Cougar golfers’ attempt to make NorCals lips out
After winning their first Northern Section small schools championship a week earlier, the Weed High School golf team came within two strokes a qualifying for the Nor Cal finals.
Weed’s team score of 404 on May 12 at Bailey Creek GC, was shots behind that of second place finisher Chico. Pleasant Valley of Chico placed first at 397.
Only the top two teams and top individuals from the NSCIF tournament advanced to Nor Cals.
It took a score of 72 or better to qualify as an individual. Weed’s best score was a 76 by Shasta Cascade League MVP?Jake West.
But all around the Cougars played a strong tournament, as Liam Hagarty shot 78, Robert West 82, Adam Anderson 83, Tanner Shelton 85 and first year player Caleb Goltz 108.
Jake West and Hagarty are both sophomores; the others are juniors, so Weed’s future looks bright.
“I’m looking forward to everybody returning next year,” said coach Steve Neel. “And we’re hoping to get some younger players more involved.
Neel said the decision on whether or not the Cougars were going to advance came down to the final players on the course.
“It was intense,”?he said. “All our golfers played very well. They played relaxed. It was not as difficult a course as we’re used to playing. It came down to a putt here or there. I’m happy we competed that well. It was a great season for these kids. We accomplished what we wanted. The section championship was great. But we’re disappointed we didn’t take it to the next level.”
Jake West was in the running to advance until he had some trouble on the final five holes.
“That’s golf,”?Neel said.