Women’s Golf Finishes Second in State

Alex Gonzalez, El Vaquero Staff Writer

After leading by four strokes on the first day, the Glendale Community College women’s golf team finished second to Palomar College, falling back by one stroke at the California State Championships in Hanford.

In the five-year history of the golf program, the Vaqueros made their first appearance to the State Championships.

On the first day of the event Glendale had a four stroke lead over Palomar College, but head coach Greg Osbourne was not disappointed about the play from his team.

“I thought we could not have played any worse but we were still leading after the first day,” said Osbourne. “It’s a tough course and we were leading and we take nothing for granted. Bottom line is that they gave it their best effort.“

As the second day progressed, it seemed that no shot that the Lady Vaqs made was going their way. At the same time, Palomar College college had opposite luck and showed that every shot the team took went in its favor.

“Nothing went in for us but it went in for them,” said Osbourne. “When it all turned out, when we added the score we lost by one.”

Going into the final hole at the course the Lady Vaqs had a two-stroke lead over Palomar. But with a double-bogey from Glendale’s Pattraporn Silawanna, it only took a 25-foot putt for a birdie from Palomar to seal the deal.

“We gave it to them; they didn’t beat us we gave it to them,” said Osbourne. “But we had a great year and the girls are fantastic.”

Despite the runner up finish, the Vaqueros did have individual accomplishments.

Sophomore Hannah Lee and freshman Silawanna made All-American. Lee placed second in state and Silawanna placed first in regionals, and was named conference player of the year and came in fourth, shooting a 79 for the tournament.

Vicanda Ma and Thanawan Sriratchaya tied for 13th with a final score of 166.

Osbourne, who won coach of the year in conference, had winning a state title on his mind.

“Every year we have state as our number one goal.”

Osbourne, however, is not done with golf for this year. He is also the head coach for the men’s team. Their season starts at the beginning of the spring semester.

Despite the loss, Silawanna, Ma, and Sriratchaya are freshmen. Throughout the season they all learned new things and gained enough experience for next year. So when the season starts again for the womens golf team, they hope to repeat as conference