September 29, 2016, 05:00 AM By Terry Bernal, Daily Journal -
Caņada College freshman Aman Sangha made her case as the top community college women?s golfer in the state, taking the individual title at the North/South Invitational at the Morro Bay Golf Course Sunday and Monday.
The former San Mateo High School standout ? who grew up within a 1-iron drive of Poplar Creek Golf Course ? topped the field at Morro Bay by five strokes, shooting a 140 through two rounds, including a 4-under 68 in Monday?s finale.
?It was just really steady golf,? Caņada head coach Rick Velazquez said. ?She just played so well ? so consistent.?
The 16-team tournament serves as a glimpse of the state championships to be held Nov. 13-14 at Morro Bay. Hosted by Santa Barbara City College, the North/South Invitational features the top eight teams from Northern California and the top eight from Southern California.
Sangha shot a par 72 in Sunday?s opening round, then fired four birdies on the back nine to shoot a tourney-best 68 in Monday?s finale. Sierra College?s Nao Bando, who led Sunday after shooting a 70 in the opening round, took second place with a 145.
?As of right now, [Sangha] kind of holds the unofficial (state) title,? Velazquez said. ?She?s that caliber of player because with all these players, north and south, she?s the best community college player in California.?
Caņada, having last captured the team title at Morro Bay in 2013, didn?t fair well in the team competition this year. Santa Barbara took first place, topping Sierra via tiebreaker. Both teams finished with identical scores ? a cumulative total of the No. 1-4 ranked players of each ? so the championship was based on the scores of the No. 5-ranked players.