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Granite Bay is eighth at NorCal golf tourney

By: Staff report
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Granite Bay High School’s golf team finished eighth in the CIF Northern California Championship on Monday at Butte Creek Country Club in Chico.

The Grizzlies had a team score of 30-over-par 390. Sierra Foothill League rival Del Oro was ninth at 37-over 397. Del Oro won the SFL title, and Granite Bay rebounded the next week to win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship. Del Oro won the section Masters Tournament on May 16, and Granite Bay finished third to qualify for the NorCal tournament.

Concord-De La Salle won the NorCal championship with a 9-over 369 score. Robert Louis Stevenson of Pebble Beach and Pleasanton-Foothill tied for second at 10-over 370. All three teams qualified for the State Championships on June 8 at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

Austin Smotherman of Del Oro was one of six individuals to qualify for the state tournament. He shot an even-par 72 that included three birdies.

Alex Gibbs led Granite Bay with a 2-over 74, including two birdies. His 74 put him in an 11-way tie for 15th place individually. Brandon Baumgarten and Bryan Wise each shot 6-over 78, Chuck Pedone a 79, Connor Hallisey an 81 and Zach Witt a 93.