Woodcreek solid second in SFL golf
The team competition at the first two Sierra Foothill League boys golf tournaments has turned on the depth of Del Oro’s team.
The Golden Eagles held a four-stroke advantage over Woodcreek last week in the first league-wide gathering, and when the teams got back together Monday for the second go-round, it was Del Oro shooting the same 398 score, while the Timberwolves slipped four shots to fall eight short.
While Rocklin, Nevada Union and Granite Bay fight it out for third, it looks like Woodcreek and Del Oro are a cut above.
Monday’s event was held at Sunset Whitney in Rocklin, where Del Oro’s Austin Smotherman was this week’s medalist, acing out the winner of last week’s tourney, Greg Langseth of Woodcreek, by four strokes. Langseth and Josh Will of Oakmont both posted scores of 75.
“Langseth has led our team in both 18-hole league tournaments, winning the first one and finishing in a tie for second yesterday,” said Woodcreek coach Brent Burkett. “He has had consistent scores all season but really shined in the 18-hole tournaments and gave us the boost needed to finish well.”
Aiding the senior, Langseth, in building the Woodcreek team score, were a pair of young golfers. Sophomore Lee Gearhart carded a 78 to claim sixth on the individual leaderboard, while freshman Bryce Johnson was seventh with a 79.
“I was surprised my team didn't break 400 and also surprised that only one team did,” Burkett said. “It did seem that the course was set up longer and the rough was grown out a little more than normal. Our league was more wide open this year than in the past and I really thought that with two really good golfers joining us, Bryce and Lee, and three seniors to lead the way we could have made a run at the league title. We had a good shot at winning league but Del Oro had too many consistent golfers to go along with Smotherman and Ash that we couldn't get them.”
A pair of Granite Bay players – Brandon Baumgarten and Chuck Pedone - were part of a three-way tie for eighth at 80.
“I personally think that the league was a little down this year,” Burkett said. “In the past the top three teams were all shooting under 400 in the league tournaments but this year we finished second with a 406 and third was 412. Our league is still tough but just down a little this year.”
The third and final SFL league-wide tournament is scheduled for next Monday.
Sierra Foothill League tournament No. 2
Sunset Whitney, Monday
Del Oro 398
Nevada Union 412
Granite Bay 416
Individual top 10:
Austin Smotherman, Del Oro 71
Greg Langseth, Woodcreek 75
Josh Will, Oakmont 75
Nick Schafer, Rocklin 76
Eric Ash, Del Oro 78
Lee Gearhart, Woodcreek 78
Bryce Johnson, Woodcreek 79
Robert Sahlit, Del Oro 80
Brandon Baumgarten, Granite Bay 80
Chuck Pedone, Granite Bay 80