GCCC golf coach misses tourney

4/10/2014

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

Garden City Community College golf coach Matt Christian missed the Broncbusters' Jayhawk Conference No. 5 golf tournament on Monday, due to team reasons, he said in a telephone interview on Tuesday afternoon.

The Broncbusters traveled to Junction City for the one-day, 36-hole tournament, the finale of the KJCCC regular season as the 10 Division I teams competed two weeks ahead of the Jayhawk Conference Championships in Newton on April 22 and 23. The Busters finished fifth in the tournament, an improvement of two places from their previous conference meet.

Christian also said it was his decision to not attend the event.

In a separate telephone interview on Wednesday, GCCC assistant athletic director and sports information director Dan Delgado, said that missing the tournament was scheduled when Christian was first hired in mid-January.

"This was something he had planned before he even took the job," Delgado said.

Christian declined to comment further about the exact reasons he was not at the conference tournament, but did say he would travel to all events in the foreseeable future.

Previously, assistant golf coach Phil Terpstra, who had served as GCCC's head coach since the summer of 2012 until Christian was hired in January, had been relieved of his duties.

Both Delgado and Christian declined to comment about the reasons for Terpstra's dismissal. Terpstra could not be reached for comment.

Assistant coach Cole Wasinger was unavailable to travel with the team on Monday as he was involved with duties as head professional at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course, prompting the college to send Deanna Mann, a college employee outside of the athletic department, with the team to Junction City.

"We always make sure that someone from the college is on the trip," Delgado said of the school's decision.

Mann's son, Nick, is a member of the team.

"If it wouldn't have been Deanna, it would have been myself or someone else in the department."

In terms of possibly hiring another assistant coach, Delgado said, "It's still a work in progress."

When Christian was hired, GCCC also announced that it was starting a women's golf program in the fall of 2014 and that Christian was to coach both teams.

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