Halda, the assistant coach during the
2009 season when
the Comets won the Southern California community college
championship, was named Palomar's head men's coach prior
to the 2010 season.
Halda also took over the women's
program this Fall, taking over a program that won the state
community college championship in 2011 and has been a state
power since the sport was added.
During the 2015 men's season, Halda's Comets
captured the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference team title
over runner-up College of the Desert, snapping the
Roadrunners' streak of 24 consecutive titles in conferences
in which they have been a member over the years. Palomar
also won the conference tournament.
In his first season heading the men's
program, Halda coached freshman Sejun Yoon, who is now playing
on a satellite pro tour, to the 2010 Southern California
Community College individual championship and, the following
week, a tie for medalist honors with a 70-70 -- 140 score in the
CCCAA State Community College Championships.
Canyon's Connor Covington also shot a 140 and won
the state title over Yoon in a
card-off -- preventing Yoon from joining future 22-year PGA Tour
golfer Mark Wiebe (1977) and Scott Oxandaboure (2001) as
Palomar's third state individual champion
Halda 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.
the fifth head men's golf coach in Palomar history, following in
the successful footsteps of the late Ward "Rusty" Myers, Mack
Wiebe, Bob Lusky and Jonas Crawford. The Comets have
produced two state community college individual champions,
future PGA Tour golfer Mark Wiebe in 1977 and Scott Oxandabore
in 2001. Wiebe went on to play for San Jose State before turning
professional. Oxandabore went on to lead USC to the 2002 Pac-10
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
Assistant Men's, Women's Golf Coach
Former collegiate and professional golfer
Jerry Snave joined Palomar's men's and women's
golf programs as assistant coach to Mark Halda in the spring..
Sneve was an All-Western
Athletic Conference selection at the University of New Mexico,
where he helped the Lobos place second in the conference and
23rd in the NCAA Division I national championship tournament.
He won the West Texas
Invitational during that '85 season and played in four NCAA
national championship tournaments as a Lobo.
Sneve played on the
Canadian PGA Tour in 1991 and 1992. He also played in a number
of PGA Tour events, making the cut in the 1991 Shearson Lehman
San Diego Open. He tied for 51st in the 1995 Tucson Open and
also played in the 2004 Buick Invitational.
Sneve also played on The
Hogan Tour, Nike Tour and Gateway Tour and won the 1995 Utah