Local golfers put their best swings forward on Monday, as they competed in their respective Division I, VI and V Section tournaments.
Turlock Christian had the best day by far at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, as the Eagles became the Division VI champions, with a winning score of 426 — two strokes ahead of second place finishers Ripon Christian.
The win marks head coach Jeff Cederlind’s eighth section title in the last 11 years.
“It’s been a lot of fun over the years,” Cederlind said when asked about his eighth section crown. “It was another tight match, it is always RC who is the biggest competition. And with us you never know who is going to step up and lead the team. We have three guys that can really step up.”
Last week was Kameron Vogt and this time it was Egan Farrar, leading the way with his 75 score while Vogt was second with an 81. Logun Lunquist’s 84 was third best on the team, while Ryan Cederlind was fourth (89) and Cory Paris fifth (97).
Next for the Eagles is the Masters Tournament, set for Monday at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.
“We will be playing bigger schools, ...that is great competition, so we're not expected to top out in top three or anything like that because it is hard to compete with the Sacramento schools, but the guys are excited,” Cederlind said.
The Division I Section tournament was held at the Elk Horn Golf Course in Stockton, with Pitman and Turlock High present amongst other top tier programs. Turlock's Teo Chiesa will be the only local Div. I golfer moving on to the Masters.
“We had some young guys play well for their first and second years playing, and we should see them continue to improve,” Pitman head coach Matt Jeans said.
The lowest round for the Pitman Pride was an 89 from Darryl Hadlich.
Turlock missed the opportunity to move on as a team by five strokes, despite strong play and Chiesa’s score of 79.
“We missed moving on. We had to put a full team effort and just fell short with a 441 score,” Turlock head coach Jason Boswell said. “I am proud of what my team accomplished this year and wouldn’t want to compete with any other kids. I had a great time with this group.”
Two individual golfers, Landon Azevedo and Hector DeLeon, represented Hilmar in the Division V tournament at Peach Tree Country Club in Marysville, after the Hilmar team failed to qualify. Azevedo will be moving on to the Masters, as he took second place with a score of 79. DeLeon topped out with a 94.
“He had a tough day, it is his highest total all year but we were at a course he has never been in, I expected him to win it but he had some tough holes and scores were not all that great,” Hilmar head coach Ty Pettigew said about the Trans Valley League MVP in Azevedo.
Chiesa and Azevedo will join the TC Eagles at the Masters Tournament on Monday in Stockton.