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Ortega is 6th in South Coast; Vaqueros take 2nd in WSC No. 1

Laine Johnson shot 84 on Monday to help the Vaqueros take fourth place in the South Coast Classic. (Photo by Dave Loveton)
Laine Johnson shot 84 on Monday to help the Vaqueros take fourth place in the South Coast Classic. (Photo by Dave Loveton)

SBCC sophomore Saralisa Ortega fired a 4-over 74 on Monday at Buenaventura GC to finish sixth at the 36-hole South Coast Classic women's golf tournament. The Vaqueros placed fourth in the tourney and second in WSC No. 1.

Ortega shot 84 at Olivas Links and 74 at Buenaventura for a 158 total. Fumika Matsumoto of Desert and Jamie Lopez of Citrus were the medalists at 3-over 145. Laleaga Meredith of Irvine Valley shot a 3-under 67 on Monday.

"We had a vast improvement over Sunday's round," said Vaquero coach Chuck Melendez. "It was a different course and the weather was better. We're making steady improvement."

Desert won the team title by 34 strokes, shooting 296 on Monday for a 615 total. Canyons was second at 649, followed by Irvine Valley (650) and SBCC (681). The Vaqueros carded a season-best 324, shaving 33 shots off their first round.

Sara Pettersson had the biggest improvement for the Vaqueros with an 82 that was 23 strokes better than her opening round. Laine Johnson and Tiffany Huang shot 84s on Monday.

Canyons won WSC No. 1 at 307. The Vaqueros were second with 324. Lopez (71) was also the medalist in the WSC meet and Ortega was second.

The Vaqueros will host WSC No. 2 on Monday, Sept. 15 at the Santa Barbara Golf Club, starting at 10:30 a.m.
South Coast Classic
Final scores
Sunday: At par-72 Olivas Links, Ventura
Monday: At par-70 Buenaventura

 Team – 1, Desert 319-296--615. 2, Canyons 342-307--649. 3, Irvine Valley 341-309--650. 4,SBCC 357-324--681. 5, Palomar 349-333--682. 6, Mt. SAC 366-325--691. 7, Citrus 366-341--707. 8, Bakersfield 459-448--907. 9, Glendale, no score.
 Medalists – Fumika Matsumoto 75-70--145, Jamie Lopez, Citrus, 74-71--145.
 SBCC scores – 6 (tie), Saralisa Ortega 84-74--158, Laine Johnson 89-84--173, Tiffany Huang 92-84--176, Sara Pettersson 105-82--187, Stella Dulay 92-99--191, Colleen Sullivan 98-95--193, Rebecca Valice 105-93--198.

WSC No. 1
At Buenaventura GC

 Team – 1, Canyons 307. 2, SBCC 324. 3, Citrus 341. 4, Bakersfield 407. 5, Glendale, no score.
 Individual (par 70) – 1, Jamie Lopez, Citrus, 71. 2, Saralisa Ortega, SBCC, 74.
 SBCC scores – Ortega 74, Sara Pettersson 82, Laine Johnson 84, Tiffany Huang 84, Rebecca Valice 93, Colleen Sullivan 95, Stella Dulay 99.
 WSC standings – Canyons 4-0, SBCC 3-1, Citrus 2-2, Bakersfield 1-3, Glendale 0-4.