(Costa Mesa, CA) It was no April Fools Joke! On April 1st, Mt. SAC golfer Josh Song finished with an amazing 8-under par 64, which rivals previous bests in the state. Song remained hot for the second match in a row. He led the Mounties' Men's Golf Team to a second-place finish Monday (4/1) in Orange Empire Conference Match #4 at the Costa Mesa Country Club (Los Lagos).
"This was my career low," said Song, of the 64 (8 under par). "I approached it as any other round."
"It was sad that we finished second, but we all talked about it and are ready for the next match."
Song was also the low medalist two weeks ago with a 4-under par 68 in Match #3 at Victoria GC in Riverside.
Mt. SAC finished second with a team score of 354, seven shots behind first-place finisher Orange Coast College (347). Cypress was third with a 364. That was followed by Saddleback (382), Riverside City College (390) and Irvine Valley (393).
The Mounties still hold down the top spot in the conference with an overall record of 25-5. Cypress and OCC are tied in second with a 23-7 record, followed by Saddleback (8-22), RCC (7-23) and IVC (4-26).
"Josh played the best any player could have played," Mt. SAC Golf coach Greg Osbourne said. "This is the lowest in recent history."
"I'm also proud of the team. Each player is special because they have come together as a unit."
"Han (Hanseop Lee) played very solid. We are one of the best teams in the state and we need to keep working to prove it."
After his top score two weeks ago, Song came back with the lowest score in an Orange Empire Conference play in the last three years.
Song shot a 33 (4-under) on the first nine holes, which included three birdies and an eagle. He duplicated that with three more birds and another eagle again on last nine holes for a 31 (4-under).
"On the 18th hole I knew I was under par, but didn't know how much I was under," Song said. "I approach it as any other round."
In addition, Songs' teammate Hanseop Lee recorded a 5-under-par 67 for a three-way tie for second in the field of 36 golfers.
Lee had an even par 37 (birdie, 7 pars, bogey) on his first nine holes, but coming back in to the clubhouse he scorched the course with a five-under 30, which included five birdies, three pars and one bogey.
Saddleback College Assistant Athletic Director Jerry Hannula added, "Looks like it was a great day for golf, with one third of the field posting scores below par. That is a true RED-LETTER day!"
Mt. SAC takes part in the So Cal Regional Preview at Los Serranos Country Club (South) in Chino Hills Monday (4/8) and will host match #5 Wednesday (4/10) at Industry Hills.
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