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Granite Bay girls sizzle at Masters golf, but their NorCal score will be what counts

Granite Bay won the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters high school girls golf tournament Monday by a whopping 27 strokes. The Grizzlies posted a record-setting (by seven strokes) team total of 5-over-par 365 at Spanos Park to win the Masters for the third year in a row.

Senior Sienna Lyford was the medalist with a 3-under 69. Vanessa Richani (71) tied for second among the 108 players. Sisters Yena Jang and Yewon Jang each shot a 74 and Deb Dollesin (77) were Granite Bay’s five counting scorers. Hailey Rietz shot a 79.

Been there, done that. It’s what happens next Monday in the Northern California championship that will define the Grizzlies’ season. A top-three finish among the 12 qualified teams is needed to earn the school’s first trip to the state championship in girls golf.

“We’re cautiously optimistic,” coach Jason Sitterud said.

Geography is on Granite Bay’s side this year. After an eighth-place NorCal finish in 2015 and a fourth-place showing in 2016, both at Crazy Horse in Salinas, this year’s NorCals are just down Douglas Boulevard at Sierra View.

The Grizzlies shot a 389 last year to become the first NorCal team to break 400 and not advance to state, so it’s not as if the stage is too big.

“What’s unique about high school golf is you play for each other instead of yourself,” Sitterud said. “They’ve learned there’s more pressure playing for your team than for yourself, but they’ve also learned to embrace it and pull for each other, trust each other and just do their best. They are all in this together.”

Sierra Foothill League rival Oak Ridge (392) finished second at the Masters and Pleasant Grove (414) was third to also advance to NorCals. Oak Ridge had all six players shoot between 78 and 80, while Sadia Sadiq led Pleasant Grove with a 75.

Individuals advancing to NorCals include Davis’ Marie Dean (71), Liberty Ranch’s Jacqueline Schmidt (73) and McClatchy’s Kayla Diaz (73).

Et cetera

▪ Chris Thomas, executive director of the Northern California Section PGA for the past 15 years, president of the California Alliance for Golf and a Davis resident, unexpectedly died. He was 54.

▪ Players with local ties who began play in the second stage of the Web.com Tour tournament Monday in Murrieta: Andrej Bevins (Elk Grove), Cameron Champ (North Highlands), Ben Corfee (El Macero), Jonathan De Los Reyes (Sacramento), Kevin Lucas (Folsom) and Corey Pereira (Cameron Park). Austin Smotherman (Loomis) begins second-stage play next week in Texas.

▪ Scott Beck and Alvaro Estrada teamed to win the Sacramento County Four-Ball at Mather. Beck and Estrada, combined age 76, beat Dylan McDermott, 14, and Sam Sommerhauser, 15, 1 up in Sunday’s title match when Beck rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole.

▪ Matt DeSouza won the Sacramento County Putting Championship at Mather, draining a 40-footer on the 17th hole to beat Steve Roberts 2 up in the title match.

▪ The Winchester Speedgolf Open is Nov. 14 at Winchester Country Club. The tournament format combines strokes plus running time. There are three divisions: 18-hole pro/elite, 18-hole amateur and nine-hole amateur. Sign up at active.com or contact organizer Brad Kearns at brad@bradkearns.com.

▪ Oddsmakers got to work Monday after Tiger Woods’ announcement that he’s returning to competitive golf later this year. They clearly don’t think much of his chances for a successful immediate comeback. Here are three highlights of what they’re offering at BookMaker.eu:

Over/under on Woods’ best finish in calendar year 2018 in tournaments with a minimum field of 100: 18.5

Over/under on number of cuts Woods will make in calendar year 2018 in tournaments with a minimum field of 100: 2.5

Over/under on Woods’ Official World Golf Ranking on Jan. 1, 2019: 1,180th

Steve Pajak: 916-326-5526

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