Steve Grove's 1 over par score of 73 paced the Irvine Valley men's golf team to its first Orange Empire Conference win on Wednesday. Irvine Valley finished with a team score of 385 to beat host Palomar's total of 390. Grove had two birdies, 13 pars and three bogeys. Freshman Crockett Stearns continued his solid play with two birdies, 11 pars and five bogeys for a 3 over par score of 75. Sophomore Dave Durbeniuk's 4 over par score of 76 included two birdies, 10 pars and six bogeys. Freshman Brandon Gealy posted an 80. Freshman Kyle Melchiorre had competitive scores on 16 holes, but, also had a double and a triple bogey. Freshman Shane Kowal's 82 was the team throwout score. IVC will host home matches at Oak Creek during the first three weeks of April. Coach Ben Burnett said that with a couple of more wins, IVC can move up into the top five in the conference standings. The top five teams will compete in the conference finals. Then the top four teams following the conference finals will advance to the Southern California Regionals at the Bermuda Dunes Golf Course.
3/29/2011 Men's golf team falls short of Santiago Canyon
Irvine Valley freshman golfer Crockett Stearns opened with three birdies on the first nine holes of the Butterfield course at El Prado and posted a final score of one under par 71. All six Lasers posted scores in the 70's, however, the season long trend continued. IVC fell just short. Host Santiago Canyon's team score of 373 bested IVC by two strokes and Orange Coast by three strokes. IVC's record slipped to 0-6 in conference. Sophomore Dave Durbeniuk
played very well, posting a one over par score of 73 for IVC. Freshman Brandon Gealy
shot 76 and sophomore Steve Grove
came in at 77. Freshman Kyle Melchiorre
struggled during the opening six holes and posted a score of 6 over par 78. Freshman Shane Kowal
bounced an eagle putt out of the cup on the final hole and made a birdie to also tie for the high team score with a 6 over par 78. Santiago Canyon made the most of Steven Gouirand's medalist score of 68. Irvine Valley will try again for its first win in conference on Wednesday when it plays at Palomar. That competition, originally scheduled for the Twin Oaks Golf Course, has been changed to the Temecula Creek Golf Course. After the match at Palomar, IVC will host all the conference teams over three dates in April at Oak Creek. "The team goal is to defeat all visiting teams and go into conference finals as the hottest team in the conference," IVC coach Ben Burnett said.