Granite Bay golf rolling, Woodcreek fighting for postseason berth

Timberwolves’ Gearhart, Oakmont’s Eddings are medalists at SFL, CVC tourneys
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Woodcreek High School shot a 383 team score Monday at Sierra View Country Club.

That would have won the Capital Valley Conference tournament, played at the same time and on the same course, by 12 strokes. But in the Sierra Foothill League tournament, the Timberwolves’ 383 was only good enough for third place behind Granite Bay (379) and Del Oro (380).

The accomplishments of his Grizzlies aside, Granite Bay coach Terry Stafford described Woodcreek’s plight as a “sad thing,” since only two teams from the SFL will advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Tournament.

“We’re still looking at not making the playoffs,” Woodcreek coach Brent Burkett said.

But there’s still a chance. The Timberwolves can move into second place in the SFL if they win three of their last four dual matches and finish second in the next league tournament, “assuming second is ahead of Del Oro,” Burkett said in an e-mail.

Woodcreek’s Lee Gearhart is assured of moving into the postseason. He earned the medalist honor Monday with a 4-under-par 68. His round included an eagle on No. 6, which is undergoing changes. No. 6 played about 300 yards with the hole about the size of a bucket on its temporary green.

Burkett said Gearhart leads the SFL in points and is averaging 36 strokes per round.

Granite Bay remained unbeaten at 6-0 and earned six points Monday. The deep Grizzlies were led by Chuck Pedone, who went eagle-par-birdie in one three-hole stretch to shoot an even-par 72.

Zach Kwan, who was 7 over at one point, came back to shoot a 2-over 74. Alex Gibbs shot 76, Brandon Baumgarten 78 and Bryan Wise 79.

The Grizzlies run deeper. Jeff Inouye-Wong fired an 80 on Monday, though Stafford said he’s normally “right around par.” Mitch Markin shoots in the 70s, and Brice Absalon has 70s potential.

“We’re just deep,” Stafford said. “Any one of those six guys in the mix (Monday) could have shot what Pedone shot.”

While Granite Bay is in the driver’s seat in the SFL, Stafford said the Grizzlies have goals. They want to repeat as section champions, qualify for the state tournament and dip into the 360s.

The school record for team score is 365, set in 2005 by the only Granite Bay team to qualify for the state tournament. That squad included Ryan Hallisey (University of Nevada Reno), Peter Gibbs (San Jose State) and Travis Esway (Nevada), who’s trying to qualify for the Nationwide Tour, according to Stafford.

Rocklin finished fourth Monday at 397 with Nevada Union at 402 and Roseville at 472.

Meanwhile, Oakmont shot a 401 to finish six strokes behind Christian Brothers in the CVC tournament.

Oakmont sophomore Corey Eddings was the medalist with a 1-under 71, and junior teammates Zach Will and Josh Will carded 74 and 77.