Cougars Make it An Eight-Peat

College of the Canyons claimed their 8th straight WSC title, and 23rd overall on Monday. Photo Courtesy of
College of the Canyons claimed their 8th straight WSC title, and 23rd overall on Monday. Photo Courtesy of

The College of the Canyons Men's Golf team wrapped up the 2017 Western State Conference Championships on Monday at the 2017 Western State Conference Finals. The Cougars capped off a 73-4 campaign on the links by winning both rounds, for their 8th straight WSC title and their 23rd overall.

In the WSC Finals, the Cougars held off a hard charging Ventura College squad. Canyons beat the Pirates by a single stroke in each round, 376-377 in the first and 377-378 in the second. Daniel Taplin led the Canyons charge with a rounds of 73 and 74, good enough for the third best individual finish on the afternoon when you combined the two rounds. Ventura's Brandon Resnick would edge Taplin with a 74 and one-under par 71 in the second round, while Santa Barbara City College's Niels Andersen went for a day low of 74 and 68.

On the season, Canyons' Ben Campbell and Ventura's Joey Herrera would share the Individual Title, with each posting season averages of 73.33. The two players were named the Co-MVP's of the Western State Conference, while College of the Canyons' Gary Peterson was named the Coach of the Year.

All in told, four teams from the Western State Conference will represent the conference at next week's CCCAA Southern California Championships. College of the Canyons, Ventura College, Santa Barbara City College, and Citrus College will move on as teams. Individually, John Schultz, John Lentz, and Zack Silverman from Glendale College will advance. Antelope Valley College's, Aaron Volenant will also advance as an individual.

WSC Most Valuable Players

Ben Campbell, College of the Canyons

Joey Herrera, Ventura College

WSC Coach of the Year

Gary Peterson, College of the Canyons

All-Western State Conference

Daniel Taplin, College of the Canyons

Niels Andersen, Santa Barbara City College

Brandon Resnick, Ventura College

Jaeyeol Kim, College of the Canyons

James Bragger, Citrus College

John Schultz, Glendale College

John Lentz, Glendale College

Denis Kakimoto, Ventura College

Michael Lindgren, College of the Canyons

Theo Andre-Fouet, Santa Barbara City College


2017 Western State Conference Individual Standings – Final

2017 Western State Conference Team Standings – Final