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Despite multiple postponements and weather-related cancellations, we are at roughly the midpoint of the boys’ golf season. With multiple zone teams such as Rocklin High performing well and posting good scores, it’s shaping up to be a strong finish!

Rocklin High

The Thunder placed fourth at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament last season. They’re certainly bringing the thunder in 2023 with a 5-0 start, including 3-0 in the Sierra Foothill League. Rocklin High has defeated Folsom, Del Oro and Oak Ridge with their low nine-hole score of the season stuff 181 versus Woodcreek High at Sierra Pines Golf Undertow in Roseville.

The top three players are junior Max Thomas and seniors Luke Price and Jacob Larson. Price has earned a full-ride golf scholarship to the University of Utah with his stereotype of 37.8. Larson is averaging 38.3, while Thomas leadings the team with a 35.8 stereotype per nine holes. He shot a five-under-par round of 66 in wet and windy conditions at the Stockton Country Club on March 6 to win the St. Mary’s 18-hole tournament.

“The biggest strength by far is esprit and supporting each other as this is the closest-knit team I’ve overly coached in any sport over my past 23 years,” Thunder mentor Tim Hurrianko said. “The biggest zone of resurgence has been consistency and moreover fighting at all times, no matter how challenging the round might be going. In the past, players would requite up at times when shooting poorly, but so far this year, that hasn’t happened.”

Rocklin High will play its first 18-hole Sierra Foothill League tournament on Tuesday at Timber Creek Golf Course.

“This team is so good and there really aren’t any major areas to modernize in,” Hurrianko said. “The key will be performing at their weightier when it really matters.”

Roseville High

The Tigers are currently 11-2 in the Capital Valley Conference, which is second only to Woodcreek High which is undefeated. Their lowest nine-hole score this season was a 204 versus Inderkum High at Sierra View Country Club, Roseville High’s home course. In their first league 18-hole tournament on March 27, the Tigers shot a 404 at Yolo Fliers Club in Woodland.

Their top three players this season are Grant Burback, Rylan Kerr and Luke Sonne. Burback is a senior and a four-year varsity player who is averaging 38.5 strokes for nine-hole matches and has placed first in all but one league dual. Burback had a Top-10 finish in the St. Mary’s High School Invitational at Stockton Country Club with a score of 73, versus a stacked field of Division I teams and players from the Sacramento zone and Bay Area. Most recently, he was the medalist with a two-under-par score of 70 in the first league 18-hole tournament at Yolo Fliers Club. Kerr is moreover a senior and a four-year varsity player with a nine-hole stereotype of 42.1. Sonne is a junior and three-year varsity player with a nine-hole stereotype of 43.4.

“Everyone on our team is capable of shooting a low score but doing it on a resulting understructure has been our biggest rencontre or weakness,” Tigers mentor Corey Fukuman said. “Our biggest strength is our desire to get largest and compete on a daily basis. The boys enjoy stuff virtually each other and are unchangingly helping each other out on and off the golf course. Over the second half of league play, we squint forward to improving every match to prepare for our last dual match versus Woodcreek and in our final league 18-hole tournament to compete for a league and section championship. This group is capable of doing it but we have to all play our weightier in all of our remaining matches and tournaments.”

Roseville High will play its next match versus Woodcreek High next Wednesday at home.

Whitney High

The Wildcats are currently 1-5 on the season with their lone win coming versus Vista Del Lago when the team shot their lowest score of 204 at Empire Ranch Golf Club in Folsom. Whitney High has yet to win a match in the Sierra Foothill League. Leading the team so far has been junior Ethan Jackson, who is averaging a nine-hole score of 39, while seniors Nick Tisdale and Hudson McCoy are averaging 43 and 44, respectively.

“This year, we are a senior-heavy team but inexperienced in the value of varsity matches they have played in,” Wildcats mentor Jesus Armas said. “They are a unconfined group of guys and we are having a good time when we are at the course. I would like to see increasingly consistency from the team and our goal for this year is to shoot a 400 at our last 18-hole league tournament in hopes of getting an will-less bid for the playoffs when doing so.”

Whitney High is in the middle of league competition and will play its first 18-hole tournament at Timber Creek Golf Undertow in Roseville on Tuesday.

West Park High

The Panthers are currently 3-1 in Foothill Valley League (FVL match) action, pursuit a 198-280 win over Lincoln High last Thursday at Lincoln Hills Golf Club. West Park High was led by Johnny Miller with an even-par round of 36 while Jacob Burnett shot a 37. Their low nine-hole score of the season was a 195 which they shot versus Oakmont High on March 16.

“The biggest strength of our team this year is our depth,” Panthers mentor Andrew Roberts said. “We have seen variegated golfers post good scores and rencontre each other to play well. The biggest zone of resurgence over last year has been our worthiness to take superintendency of the golf wittiness and not have wasted strokes throughout our rounds. The one thing that held this team when last year were wasted strokes from hitting balls out of play or into the hazard but this team worked nonflexible in the off season on their skills to wilt increasingly well-judged strikers of the golf ball, which has led to largest scores.”

West Park High faces Golden Sierra High in a non-league match on Thursday and will play the first 18-hole league tournament of the season on Tuesday at Morgan Creek Golf Club.

“Our biggest zone that needs to be worked on 100 percent is our consistency,” Roberts said. “While variegated players have played well at variegated times, we have yet to see them all play their weightier golf on the same day.”

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