(Riverside, CA) Mt. SAC sophomore golfer Joshua Song shot the lowest score (68,four-under-par) of the season in the Orange Empire Conference in match #3, to lead the Mounties to a perfect 5-0 score Monday (3/28) at the Victoria Golf Course in Riverside.
"Josh played very solid and didn't make any mistakes," Mt. SAC coach Greg Osbourne said. "He is working hard and it is starting to pay off."
Song had carded three consecutive 79's in previous OEC matches, but turned it around in a huge way at the 6,484-yard Victoria Golf Course.
"I was in a weird slump," said Song, of his high scores. "I talked to my teammates and got over it, I just needed to move on."
"We have bonded as a team and are a brotherhood. We just play one shot at a time."
Song gives a tremendous amount of credit to his former Diamond Bar High School teammate and friend Dylan Stone for the current success that the Mounties are enjoying.
"All of this is about Dylan's previous success here at Mt. SAC," said Song. Stone was the lone Mountie that qualified for the CCCAA State Championships in the first two years of the rejuvenated men's golf team in 2017-18.
Song actually started the round with a bogey on his first hole of the shotgun start. He finished the first nine holes with three birdies, four pars and a bogey for a 34.
Song, who played for Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan last year, started his second nine holes with a birdie, par and a bogey before his best hole of the day. He then carded an eagle after hitting the green on his first shot and sinking a 20' putt on the 299-yard, par-4 hole.
"When it (eagle) happened, it felt great in the moment and what an amazing feeling," Song added. "It was the first of the year for me."
"But (Monday) was all a team effort."
He finished out the final five holes with a birdie and four consecutive pars for another 34 and a 68 for the round.
With the first-place finish, the Mounties vaulted back into the top spot in the OEC standings with an overall record of 21-4. Cypress (3-2), which finished third in the match, remains in second at 20-5, followed by Orange Coast College (4-1) at 18-7 in the three-team race.
"This was a great win and it was the lowest score we have shot as a team in three years," Osbourne added. "We shot even par (360) as a team and that is exceptional."
"I am very proud to be the coach of this team. They are supportive of each other and want to win for Mt. SAC. I think we are the best team in the state and they believe they will prove it."
Placing second for the Mounties was Chu-Wen (Felix) Tsui with a 70, which was tied for third overall.
Mt. SAC will continue OEC play with match #4 on Monday (4/1) at Costa Mesa CC (Los Lagos course), which will be hosted by OCC.
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