Trojan golfers face the unknown
The Oak Ridge High School boys golf team will not only face new opponents this season, the golfers must adjust to a new schedule.
Instead of the nine-hole home and away dual matches and two 18-hole tournaments they’ve played in the past, every team in the Delta River League competes in four 18-hole tournaments against each other. The league leaders will be determined by lowest total strokes rather than a point system at the end of the season.
While the past few seasons have come down to Christian Brothers, Union Mine, Ponderosa and Oak Ridge fighting it out for first place in the Sierra Valley Conference, the Delta River League is stronger overall with Jesuit considered one of the best teams in the area along with Del Oro and Christian Brothers.
Other DRL teams include Pleasant Grove, another very good squad, and Folsom, which lost some top players to graduation but should still be competitive. Sheldon is considered one of the weaker teams.
The first 18-hole tournament was held Monday, March 21, at Serrano Country Club, home of the Trojans. (See villagelife.com for scores.) The other three will be played at Ancil Hoffman, Jesuit’s home course, Wildhawk and the north course at Rancho Murieta.
The Trojans did not have a good outing at the annual Father Barry Tournament at Ancil Hoffman March 11 & 12, won by Jesuit.
“We shot 424-429 — good for next to last place,” Oak Ridge coach Carl Massey said. “It was a good learning experience. The fairways are straight and the greens are small at Ancil so you pay for mistakes. We weren’t putting well that day, not getting up and down. I think we are better than how we played.”
Massey is still deciding on the six players who will start the season. Returning seniors Cory Dela Cruz and Reid Edlund lead the team and were joined at the Father Barry by freshmen Charlie Cameron, Jesse Goldstein and Cole Kenny, and juniors Anthony Dezordo and Curtis McKenzie.
Dela Cruz shot 84-80; Edlund posted an 80-81; and Cameron came in with 85-84.
“After shooting 44 on the first nine Reid had a 37 on the second nine so that was a good sign that we’re coming along. Right now we play well at home but not so well away,” Massey said.
Goldstein shot 84-90; and McKenzie posted a 91-94. Dezordo played Friday and shot 96. Kenny took his place Saturday and came in with a 95.
To fill in for the lack of nine-hole matches, Oak Ridge has scheduled non-league matches with other teams, but once their leagues begin the other teams won’t have room on their schedules.
“We’ll spend more time practicing,” Massey said. “I’m still taking a look at everyone on the team.”