The Oak Ridge and Jesuit boys golf teams were both 9-1 in the Delta River League standings heading into last week’s dual match at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course but when the day was over the Marauders were first all alone with a 184-197 victory.
“Bottom line we got spanked,” first year coach Stan Iverson said.
Trojan Charlie Cameron was the top Oak Ridge scorer with a 36, followed by Quinn Carlsen, 39; Cole Kenny, 40; a pair of 41s from Tyson Tavalero and Josh Keplinger, and a 42 from Curtis McKenzie.
The DRL format was revised this year to five nine-hole duals with each team playing each other once and three 18-hole tournaments. Instead of the total low score for the season determining the champion, a point system was installed. Oak Ridge stunned the defending 2011 champion Marauders when it won the first 18-hole tournament of the season 382-387 at Empire Ranch Golf Course. Keplinger, a sophomore, led the Trojans with a 76 while Carlsen, a freshman, posted an 80.
Oak Ridge won both ends of a home-and-home match against Rocklin and tied with Christian Brothers for third in the non-league Thunder Invitational. Ponderosa took eighth with a 414. Troy edged Ponderosa 204-206 in their first dual of the season at Cameron Park Country Club. Carlsen and Bruin Corey Pereira shared medalist honors with 33s and Ponderosa’s Brad Peil turned in a 39.
Jesuit got back in the hunt in the second DRL 18-hole tournament at Cameron Park, finishing first with a 382. Oak Ridge was second with a 404. Keplinger (77) and Carlsen (79) were the top scorers for Oak Ridge. Ponderosa took third with a 435 led by Pereira and Peil with 77s and Josh Bolier’s 89.
“The team (Oak Ridge) is led by seniors Reid Edlund and Curtis McKenzie and we have a large group of very talented underclassmen —freshmen Carlsen, and sophomores Kelinger, Cameron, Tyson Tavalero, Jesse Goldstein and Kenny,” Iverson said. “Josh (Keplinger) is our most consistent golfer with a season average of 38 and all the players are averaging 41 and under so far. Learning to focus on teammates and not oneself is our goal.
“Be supportive of teammates, work hard and develop discipline — accomplish these three things and we can do anything.”
Troy won two home duals at Serrano Country Club, defeating Pleasant Grove 197-203 and Sheldon 196-257. After a final league match at home against Folsom, Oak Ridge will join Ponderosa at the three-day non-league Cal Hi Tournament at Graeagle Golf Course April 27-30. The last DRL 18-hole tournament is April 30 at Ancil Hoffman, Jesuit’s home course.
The Bruins opened the dual season with a 208-217 win against Pleasant Grove at Rancho Murieta and followed with a 206-211 victory over Folsom at Empire Ranch. Pereira and Peil fired a pair of 37s against the Bulldogs, Josh Bolier shot a 41, Logan Shivers had a 43 and a freshman call-up from the junior varsity team, Kevin Meyer, turned in a 48. Danny Gassuan shot 51.
Despite dealing with roster problems, the Bruins moved to 3-1 in duals with a 204-229 win over Sheldon. Pereira carded a 33 with an eagle on the final hole at Wild Hawk Golf Course. Just two teams will qualify for the postseason from the DRL so Ponderosa is hoping to send individual golfers this season, which looks probable as Pereira’s average this year is 36.7 and Peil’s is 37.8.
The highlight of the season for Ponderosa was a seven-day trip to Oahu, Hawaii. The Bruins were invited to compete in the state meet’s regional qualifier against a field of private schools. Peil fired a 72 to finish second at Coral Creek and Pereira was the low scorer the second day with a 69 at Makaha Valley.
“Teamwise we were about the middle of the pack among 13 or 13 schools,” said Bruin coach Richard Fox, who helps his team operate a Sees Candy booth at Christmas to raise money for trips.
“It was a great experience. That wouldn’t happen here — a team from another state invited to play in our division and section tournaments.”