Golf team places second of six

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The San Jose City College golf team entered its seventh tournament of the season at Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel on Monday, March 24, finishing second among six teams and scoring 10 under par.

Freshman Owen Hutchison led the Jags, shooting a 72 to equal course par, while freshman Connor Lawrence shot a 76, adding to the final team total of 385.

The team finished just behind tournament winner Chabot College, who shot 12 under par with a team score of 378.

“We feel fortunate we came in second just because I felt we didn’t play very well,” said Coach Don Stagnaro.

SJCC is ranked third in conference with 48 points, behind first-place Reedley College, with 51, and second place Cabrillo College, with 49.

Stagnaro said making the postseason as of now looks good.

“We want to win conference, and unless we bomb the next seven tournaments, we should be in pretty good shape,” Stagnaro said.

Fourth-placed Monterey Peninsula College has 28 points in current Coast Standings, and Stagnaro said they needed a dramatic turnaround in order to catch up to the Jags moving into the final seven tournaments.

Stagnaro said this year the team is showing signs of past championship seasons he has coached at SJCC.

“The team is close knit, and like the last championship team in 2007, for an individual sport they were very team oriented,” Stagnaro said. “This group has that.”

The top three teams from each conference move on to the NorCal Regionals, and the Jags are positioned to take that third spot.

“You never know with golf,” Stagnaro said.

The Jags will tee off again Monday, April 2 at St. Martins Golf Club at 1 p.m.