakersfield, which will be joining the Western Athletic Conference next season.

Osbourne built the Glendale college men's program from the ground up when the program was reinstated in 2008 after being suspended in 1985, culminating with an appearance in the state tournament in 2011. He took over the women's golf program from Kirt Kohlmeier in 2010 and the Vaqueros found plenty of success statewide. Tammy Panich won the state's individual championship in 2010 and the Vaqueros finished second in the state tournament in 2011 and 2012.

However, the opportunity to move to the Division I level left Osbourne, a former men's golfer at Glendale college and a 1976 Hoover High graduate, intrigued.

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"It's something that I've wanted to do for a long time, but, if it weren't for GCC and the support I have received here, I wouldn't be going to Bakersfield with this opportunity," said Osbourne, who piloted the women's team to Western State Conference championships in 2011 and 2012 and is a member of the Professional Golfers' Assn. "We were able to have a lot of great players come through GCC the last few years and we shared a lot of success.

"I owe a lot to the people across the board at GCC. Now, I have an opportunity to go out there and recruit players from around the country and world and sell them on Bakersfield. I want to eventually win a national championship."

The women's team nearly won a state championship in 2011, but came up one stroke short.

Glendale's men's team finished tied for third in conference this season, but missed out on qualifying for the Southern California Regionals. The Vaqueros did send sophomore Jin Park to the Southern California Regionals in the individual competition.

Park, a Burbank High graduate, said he thrived learning from Osbourne and indicated he might follow Osbourne to Bakersfield.

"I really just respect him as a coach and am thankful for showing me the ropes and improving," Park said. "He's enthusiastic and supportive about the teams he's coaching.

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