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Three Vaqueros qualify for State Championships

Jake Ledbetter tied for 9th in the So Cal Regional with rounds of 76 and 75. (Photo by Dave Loveton)
Jake Ledbetter tied for 9th in the So Cal Regional with rounds of 76 and 75. (Photo by Dave Loveton)

SBCC sent three golfers to the Southern Cal Regional on Monday and all three qualified for next week's State Championships.

Manny Manzone, a sophomore from Moraga, placed eighth in the 66-player field at Bear Creek CC in Murrieta, shooting 77 and 73 for a 6-over 150. Jake Ledbetter tied for ninth at 151 (76-75) and Niels Andersen tied for 14th with a 153 (77-76).

Will Barnett of Canyons was the medalist at 2-under 142 (69-73).

"The conditions were good, although it got a little windy in the second round," said SBCC coach Chuck Melendez. "It's a grind to play 36 holes in a day. It was a great day for us and the guys are happy."

The top four teams and top six individuals not on those teams advanced to the 36-hole State Finals, which will be held on Monday at Desert Island CC in Rancho Mirage.

Canyons, the WSC champion, won the Regional title at 743. Santiago Canyon (760), Desert (765) and Orange Coast (773) also qualified.

Southern Cal Regional
At par-72 Bear Creek CC
Murrieta
 Team – 1, Canyons 363-380--743. 2, Santiago Canyon 376-384--760. 3, Desert 369-396--765. 4, Orange Coast 375-398--773. 5, Palomar 393-388--781. 6, Cypress 393-396--789. 7, Citrus 408-386--794. 8, Ventura 391-406--797. 9, Mt. San Antonio 413-390--803.
 Medalist – 1, Will Barnett, Canyons, 69-73--142.
 SBCC individuals – 8, Manny Manzone 77-73--150. 9 (tie), Jake Ledbetter 76-76--151. 14 (tie), Niels Andersen 77-76--153.