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Athletic Director:
John Woods

Women's Golf



Head Women's Golf Coach

Office: O-18

Phone: 760-744-1150 X 2469

Mark Eldridge, the only women's golf coach Palomar has ever had, returns for his seventh season as coach of the Comets in 2013. Eldridge and assistant coach Jonathan Fleming (below) guided Palomar's golf team to the CCCAA State Community College championship. In 2012, the Comets' Taylor Crandall won the state community college individual championship. She's now playing on the NCAA Division I level as a scholarship player at Eastern Washington University.

The Comets have been fabulously successful since Palomar added women's golf in 2007:

  • 2012 California State Community College Individual Champion (Taylor Crandall)
  • 2011 California State Community College Champions
  • 2011 Southern California Finals 4th place
  • 2009 Southern California CC Champions
  • 2008-09 Conference Overall Champions
  • 2008-09-11-12 Conf. Regular-Season Champions
  • 2008-09-11-12 Conference Tournament Champions
  • 2008 Southern California Finals 2nd place
  • 2008-09 California State CC Finals 3rd place
  • 2009 So. California Champion: Beth Sellers
  • 2008 So. California Champion: Cora Busby

Eldridge is a product of San Marcos High School, where he quarterbacked the Knights to a CIF-San Diego Section small schools championship in 1966.

On the collegiate level, he was an outstanding three-sport athlete (football, baseball, track & field) at Palomar and moved on to Washington State, where he started at safety in what was at the time the Pac-Eight Conference. He finished his collegiate athletic career as a dominant javelin thrower at Long Beach State. He received a Bachelor's degree from Long Beach State and a Master's degree from United States International University (now Alliant University).

Eldridge was Palomar's head women's softball coach for 31 seasons, compiling a 31-year record of 1,083-303-6 with three state championships, 28 conference titles, 30 community college All-Americans and 153 four-year college scholarships (103 to NCAA Division I). He was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011 and currently is an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for head coach Lacey Craft, whom he coached at Palomar, for Craft's defending CCCAA State Championship team.

He also served stints as the Comets' head football coach in 1995, defensive coordinator for three Comet national championship teams and defensive backfield coach and assistant coach for Palomar's 1977 state community college men's track & field team that featured two national-class javelin throwers including future world record holder Tom Petranoff.

Eldridge, a full-time associate professor in Palomar's Department of Kinesiology, Health and Recreation, lives in Pauma with his wife, Carla, and their son Ricky, a sophomore at Palomar who saw his baseball career ended by an injury while playing for Valley Center High School. His daughter Rebecca was a star pitcher for San Pasqual High School, for the Palomar softball team and for Abilene Christian University. His son Ryan played football and baseball at Orange Glen High School, and his brother John was a baseball pitcher for Palomar.


Assistant Women's Golf Coach

Mark Halda, also the Comets had men's golf coach, is a graduate of Torrey Pines High School in 1976 and received his B.A. in Physical Education from San Diego State University in 1981. Halda joined Palomar's men's golf coaching staff as an assistant in 2002. He'll also serve as an assistant for Palomar's women's golf team beginning this fall. He also served two stints as an assistant football coach in Palomar's football program, the most recent from 2002 through 2013..

Halda has an SCGA Index of 3.1.

After an outstanding prep football career at Torrey Pines, Halda was a quarterback at San Diego State from 1976-1980. He was the only Aztec starting quarterback to beat both Florida State and Miami, and still appears on several SDSU Top 10 passing lists.

Halda has lived in San Diego County for 40 years and currently is a resident of  San Marcos. He has two sons, Aaron, a former volleyball player at Palomar, and Nathan.


Assistant Women's Golf Coach

Jonathan Fleming, another outstanding former Palomar athlete, returned as an assistant to head coach Mark Eldridge in 2011 after taking time off to pursue his dream of a professional playing career.

Fleming was an All-Pacific Coast Conference baseball pitcher for the Comets, compiling a 1.74 earned-run average in conference games during the 2004 season. His .826 winning percentage (19 wins, 4 losses) is fourth best in Palomar history. His 147 career strikeouts ranks as the fourth best total in school history.

Fleming went on to pitch at the NCAA Division I level for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before seeing his career ended by an arm injury -- and switching sports to golf, in which his eventual goal is to become the second Palomar alumnus (the other being 1977 state community college men's champion Mark Wiebe) to play on the PGA Tour.


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