The 2012 season came to an end for the Saddleback women's golf team on Tuesday as the Gauchos failed to qualify for the state championship event next week at the Temecula Creek golf course. Saddleback placed sixth at the regional and also failed to have any individuals qualify for the state championship.
The Gauchos received a 5-over-par 77 from Makenzie Fahr on the first day, but no other Gaucho was able to break 90 in the 94-degree heat at San Luis Rey Downs Country Club in Bonsall on Monday. That left the team 49 strokes behind the leader and virtually knocked the team out of contention to advance for another week.
Fahr was in sixth place in the field of 44 golfers after the first day but struggled to a 92 on the second day to finish with a two-day total of 169. She missed the cut to make the state championship as an individual by just six strokes.
Sophomore Elizabeth Mulcahy (right), who carded a 91 on the first day, bounced back to lead the team on the second day with an 86 for a 177 total. Jessica Whitt added an 87 on the second day and finished with a total of 180.
It was the fourth consecutive year that Saddleback has made the post-season and the 13th time in the past 14 seasons that the Gauchos have qualified for the regional championship event. The Gauchos have only qualified for the state championship once, winning the state title in 2003.
The Saddleback women's golf team placed second at the two-day, 36-hole Orange Empire Conference finals which was good enough to get the Gauchos into the Southern California Regional Championship this Monday and Tuesday at San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall.
The Gauchos, who had wrapped up a second place finish in the conference heading into the two-day event as long as they didn't finish last at the conference finals, posted a team score of 687 to edge out Fullerton (695). It was a comfortable cushion in front of Cuyamaca (781).
Sophomore Elizabeth Mulcahy (pictured) shot identical 83's on both days to pace the Gauchos and sophomore Jazmin Grajales posted rounds of 87 and 86 with Makenzie Fahr posting an 82 followed by a 92 to finish a stroke behind Grajales.
McKenna Pautsch counted an 87 on the first day and Mona Medina counted an 88 on the second day.
Fahr, Grajales, and Mulcahy each earned second-team all-conference recognition.
The Gauchos will represent the Orange Empire Conference at the regional championship, along with Irvine Valley College. The teams will square off against Palomar, Mt. San Jacinto, Glendale, and Canyons with the top two teams advancing to the state championship November 12-13 at the Temecula Creek course in Temecula. Additionally, Saddleback's Fahr, Grajales, Mulcahy and Jessica Whitt each earned an opportunity to compete as an individual for medalist honors at the regional tournament.
Saddleback finished second in its Orange Empire Conference match with Irvine Valley and Fullerton on Wednesday, wrapping up the Gauchos' home schedule for the season with two more matches to play before the conference finals.
Makenzie Fahr posted an 81 on the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course tract with Jessica Whitt (pictured to the right) carding an 83 and Jazmin Grajales finishing with an 85 as Saddleback posted a team score of 337. Irvine Valley posted a team score of 302 as Kate Cho was named as the event medalist. Fullerton finished third with a team score of 352.
Makenzie Fahr had another solid round for the Saddleback women’s golf team in leading the Gauchos to a second place finish at Los Serranos Golf Course on Monday. Fahr finished in sixth place overall after shooting 80 on the par-74 course.
Fahr was very consistent, shooting 40 on both sides of the 5,877-yard trek. She was followed on the Gaucho roster by Jasmine Grajales (84), Jessica Whitt (84) and Mackenzie Camarillo (85).
Saddleback finished with a team score of 37-over-par 333, 25 shots behind the leader Irvine Valley College. The Gauchos finished 21 shots ahead of Fullerton College and 60 shots in front of Cuyamaca College.
Saddleback will play again on Wednesday when they host both Irvine Valley and Fullerton at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club.
The Saddleback women's golf team had five players post scores in the 80's during an Orange Empire Conference match against Fullerton College on the par-73 Diamond Bar Golf Course to ease past the Hornets and break a tie for second place in the conference standings.
Saddleback posted a team score of 340 to defeat the Hornets (357) and pick up the win, moving to 5-3 in the conference standings and alone in second place. Fullerton fell to 4-5. Irvine Valley (336) also picked up a win to move to 8-0 and remain three victories ahead of Saddleback in the standings.
Makenzie Fahr and McKenna Pautsch (pictured) each carded 84's for the Gauchos with Jazmin Grajales adding an 86. Sally Kim of Irvine Valley earned medalist honors with an 81.
Saddleback and Cuyamaca (0-9) will play against Irvine Valley at Oak Creek Golf Course on Wednesday. All four conference teams will then square off at Los Serranos Golf Club in Chino Hills on Monday (October 1).
The women’s golf team cruised to an easy win on Wednesday over Cuyamaca College at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, 334-414. Jasmine Grajales had a tremendous round for the Gauchos to lead the way.
Grajales (pictured left) fired a 3-over-par round of 75 for her best round of the season. She was an easy medalist, winning by 10 strokes over the closest competitor.
Saddleback’s Elizabeth Mulcahy finished second after a round of 85 while Mackezie Fahr finished third (86).
The Gauchos will play again on Monday at Bonita Golf Course in Orange Empire Conference play. The first group is scheduled to go off at 11:00am.
The Saddleback women’s golf team opened up Orange Empire Conference play with a second place finish on Wednesday at San Clemente Municipal Golf Course. McKenna Pautsch led the Gauchos with a round of 81.
Saddleback finished second out of four teams as the scores were very consistent throughout. Pautsch led a balanced attack and was followed by Mackenzie Farr (83), Jasmine Grajales (84) and Jessica Whitt (84).
"The women seem to be gaining confidence every round," head coach Sabella (pictured) said. "If they continue to improve on the little things, they could be very tough by the end of the season."
Saddleback finished with a team score of 332...24 shots off of the lead set by Irvine Valley College.
Irvine Valley, 308