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2 STATE INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS -- Mark Wiebe (future San Jose State All-American, 22 yrs on the PGA Tour) in 1977; Scott Oxandaboure (future USC All-Pac 10) in 2001

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2015 Schedule-Results-Rosters  2015 Roster  |  Coaches

PC 9th at Pt. Conception Open after rain delay

LOMPOC (3-03-2015) -- Playing the second day at La Purisima Golf Club on Monday in the rain-delayed Pt. Conception Open hosted by Santa Barbara City College, Palomar finished with a 403-395 -- 798 to place ninth out of 14 teams.

Nick Bellstrom (left) was the low scorer for the Comets with a 76-74 -- 150. Zack Wagner (right) shot 83-80 -- 163, Mitchell Kwee 83-82 -- 165, Brian Helmuth 84-81 00 165, Connor Sims 81-78 -- 159 and Chris Guerzon 80-82 -- 162.

The first nine holes were contested on Sunday at Marshallia Ranch Golf Club at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

College of the Canyons' Blue team won the tournament with a 381-373 -- 754. Host Santa Barbara was second with a 387-376 -- 763 asa medalist Jonny Hogan shot a 69-69 -- 138.

Monterey Peninsula (768) placed third, followed by Reedley (769), Riverside City College (776), West Hills-Coalinga (786), College of the Desert (786), Canyons Gold Team (789), Palomar, Ventura (800), Hancock (816), Mt. San Jacnto (828), Citrus (840) and Bakersfield (853).

Palomar remains unbeaten in conference golf

LA JOLLA (2-25-2015) -- Palomar remained undefeated in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's golf on Wednesday, defeating the other five conference teams in a six-way neutral course match on the Torrey Pines North Course.

The Comets defeated the runner-up finisher, College of the Desert, 374-378 as they went 5-0 in head-to-head competition on the day and advanced to 9-0 in the conference. Coach Mark Halda's team advanced to 28-13-1 overall. The Roadrunners were 4-1 on the day.

Trailing were Mt. San Jacinto (395, 3-2) in third, Cuyamaca (402, 2-3) in fourth, El Camino (419, 1-4) in fifth and Victor Valley (425, 0-5) in sixth place.

Connor Sims (above left) was low scorer for the Comets with a 1-over 73 on the 6,644-yard, Par 72 course. Zack Wagner (above right), Brian Helmuth and Nick Bellstrom all had 75 scores. Christian Guerzon shot a 76. And Mitchell Kwee, who medaled with a 70 in a conference match on Monday at Spring Valley Lakes Golf Club in Victorville, carded an 81 for the throw-out score.

Kwee medals at 70; Palomar wins PCAC opener

VICTORVILLE (2-23-2015) -- Mitchell Kwee (left) shot a 2-under 70 to take medalist honors on Monday, and the Palomar went right to the front of the pack to opener the first-ever Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's golf season at the par-72, 6518-yard Spring Valley Lakes Country Club course.

Brian Helmuth (right) made an eagle on his final hole to pull Palomar into a tie with COD, putting the tie-breaker into effect. Helmuth had the Comets' second low score of the day, a 75. Zach Wagner shot a 76, Connor Sims 77, and Nick Bellstrom and Christian Guerzon both at 78.The Comets carded a 376, the same as College of the Desert, winning the tie-breaker (better sixth-man score) to go 4-0 in head to head competition on the day. One conference team, Cuyamaca, did not show up.

Palomar and COD were followed by Mt. San Jacinto at 400, Victor Valley at 404 and El Camino at 418.

Bellstrom, Kwee card 74s to lead PC at tourney

MENIFEE (2-18-2015) -- Nick Bellstrom and Mitchell Kwee both shot 74s on Wednesday to lead Palomar's men's golf team in the Eagle Classic tournament hosted by Mt. San Jacinto College at The Country Club at Sobova Springs.

Zach Wagner carded a 75 on the 6,668-yard, par 72 course. Palomar's other scores were Brian Helmuth 79, Danny Green 83 and Connor Sims with the throw-out score of 86.

Orange Coast won the tournament with a 1-under 359 score. Riverside City College (361), Santa Barbara City College (367), Santiago Canyon I371) and Ventura (378) rounded out the top five.

Citrus (381), Saddleback (384), the Comets (385), COD (386), Antelope Valley (389), Mt. San Jacinto (390), Chpress (404(, Irvine Valley (407), Victor Valleh (411), Cuyamaca (423) and El Camino (448) trailed.

"Palomar, as a team, was +8 after 14 holes, then stumbled on the last four holes to finish +25," coach Mark Halda said. We could have finished fourth or fifth with solid play down the stretch.

"We need to play smart while still being aggressive. We're getting closer but still have to be better in our mental approach. With conference starting Monday, we need to play to our strengths."

On a positive not, the Comets went 5-0 against Pacific Coast Athletic Conference teams."

"It's the second tournament in a row we have done that," Halda said.

PC takes 4th among 11 teams in Tee-Off Classic

CHINO HILLS (2-11-2015) -- The Palomar men's team placed fourth in an 11-team field as the 36-hole Tee-Off Classic concluded a two-day run at Los Serranos Golf Club.

Riverside City College won the Mondah / Wednesday tournament with a 745 score, followed among the top five teams by Santiago Canyon (748), Orange Coast (756), the Comets (773 and College of the Desert (777).

Chpress (788), Saddleback (794), Irvine Valley (798), Mt. San Jacinto (801), El Camino (832) and Victor Valley (833) trailed in team scoring.

