Men’s golf places fourth at CCCAA state championships

Posted: May 13, 2015 | Written by Alexis Naucler

The Riverside City College men’s golf team scored 743 points, earning fourth place at the CCCAA State Championship, which took place at Kings River Country Club in Kingsburg, California on May 11.

Finishing in front of the Tigers was the College of the Canyons, Reedley College and Santa Rosa College. Who scored 733, 741 and 743 points, respectively.

Considering Santa Rosa and Riverside tied at 743, each team’s sixth person had to play a tiebreaker. Santa Rosa’s Cory Giringhelli won by six points over freshman Cody Medin, who scored 84.

Sophomore Chad Hambright finished second by five points, earning him an All-State position, behind Jeremy Sanchez of Chabot College, who scored 136. Wes Hatton scored 145 points this year, showing slight improvement from last year’s result of 146.

“We had a much more talented team this year,” sophomore Eric Cross said. “It was a pretty successful year.”

Previously at the Regional Championships, the Tigers finished fourth with a score 733 points, securing the last spot to advance to championships

Finishing in first place was the College of the Canyons with a score of 710, second place was Santa Barbara City College (723) and third was College of the Desert (725).

Hatton led the Tigers, scoring 69 in the first round and 71 in the second. Following closely behind was Hambright who scored 71 and 72 in the first and second round.

“The top of our lineup played well,” coach Steven Sigloch said. “Overall, the season has been a great one. This is definitely the most talented team that I have coached at RCC,” Sigloch said.

The Tigers finished their season strong, placing first in conference, Sigloch earning Orange Empire Conference Coach of the Year and Hambright the OEC Player of the Year.