The Sac-Joaquin Section Boys Golf Masters Championships proved to be the final stop of the season for three local golfers who hit the green at the Reserve at Spanos Park on Monday with aspirations for NorCal.
Hilmar High's Landon Azevedo, Turlock High's Logan Adams and Turlock Christian High's Logan Lundquist entered the individual portion of the tournament aiming for par 72, but after a long and somewhat windy day each failed to hit their mark and finished with respective stroke counts of 76, 85 and 81.
Azevedo stood alone as the only golfer of the trio with experience at the Masters Championships as Monday marked his fourth time competing at the Reserve at Spanos Park in as many years. The Yellowjacket started off well, sitting at one under par after four holes, but midway through the course he shot a couple of bogies that slowed him down.
“He just couldn't get anything going yesterday,” Hilmar head coach Ty Pettigrew said. “He had a tough day on the greens. He wasn't making a lot of putts.”
Azevedo finished the day four strokes above par and eight stokes above the overall individual leader, Brad Reeves of Lodi High, who shot a 68.
“It was definitely in his reach, he just had a tough day,” Pettigrew said. “He was definitely disappointed. He wanted to move on. He knows he was capable of moving on.”
As for Adams and Lundquist, Monday marked the first time at the Masters Championships for both golfers, and they may have felt the pressure.
“It's not an easy tournament to just go in and post a low score. It's a big tournament with a lot of good players,” Turlock High head coach Jason Boswell said. “Anytime you go into a new atmosphere and a new tournament, and you have players from around the section, it takes some time to get into your rhythm. And if you start out slow it tends to be difficult to get something back.”
As was the case with Azevedo, Adams and Lundquist shot significantly higher scores than their qualifying marks which seemed to be the trend for most of the golfers on Monday.
“Overall, I thought all the scores would be lower,” Pettigrew said.