Local golfer is turning into a 60s kid

Corey Eddings heats up summer circuit, shoots 8-under 64 at Rancho Murieta
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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In earning a spot on the All-Capital Valley Conference team, Corey Eddings had a solid spring as a freshman golfer at Oakmont High School.

His summer has been as scorching as the temperature.

Eddings shot a 69 on July 21 at Poppy Ridge in Livermore and another 69 on July 29 at Green Tree Golf Club in Vacaville. On Monday, Eddings shot an all-time-best 8-under-par 64 on the south course at Rancho Murieta Country Club.

He won The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Rancho Murieta Junior Tournament — by eight strokes — and the JGANC event at Green Tree and tied for third place in the NCGA Junior Tour of Northern California Summer Series IV at Poppy Ridge.

“I’ve been playing pretty good,” Eddings said.

In carding the 64, Eddings, a member at Morgan Creek Golf Club in Roseville, registered his first no-bogey round. He started with four birdies in five holes.

Eddings has worked this summer on “not going for stupid shots and getting out of trouble easy.”

He said he faced those situations a few times during his round of 64, such as hitting a fade into a hole when he previously could only hit a draw, and playing into the wind.

The exclamation point was Eddings’ approach on the last hole, an 8-iron to three or four feet that set up his birdie putt for the 64.

His score didn’t break a record for The First Tee of Greater Sacramento, though it’s one of the best in the 15-year history of the junior tour. Del Oro High School star Austin Smotherman shot a 63 last year at Del Paso Country Club, according to Angie Dixon, director of programs for The First Tee.

Eddings has posted other big finishes this summer. He shot 75-76 to tie for first place in the 14-15 division of the Sacramento County Junior on July 12-13 at Ancil Hoffman, and 73-71 to finish third in the 75th Phil Marskey City Junior Championship on July 27-28 at Haggin Oaks.

Eddings cooled off Thursday in shooting an 80 in The First Tee’s event at Woodcreek Golf Club. After playing at Micke Grove in Lodi on Friday, Eddings has one more tournament scheduled before school starts.

“Then, I’m pretty much done,” he said.