CAMERON PARK — Oak Ridge High boys golf coach Stan Iverson and Ponderosa coach Richard Fox were glad snow wasn’t on the Cameron Park Country Club’s golf course Monday afternoon during the Delta River League’s second tournament.
Players and coaches donned slacks, jackets and gloves while playing the 18-hole course still wet from last weekend’s rain. Each coach said they were happy that the snow didn’t hit the lower elevations or the linkers would’ve had to carry snow shovels along with their clubs onto the course.
“This is a nice reprieve,” Iverson said. “It’s cold but it’s good.”
Fox added, “This course is just a little wet. The greens were slow; they (the course’s personnel) didn’t get a chance to cut them; they couldn’t put the mowers out.”
At the end of the afternoon, Oak Ridge took second place in the tournament with a team score of 404 points. Ponderosa followed in third at 435. Jesuit took top honors by carding a 382 score. The Trojans beat the Marauders by five strokes in the first tournament earlier this month.
Josh Keplinger was the top golfer for Oak Ridge, carding a 77 on the 18-hole course. Quinn Carlsen followed with a 79, Charlie Cameron 80, Reid Edlund 83, Curtis McKenzie 85 and Cole Kenny 94.
Top scorers for Ponderosa were Corey Perreira, a junior, and Brad Peil, a senior, each carded a 77 for the day. Josh Bolier followed with an 89, Dominic Burns 94, Logan Shivers and Jarred Levine had a 98 each.
Prior to the match, Oak Ridge is off to a 6-0 start in dual league matches. Last spring, the Trojans advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Masters Tournament as a team, taking second place behind league and section-champion Jesuit.
“This year, we’re looking to improve,” Iverson said. “Very talented group. They have all the skills and the ability to play golf very well.”
Iverson, in his first year at the Trojans’ head coach, is pleased with his team’s fast start. Top golfers for Troy are Keplinger, Edlund and Carlsen.
“Our strongest three,” Iverson said of the trio.
Cameron, McKenzie and Kenny round out Troy’s starters. The team has seniors, sophomores and freshmen — no juniors on this year’s team.
“We’re a very young team, but we’re talented,” Iverson said.
This season, the Bruins have eight players on their squad, including four players returning of which two are Perreira and Peil.
“A lot of times he’s near par,” Fox said of both golfers.
The rest of the squad is consists of juniors, sophomores and freshmen.
“We have three or four kids who hover around 44, 45 in nine holes,” Fox said.
Fox, who led the Bruins’ wrestling program to many Sierra Valley Conference and Sierra Foothill League titles and post-season berths for more than 25 years before switching to golf six years ago, feels golf is a sport in which its performance is based on the individual on the greens.
“You can’t coach golf,” Fox said. “I did wrestling for all those years; you can yell, you can coach. (Golf) is one of the very few sports where you can’t coach them. You pretty much let them play.”
Last year, Ponderosa finished league play with a third place finish behind Oak Ridge and Jesuit.
“That’s what I expect this year because there’s a couple of teams that are probably two of the best teams in the area,” Fox said of Oak Ridge and Jesuit. “Oak Ridge is very young but very good.”
Today the Trojans and Ponderosa will tee off in a dual league match that will also take place at Cameron Park Country Club’s course.
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