At the end of the long day, College of the Canyons (COC) prevailed for the third year in a row, AKA, “three-peat.” This victory by Canyons (COC) moved their coach of 32 years Gary Peterson into the top spot in recent SoCal Championships history (1993-2016) as the winningest coach, a moniker he already holds for the State Championships.
Coach Peterson’s teams (’16, ’15’,’14,’12,’07) moved ahead of Desert (COD) Coach Tony Manzoni (’11,’04,’02,’98) and Long Beach CIty Hall of Fame Coach Paul Chafe (’01,’00,’99,’96) with their 2016 victory and thus five SoCal titles since 1993. Long Beach CIty and Canyons (COC) are the only two teams with “three-peats” in the SoCals since 1993.
As Canyons (COC) moves forward to next week’s California Community College State Championships they will be joined by Santiago Canyon, Desert (COD), and Orange Coast and will be competing against the top teams from the NorCal Championships - Reedley, Santa Rosa, Monterey Peninsula, and Folsom Lake.
Coach Peterson’s Canyons (COC) team with their 2015 victory in the State Championships will be defending their title. The 2015 title also saw Coach Peterson become the winningest coach in State Championships History (1950-2015) with seven (7) titles (’15,’13,’08,’06,’02,’00,’93) surpassing the teams of Hall of Fame Coach Ray Balsey (San Mateo - ’52,’56,’59,’60,’61,’62) and Hall of Fame Coach Bill Cunerty (Saddleback - ’07,’96,’94,’89,’85,’83) whose teams earned six titles each. Coach Balsey’s teams not only won a “three-peat” but a “four-peat” an achievement that is not likely to occur in the modern era.
Orange Empire Conference: Orange Coast, Santiago Canyon, & Cypress.
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference: Desert (COD), Mt San Jacinto, & Palomar.
Western State Conference: Canyons (COC), Ventura, Santa Barbara CIty, & Citrus.
This year's SoCals Championships may come down to a head to head battle between the #1 ranked Desert (COD) team against the #2 ranked Canyons (COC) team. Both teams, along with former CC golf power Long Beach CIty with five (5) SoCal titles, have dominated the SoCals since 1993. Desert (COD) has won six (6) championships; four under current head coach Tony Manzoni ('11, '04. '02, '98) and two under his predecessor Dr John Coefield ('95, '93). In more recent years it has been Canyons (COC), under head coach Gary Peterson, who have dominated winning four (4) championships ('15, '14, '12, '07). Were either Desert (COD) or Canyons (COC) to prevail both current head coaches would become the coach with the most wins (5) since 1993. Currently Manzoni and Peterson are tied with former Long Beach City coach Paul Chafe with four (4) wins each.
The other competing teams - Orange Coast, Mt San Jacinto, Ventura, Santiago Canyon, Palomar, Santa Barbara City, Cypress, and Citrus - are motivated to play the role of "dynasty spoiler" in the always competitive and challenging SoCals Championships.
Regular Season Play Ends as Conference Championships Play Begins
Here we are at the end of April and the 2016 CCC Men's Golf Season has concluded its regular season play. CCC Men's Golf is entering the post season play beginning with the three Conference Championships which will qualify teams and players for the SoCals and the State Championships. Best of luck to all the Conference Championships competitors!