By Tim Cornell | Asst. Sports Editor
The Riverside City College Tigers men’s golf team opened its season at the RCC invitational on Jan. 28. They placed in sixth place out of 13 teams with a final score of 399. Orange Coast College placed first by finishing with a 376.
Sophomores Cameron Buckley and Anthony Perea led the Tigers by both shooting a 78.
Freshman Clay Hjulberg from Riverside Poly High school shot a solid 79 in his first college match.
Coach Steve Sigloch said that the Tigers need to work on finishing their rounds off strong. “Towards the end of a round, the players start to wear down,” commented Sigloch.
In their second match of the season, the Tigers played a two round match at the 2013 Tee off Classic at the Los Serranos golf course. The Tigers placed in the middle of the pack at seventh place.
The Tigers shot 778 in the two day match. Orange Coast won the tournament with a score of 741, narrowly beating Santiago Canyon by one stroke.
Anthony Perea led the Tigers with a total score of 150. Perea shot four above par the first day with a score of 76. The second round he shot par with a 74.
Josh Roquet also posted two solid rounds for the Tigers shooting 75 and 78 to total 153.
Nick Bellstrom from Palomar led the field by shooting an impressive 144 with two rounds of 72.
The Tigers opened conference play at the Navy Golf course on Feb. 27 which was hosted by Cypress College.
Out of the eight teams, the Tigers placed third with a score of 378. They went 5-2 in their first conference match. They are in 3rd place in the Orange Empire conference behind number one Orange Coast and number two Palomar.
Sophomore Zach Hammond and Freshman Jose Pedroza led the way for the Tigers in the season’s first conference match by posting scores of 73, which is one over par. Every Tiger for the day scored in the 70’s.
“Our eyes are on a conference championship,” said Sigloch.
The Tigers will continue towards that goal at their next conference match on March 11 at the Sycuan Golf Resort hosted by Cuyamaca College.