IVC women’s golf wins state title

Julie Tran

The women’s golf team at Irvine Valley College swept its way to its first state title this season.

The Lasers captured Orange Empire Conference and Southern California crowns, then rallied from five strokes behind at the two-day, 36-hole state final to win by four strokes.

College of the Canyons finished second, defending champion Sacramento City College finished third and Modesto Junior College was fourth. The state tournament was held Nov. 15-16 at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino Hills.

Freshman Chelsea Kasprowicz led the Lasers, slicing nine strokes off her total on the second day of the tournament. She finished with a 169. Freshmen Foya Lazare turned in a team-best 78 on the second day and freshman Kaycee Fuller came in eight strokes better on her second round on the par-74 course.

IVC sophomore Nicole Rivera came into the tournament as the Orange Empire Conference and Southern California player of the year. She finished with a 155, good for fifth place in individual competition. Rivera finished third statewide a year ago.

As a team, IVC finished the regular season with a 27-3 record.

Saddleback’s women’s golf team finished the season at 30-9 as a team and was second behind IVC in the OEC to advance to the SoCal regionals.

Grace Komoroczy finished second in the OEC overall and was named all-conference.