Conner Sims was the Comets' low scorer with a 73-78 -- 151 score. Brian Helmuth finished at 79-74 -- 153, Brian Helmjuth at 79-77 -- 156, Zack Wagner at 79-77 -- 156, Christian Guerzon at 77-81 -- 158 and Mitchell Kwee with a 78-81 -- 159.

Sims shoots 1-under 73 on first day of tourney

CHINO HILLS (2-09-2015) -- Palomar's men's team is alone in fifth place out of 11 teams in the Tee-Off Classic after the first day of the Tee-Off Classic at Los Serranos Golf Club on Monday.

Playing on the 7,188-yard, par 74 South Course, Connor Sims had the low score for the Comets, a 1-under 73.

Christian Guerzon shot a 77 (3 over), Mitchell Kwee 78 (4 over), Nick Bellstrom 79 (5 over), Brian Helmuth 79 (5 over) and Zack Wagner 82 (8 over) with the throw-out score.

Riverside City College leads after day 1 with a +6 score on the North Course. Trailing the Tigers after the first day: Colleg of the Desert with + 13 on the South Course, Santiago Canyon with +14 (North Course), Orange Coast with +14 (North Course), the Comets with +16 (South Course), Irvine Valley +26 (North Course), Cypress +28 (North Course), Saddleback +32 (North Course), Mt. San Jacinto +39 (South Course), Victor Valley +40 (South Course) and El Camino +45 (South Course).

The teams will switch courses for the final 18 holes, which will be played beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Palomar will play on the 6,698-yard, par 72 North Course.

Palomar finishes in in sixth at Victorville

VICTORVILLE (2-02-2015) -- Palomar's men's golf squad placed sixth in an 11-team field in the Pnoomonia Invitational two-man best-ball tournament hosted by Victor Valley College on Monday at Spring Valley Lakes Country Club.

For the Comets, Nick Bellstrom and Zack Wagner had a 69 score. Brian Helmuth and Mitchell Kwee shot a 70. Connor Sims and Danny Green had a 71.

Riverside City College won with a 191 team score. Follwing in order were Orange Coast (196) in second place, College of the Desert (205), Mt. San Jacinto (208), Ventura (209), the Comets (210), Citrus (210), Irvine Valleh (291), El Camino (227) and Victor Valley (229).

"Back to work," Palomar coach Mark Halda said.

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.

2015 Schedule and Results

Date Match Site Time / Result
Mon Jan 26 Riverside Invitational Victoria Club, Riverside Tie for 6th of 16 teams
Mon Feb 2 Pnoomonia Invitational hosted by Victor Valley College Spring Valley Lake CC, Victorville 6th of 11 teams
Mon Feb 9 Tee-Off Classic, Day 1 Los Seranos GC, Chino Hills  
Wed Feb 11 Tee-Off Classic, Day 2 Los Serranos GC, Chino Hills 4th of 11 teams
Wed Feb 18 Eagle Golf Classic hosted by Mt. San Jacinto Saboba Springs GC, San Jacinto 8th of 16 teams
Mon Feb 23 PCAC Match hosted by Victor Valley College Spring Valley Lake CC, Victorville 1ST OF 4 TEAMS
Wed Feb 25 PCAC Neutral Course Match Torrey Pines GC North Course, La Jolla 1ST OF 5 TEAMS
Sun Mar 1 Santa Barbara City College Point Conception Open, Day 1 Marshallia Ranch GC, Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc  
Mon Mar 2 Santa Barbara City College Point Conception Open, Day 2 La Purisima GC, Lompoc 9th of 14 teams
Mon Mar 9 PCAC Match hosted by Cuyamaca Sycuan GC, El Cajon TBA
Wed Mar 11 PCAC Match hosted by El Camino College Lakewood CC, Lakewood 10 a.m.
Mon Mar 16 Ventura Invitational hosted by Ventura College Olivas Park GC, Ventura 10 a.m.
Wed Mar 18 PCAC Match hosted by Palomar Twin Oaks GC 9 a.m.
Mon Mar 23 PCAC Match hosted by Mt. San Jacinto Saboba Springs GC, San Jacinto 10:30 a.m.
Mon Apr 13 PCAC Match hosted by College of the Desert Desert Island GC, Rancho Mirage 11:30 a.m.
Wed Apr 15 PCAC Neutral Course Match Canyon Crest CC, Riverside 11 a.m.
Mon Apr 27 PCAC Championship Tournament Canyon Crest CC, Riverside 7 a.m.
Mon May 4 CCCAA Southern California Regional Championship Olivas Park GC, Ventura TBA
Mon May 11 CCCAA State Championship TBA, Northern California host TBA

2015 Roster

Name Yr High School / Previous College
Nick Bellstrom So Torrey Pines (San Diego, CA)
Kevin Burns Fr Western Alamance (Elon, NC)
Gavon Bird Fr Ramstein American (Ramstein AFB, Germany)
Daniel Green Fr Somerset (Somerset, WI)
Christian Guerzon Fr Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, CA)
Brian Helmuth Fr Temecula Valley (Temecula, CA)
Mitchell Kwee Fr H.P. Baldwin (Wailuku, HI) / University of Hawaii-Hilo
Justin McCarty Fr Mission Hills (San Marcos, Ca)
Torrey Munoz Fr Westview (San Diego, CA)
Trevor Parkford Fr Carlsbad (Carlsbad, CA)
Connor Sims Fr Kentwood (Covington, WA)
Jacob Vice Fr Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, CA)
Zach Wagner Fr Torrey Pines (San Diego, CA)

In Memoriam ...

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, Jan. 2, 2015 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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