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Hilmar's Azevedo swings top score at windy invite
Landon Azevedo of Hilmar High was the top scorer of the day with a 73. Hilmar finished in 10th place as a team. - photo by CANDY PADILLA / The Journal

Winds reached as high as 25 miles per hour on Monday as 17 local high schools gathered at Stevinson Ranch for the sixth annual Hilmar Golf Invitational.

"It was very windy... Conditions were tough, much windier than in town," Hilmar head coach Ty Pettigrew said.

The hosts struggled to hit consistent shots due to the high winds, however, the top score of the day was seen from Hilmar's Landon Azevedo who shot a 73 as the 'Jackets placed 10th as a team.

"Landon [Azevedo] can handle all conditions and can play in anything. I did expect him to do well, not sure how all would have done," Pettigrew said.

Only two individuals shot under 79, with Azevedo being one of them and the other, Ripon's Nick Sharp.

There were two disqualifications due to the high number of strokes and balls lost in the process.  

Hilmar's Hector DeLeon finished with a score of 102.

"Hector [DeLeon] did well but last three holes were into the wind," Pettigrew said about his number two golfer. "They did the best they could. Team wise I thought we would be lower, but overall it was a good competitive tournament and we saw a lot of schools around the area that are good."

Turlock Christian had one of the better days overall as a team after tying for sixth, which included four players who shot below 100.

Logun Lundquist was the top scorer for the Eagles with a score of 89, which was good enough for a five-way tie for the 15th spot. Kameron Vogt scored a 92, Egan Farrar shot a 96, while Cory Paris topped out with a score of 100.

"It was crazy out there, but everyone had to play with it and get used to it. We could've played better but really the wind causes issues, so not a bad showing," TC head coach Jeff Cederlind said. "We will need to be better to beat Ripon Christian."

Mountain View came out on top scoring a 349, followed by Ripon High and then Ripon Christian.

"This is where we usually end up, it always happens for some reason we don't do well at home courses, it just happens. It was the way we expected but maybe 10 strokes lower would've been nice and it is what it is," Cederlind said. 

Turlock Christian opens league play today against Mariposa.

Hilmar is 3-1 in league thus far. On Tuesday, against Hughson and Riverbank ,the 'Jackets finished second behind Hughson with a score of 248.