The Los Banos High golf season came to an end on Monday at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 4 Finals at Manteca Park Golf Course in Manteca.
The Tigers shot a total of 577 to finish seventh of eight teams, which is about where coach Jeremy Siemiller expected his players to score.
“There was a pretty big big wind blowing the whole day. Last Wednesday at the league finals there, it was 95 with no wind at all,” Siemiller said. “On Monday, it was 76 with 15-to-20 mile per hour winds rolling the whole time. We shot 15 strokes worse than the league finals, but it was on par with what we expected.”
Central Catholic won the tournament with a 384, and Vista Del Lago shot 415 to earn the second team qualifying spot for the SJS Masters tournament. Three golfers qualified individually in Cosumnes Oaks’ Jake Mawson (76); Central Valley’s Anthony Bonales, (76) and Sonora’s Serge Kiriluk (77).
Brandon Valdez led the Tigers at 89, followed by Nick Fisher (97) and Drake Cook (98) on the municipal course that Siemiller described as tight, with trees and waterlines bordering most of the fairways, making it an easy place to lose a ball.
“Brandon Valdez did a good job stepping up this year. He kind of filled our Chris Corpuz role,” Siemiller said, referring to last year’s top golfer. “At the end of year he was shooting mid-to-low 40s (on a nine-hole course). But all the kids improved.”
The Tigers hope to be stronger next year, losing only Nick Fisher and J.T. Barcellos, and also with Central Catholic moving to the Valley Oak League after dominating the Western Athletic Conference.
“With Central Catholic moving up to the VOL, it will probably be between us, Ceres and El Capitan, the new school in Merced,” Siemiller said. “It’s always been us and Ceres battling for second.”
With the prospect of a potential league title, the Tigers are looking to find ways to stay in golf shape.
“I’m going to try to get these guys playing more throughout the year,” Siemiller said. “A lot of them, at least half of them, play football and basketball, and a lot of them don’t pick up a club until the golf season starts, so I’m going to try to get them doing stuff to stay polished.”