BC golf lagging behind in disappointing season

Esteban Ramirez, Sports Editor
March 14, 2012
Filed under Sports

The Bakersfield College men’s golf team continued to struggle in the Pt. ConCeption tournament at Valparaiso Golf Course on March 5-6.

BC placed sixth out of seven teams with Santa Barbara taking first with a score of 388. Ventura took second with 390 and Glendale took third with 391. BC ended up with a score of 424.

“We’ve struggled to play well,” said BC coach Bill Kalivas.

“It has been a tough year because we’re kind of just giving away strokes.

“We’re making small errors that are costing us on our score.

“The scores aren’t as important as our play, but our play has been bad.

“We need to keep the ball out of the hazards. I think for the most part we’re not used to playing in courses like these, and I think it has made it tough for us,” he said.

He added that he thinks the unfamiliarity with the courses has been a big problem for them.

“Our team is good enough. We shouldn’t be 30 strokes off,” he said.

“I think we just haven’t been exposed to these golf courses, while all these other teams are close to these courses so they have the opportunity to practice on these courses.

“We’re very young so I know it’s going to take a while. I think we will start to do better in the second half of the season. Sometimes you just got to take your lumps,” he said.

Freshman Jack Henneberry led the team with 79 on the first day, but had a big drop off on the second day with an 87.

BC also struggled at the Western State Conference Meet on Feb. 27 at Rio Bravo Country Club.

They fell to seventh place out of seven teams.

BC’s next tournament will be the North/South Cup Invitational at Paso Robles on March 18-19.

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