Granite Bay wins back-to-back Division II section golf crowns
Granite Bay High School on Tuesday successfully defended its Sac-Joaquin Section Division II golf championship.
The Grizzlies shot a 387 team score and defeated Sierra Foothill League rival Del Oro by four strokes and Christian Brothers by 13. The top three teams qualified for the section Masters Tournament on Monday at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.
Granite Bay’s depth again was the key. Alex Gibbs and Chuck Pedone tied for low score among the Grizzlies at 3-over-par 75. Bryan Wise carded a 78 and Brandon Baumgarten a 79.
“I’m really happy for my guys. They have huge goals in mind,” coach Terry Stafford said, noting his Grizzlies placed seventh in the NorCal tournament last year and failed to reach the state tournament. “They really want to make it to state this year. That’s their ultimate goal. They’ve had that goal from day one.”
Qualifying as individuals for Masters were Lee Gearhart of Woodcreek and Zach Will of Oakmont, each at 2-over 74. Julian Woodfork of McClatchy was the medalist with a 1-under 71.
SAC-JOAQUIN SECTION DIVISION II TOURNAMENT
At Rancho Murieta, par 72
Team scores: 1. Granite Bay 387, 2. Del Oro 391, 3. Christian Brothers 400, 4. Oakmont 419, 5. McClatchy 449, 6. Kennedy 461.
Individual results: Lee Gearhart, Woodcreek, 74; Jace Tiller, Nevada Union, 76; Logan Lowe, Nevada Union, 77; Michael Mencaccy, Rocklin, 77; Connor Day, Bella Vista, 78; Blake Abercrombie, Rocklin, 80; Bryce Johnson, Woodcreek, 82; Eamon Coughlin, Bella Vista, 86; Gregory French, Rio Linda, 86; Drew Robbins, Del Campo, 87; Frankie Gong, Rio Linda, 88; Austin Miller, Del Campo, 93; Harold Hunter, Valley 111; Kevin Gillette, Rosemont, 122; Jacob Smith, Rosemont, 131.
Granite Bay (387): Alex Gibbs 75, Chuck Pedone 75, Bryan Wise 78, Brandon Baumgarten 79, Jeff Inouye-Wong 80, Zach Kwan 81.
Del Oro (391): Austin Smotherman 72, Justin Raskin 76, Canyon Rowe 78, Louie Euer 81, Bobby Mullen 84, Jahaan Nargussi 86.
Christian Brothers (400): Andrej Bevins 72, Kit Carson 72, Hunter Rappleye 81, Michael Perez 86, Luke Fornalski 89, Brandon Munso 92.
Oakmont (419): Zach Will 74, Corey Eddings 75, Ash Patel 87, Josh Will 90, Ryan Shields 93.
McClatchy (449): Julian Woodfork 71, Wes Okuhara 84, Andrew Alex 90, Eric Hansen 93, Louis Cashatt 111.
Kennedy (461): Adrian Navarro 84, Will Smartt 90, Jared Wong 92, Brandon Tom 93, Manuel Aguirre 102, Collin Matsumoto 105.
Teams advancing to Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament on Monday, May 14, at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton: Granite Bay, Del Oro, Christian Brothers. Individual qualifiers: Julian Woodfork, McClatchy; Zach Will, Oakmont; Lee Gearhart, Woodcreek.