Brandi Borjon knew she didn’t love softball anymore. The endless days of practices and games wore on her, as well as the pressures from the coaches. She had started in the sport when she was 5 so when she called it quits before her senior year of high school it wasn’t easy.
“I’m sorry, I’m not playing my senior year,” Borjon told her father. “He was so disappointed and so mad and so many emotions were going through him.”
But when she left softball behind, Borjon invested her energy in golf. And with golf, she rediscovered her passion for sports.
Borjon recently wrapped up her sophomore season at Bakersfield College with a team-best score of 135 over 36 holes at the Southern California Regionals. Borjon tied with three others for sixth place but only two could advance to the state championships. Because Borjon had the worst last nine holes of the three, her season ended.
“I’m proud of the way I played this season,” Borjon said. “I put everything I had into the course.”
She’ll be thinking about missing out on the state championships “forever,” she added.
A typical week for Borjon in middle school was spent mostly around the softball fields with her travel team. Practices ran Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Saturday practices ran most of the day in preparation for games on Sunday in Los Angeles. She started to enjoy it less.
When high school started, Borjon joined the junior varsity team at Centennial as a pitcher and she enjoyed the sport again. But when she landed on varsity her senior year, the coaching got too intense. After that, she made the switch over to golf.
“Coaches get meaner the older you get and you just stop to love it,” Borjon said. “You want to enjoy it. You don't want to get yelled at the whole time.”
Ironically, she misses the conditioning drills and also the pressure moments on the mound or at the plate.
Borjon had picked up clubs her freshman year and concentrated on golf when softball was no longer in the picture.
She sees her putting game as the most important. It was her downfall at the regionals this season partially because the greens were altered between the first and second days and she didn't get many pre-match putts in on day two. Borjon shot 80 the first day and 85 the second.
After a successful career at BC, Borjon now has her sights set on playing golf at a four-year college with a nursing program.
She’s in communication with coaches at Cal State Los Angeles and is interested in Cal State Bakersfield, too.
“I love golf,” Borjon said. “It’s my sport. It’s definitely a lot better than softball. Softball would tear me down.”
Wrestling to host conference championships
BC’s wrestling team (7-4, 5-0 SCWA) is taking an undefeated conference record into the conference championships at Bakersfield on Saturday. As a team, the Renegades are ranked No. 5 in the state as of Oct. 31. Its roster features Adrian Godinez, Jeremy Mass and Pedro Corona, among others. Godinez and Mass are the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked wrestlers in the 184-pound weight class. Corona is No. 2 at 133 pounds.
BC’s Ramiro Macias is the third-ranked wrestler at 285 pounds.
Bakersfield will host the Southern California Regional Championships on Dec. 2.