Golf team takes fourth at OEC Championship, Nueva advances

Golf team takes fourth at OEC Championship, Nueva advances

Irvine Valley's men's golf team placed fourth out of six teams at the Orange Empire Conference Championship on Monday at Royal Vista Golf club in Walnut.

The Lasers also had one individual qualify for the CCCAA South Regional next Monday at Los Serranos in Chino Hills.

Two rounds were played on the day with one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The East/North courses were par 71 and a distance of 6,458 yards.

IVC was fifth after the morning session. The Lasers had a score of 378. But they picked it up in the afternoon and took fourth with a score of 375 to place fourth overall with a team total of 753.

IVC finished in front of Saddleback (759) and Riverside (770).

Orange Coast had a 1-win advantage over Cypress and 2-win edge over Mt. SAC heading into the afternoon round. 

But Cypress won the afternoon round, Mt. SAC placed second, and Orange Coast dropped to third. 

That gave Cypress a 1-win victory over Orange Coast in the final standings and a 2-win victory over Mt. San Antonio.

It is believed to be Cypress' first OEC title in men's golf since 1988.

Cypress, Orange Coast and Mt. San Antonio each advanced to the South Regional next week.

Irvine Valley had an individual move on. Freshman Troy Nueva had the lowest score at the OEC Championship of those not already qualified and qualified for the South Regional.

Nueva had rounds of 74 and 72 on the day for a total of 146.

"I am not only proud of Troy, but four of our six athletes were in the running for the final individual spot," IVC coach Ailam Newkirk said. "Dustin Vasquez finished 12th in the conference. Troy beat him by one stroke for a spot in the regionals. Caleb Humble fought through injury to compete 36 holes and Greg Williams also had his best performance of the year."

Freshman Dustin Vasquez finished at 147 for the Lasers. He shot 71 in the morning round and 76 in the afternoon.

Freshman Greg Williams came in at 151 (77 and 74), freshman Caleb Humble shot 153 (76 and 787, freshman Jackson Bragg carded 156 (80 and 76) and freshman Shayne Knight finished at 161 (83 and 78) for the Lasers on the day.

Irvine Valley ended its team season with a record of 10-40 in conference play.

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