Local high school golfers took their final swings of the 2014 season in Monday’s Masters Tournament at the Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton with the ambition to reach the Northern California Tournament, but it was not to be.
Among the local golfers competing were Hilmar High’s Trans Valley League MVP Landon Azevedo, as well as the Central California Conference MVP in Turlock’s Teo Chiesa, along with the entire Turlock Christian High team.
With over 120 high school golfers from some of the top programs in the valley, the competition proved too difficult for Azevedo, Chiesa and the smaller team in TC, who failed to qualify for the Nor Cal tourney next week.
“Pretty much the whole team was just okay. We’re not used to playing against that competition, but we didn’t play as well as we could despite the beautiful day with weather. It just wasn’t our day,” TC head coach Jeff Cederlind said.
TC’s best score came from Kameron Vogt with an 85 while Logun Lundquist followed second on the team with an 86. Cory Paris (96), Ryan Cederlind (99) and Egan Farrar (102) were third, fourth and fifth on the squad.
Azevedo and Chiesa tied for 15th overall with a score of 73 each, just missing the qualifying mark of 70 by three strokes.
“Landon had a successful season overall, even though he didn’t meet his personal goal of advancing to NorCal,” Hilmar High head coach Ty Pettigrew said.
The TVL MVP is only a junior and is expecting an outstanding senior campaign next season for coach Pettigrew.
“I know he will put the time in getting ready for next year. I’m excited for his senior season next year,” said Pettigrew.
Turlock's Chiesa, who is a three time CCC MVP and has only had two league losses over the course of his career, will be playing golf at California State University, Bakersfield in the fall.
“It has been great having Teo for the last four years. He has been dominant, to say the least,” Turlock head coach Jason Boswell said. “He is going to play golf at the next level. He is a great kid and comes from a great family. He will be missed.”
The TC Eagles will return all but one player for next year as they will look to chase their 12th consecutive league title.
“It was a good year; I didn’t know what to expect with such a small team of only six, but we will be competitive again next year that’s for sure,” said Cederlind.