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Colace earns All-American honors

June 16, 2001|By CHRIS GRANT, Sports Editor

It took Josh Colace three years to accomplish his collegiate golfing goal.

The Point Loma Nazarene University and former Brawley Union High golfer had his eyes set on earning All-American status from the time he hit the college links. He achieved his goal this season with a fifth-place finish at the NAIA golf tournament. The top 15 golfers of about 150 competitors in the tourney earn All-American honors.

"My goal every year was to be an All-American," said the 22-year-old Colace. "This season I finally accomplished it.

"It was a big relief. Going into the fourth round I shot a 76 and thought I might have blown it, but I didn't and it was nice to finally meet that goal."

Becoming an All-American was the culmination of three years of hard work by Colace. The junior became the team's No. 1 player his freshman season. He was named to the all-region team after his freshman year. In his sophomore season Colace won two tournaments as well as winning the regional tournament.

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Colace, who has been golfing for nine years, initially chose Point Loma because it was the only Christian school he could find with a golf team. His choice could not have benefited either party any more.

"I'm definitely happy to go there," he said. "It was a nice place to go where I could play right away. Looking back I'm glad I had the chance to lead the team and the team has progressively gotten better."

The team has progressed so far that it finished seventh at the nationals this year, the best in school history.

Colace, a business major, will return for his senior season with plenty of goals.

"I'd like to improve and take my game to the next level," he said. "I'd like to win nationals and be an All-American again. Hopefully we can get a team title. I think we can get ourselves in a position to have a chance to win the tournament."

Once he is done with school, Colace does not see his future straying far from the golf course.

"I want to keep golfing," he added. "Until I stop improving, I'm going to keep going at it. Next year is my last year of college and I hope to turn professional after that. I want to play on a tour and work my way up and play the PGA, which is a dream of mine."

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