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Mt. SAC Men’s Golf Place Third at OEC Match #5; Remain in First in Conference

(Industry, CA) Coming down to the last few matches in the Orange Empire Conference race, the Mt. SAC Men's Golf Team are tied for first with Cypress College after a third-place finish in Match #5 Wednesday (4/10) at Pacific Palms Resort at Industry Hills.

The Mounties (3-2) came into the home-course event with a two-match lead, but the conference race tightened up as Cypress went 5-0 and Orange Coast placed second with a 4-1 record. Finishing fourth was Saddleback (2-3), followed by Irvine Valley College (1-4) and Riverside City College (0-5).

Cypress (378) finished with a 10-stroke lead over OCC (388), followed by the Mounties with a 390 on the tough Babe Zaharias, Par-71 course. Saddleback finished fourth with a 397, IVC (403), fifth and RCC (411) in sixth.

With Match #6 and the OEC Championships remaining, the Mounties are tied for first with Cypress with 28-7 records, followed by Orange Coast at 27-8. Only the top three teams advance to the CCCAA Southern California Regionals.

The low medalist for Match #5 was Connor O'Hern of OCC with a 1-over 72.

Mt. SAC's Blake Copeland, who has been one of the most consistent golfers on the team this year averaging 74.2, carded a team-low 76 (38-38). He had one birdie and five pars on the first nine holes and pars on six of his last seven holes on the back nine.

Julio Ibarra, Cameron Smith and Chu-Wen (Felix) Tsui all carded 78's, followed by Josh Song with an 80 and Hanseop Lee with a non-scoring 85.

Match #6 will take place next Monday (4/15) at Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita, hosted by Saddleback College, followed by the OEC Championships hosted by Mt. SAC Monday (4/29).

Orange Empire Conference Standings (As of April 10)

Team                           Record

Cypress                        28-7

Mt. SAC                       28-7

OCC                              27-8

Saddleback                  10-25

RCC                              7-28

IVC                               5-30

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