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Men's Golf

PC debuts with 6th at Riverside among 16 teams

RIVERSIDE (1-26-2015) -- Palomar's men's golf team opened the 2015 season on Monday in the 16 team Riverside Invitational at the historic, 1890's Victoria Club -- and more than held its own.

Coach Mark Halda's Comets finished in a tie for sixth place out of 16 teams, facing both 4-year college and community college teams.

Host Riverside City College won with a 372 score, followed by second-place UC Riverside (380), third-place Santiago Canyon (381), fourth-place University of Redlands (382), fifth-place Orange Coast (387) and Palomar tied for sixth with College of the Desert at 389.

Trailing were Cal Baptist (390), Saddleback (390), Ventura (396), Citrus (396), University of La Verne (397), Cypress (402), Irvine Valley (420), Victor Valley (423) and Mt. San Jacinto (433).

Palomar finished with a 9-5-1 record.

Mitchell Kwee, a transfer from University of Hawaii-Hilo had the low score for Palomar, a 74 on the 6,517-yard, par 72 course.

Also for the Comets, Nick Bellstrom had a 75, Zach Wagner 78, Brian Helmuth 81, Danny Green 81 and Connor Sims with the throw-out score of 84.

Longtime Palomar coach Lusky dies at age 77

SAN MARCOS (1-07-2015) -- Onetime Palomar athletic director Bob Lusky, an assistant football coach for the Comets from 1970 through 1989 and head men's golf coach from 1975-2002, died Friday at his home in Escondido after a long battle with heart problems. He was 77.

Lusky coached the Comets' offensive line for seven seasons under head coach Mack Wiebe, for six seasons under Mario Mendez and for six seasons under Tom Craft. He finished his football coaching career in 1989 as a special teams coach for Craft.

His Palomar golf teams won 10 conference championships, had 10 second-place conference finishes and captured two Southern California team titles. Lusky coached the Comets to three top-three team finishes in the state.

Lusky developed two state community college individual champions, Mark Wiebe in 1977 and Scott Oxandaboure in 2001. Wiebe also won the California State Amatuer title in 1977, went on to become a first-team All-American at San Jose State in 1979 and spent 22 years playing on the PGA Tour. He currently plays on the Champions Tour.

Oxandaboure went on to play for USC, placing fourth in the 2004 Pac-10 Championships and helped the Trojans to the team title by 15-strokes over runner-up Stanford. Both Wiebe and Oxandaboure have been inducted into the Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame.

Lusky, born on June 24, 1937 in Cleveland, Ohio, was the only child of Frank and Dorothy Lusky. The family moved to Chula Vista when he was 11. He was a bat boy for the Pacific Coast League Padres and was an All-Metro League football and baseball player at Chula Vista High School.

Lusky pitched for San Diego State's baseball teams that won conference championships in the California Collegiate Athletic Association in 1957, 1958 and 1959. He led the '58 team in strikeouts as the Aztecs captured the NAIA World Series title with a victory over Southwest Oklahoma at Alpine, Texas. It remains the only SDSU team to win a national championship in baseball. The team was inducted into the Aztec Hall of Fame in 2011.

Lusky earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from San Diego State and, after one season as the Aztecs' head freshman baseball coach in 1961, Lusky began his teaching and coaching career at Antelope Valley High School, coached football and baseball at Mar Vista High School and coached football and swimming at Hilltop High.

He accepted a teaching position at Palomar in 1974 in the Department of Health and Physical Education (now the Kinesiology Department). Lusky was Palomar's Athletic Director before retiring in 1998. He stayed on as men's golf coach through 2002.

Lusky is survived by his wife Betty, his high school sweetheart, and by sons and spouses Brad (Darla), a former Palomar basketball player, and Bryan (Ceci) and by grandchildren Jillian, Allison, Blake, Hunter, Brock and Katrina.

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