The high school girls golf teams to beat in the postseason: Oak Ridge and Davis.
The players to beat: Kylie Fong, Gurman Kaur and Emilee Hoffman.
Oak Ridge and Davis confirmed their top team status Monday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I North tournament. Oak Ridge (421), led by freshman Emma Sand’s 81 at North Ridge, won the section title over Davis (426), led by Emily Masiel’s 76. Davis was 20 shots ahead of third-place Granite Bay and 29 better than fourth-place St. Francis.
All four teams advance to next week’s Masters at The Reserve in Stockton.
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Fong (74) was the Division I North medalist, while Kaur (77), her Franklin teammate and Delta Valley Conference MVP who shot a 10-under-par 62 last week at WildHawk, was third. Both advance as individuals and figure to be tough as the postseason plays out.
In the Divison II tournament at Rocklin, Emily Dixon (80) led Whitney (481) to the team title.
Vista del Lago (467) and Christian Brothers (468) advanced from the Division III tournament at Manteca. Hoffman led Vista del Lago with a 77, while Christian Brothers’ Beah Cruz was the medalist with a 74.
In the Division IV tournament at Castle Oaks, Placer freshman Natalie Pietromonaco (78) had the top score by four shots.
Woodland Christian’s Courtney Vogel (75) was the medalist by nine shots in the Division V tournament at Micke Grove, won by Capital Christian (503).
Team three-peat for Whitney Oaks
Whitney Oaks won its third consecutive Northern California Golf Association Team Match Play Championship over the weekend at Poppy Hills. No other club has won more than two titles in the net competition.
Whitney Oaks went 5-1 in the regular season and 6-0 in the postseason. The Rocklin club beat Oakhurst in the semifinals and Kings River in the final, both 24-12.
The championship uses a format in which two players from a side face off against two players from an opposing side in four-ball and individual matches concurrently, with players earning two points for a win and one point for a halve. Twelve players compete from each team.
Whitney Oaks’ Thursday team (there’s also a Saturday team) topped 225 others from throughout Northern California.
Captain Gary White attributes his team’s success to the difficulty of its home course for visiting teams and how it hardens players for road matches, a skins game that keeps its players competitive year-round, and familiarity that comes with a 24-player roster that largely has been together for 15 years.
▪ Sacramento’s Herb Jensen shot a 2-under 70 Tuesday at Valley Hi – the best round of the day by three shots – to win the NCGA Super Senior Championship. Jensen’s two-round total of 144 was one better than Davis’ Dennis Younglove (78) and two better than Modesto’s Gil Wymond (77).
▪ Folsom’s Kevin Lucas, UC Davis graduate Matt Hansen and Arbuckle’s Ben Geyer advanced to the second stage of Web.com Tour qualifying last week in Beaumont. Geyer birdied his final hole to finish on the final qualifying number.
▪ Winchester has raised its fee to $225 as it transitions back to a fully private facility. Public play is accepted after 11 a.m. every day except Tuesday, when the course is closed.
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