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
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
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
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
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