West still best in SCL, seeks State Amateur spot

Steve Gerace
Jake West of Weed watches his tee shot on the 11th hole at Mt. Shasta Resort during a Shasta Cascade League match Thursday, April 22, 2010.

Weed High School junior Jake West shot four under par 68 during the Shasta Cascade League’s April 15 match at Fall River, a score that was 9 strokes better than teammate Liam Hagarty’s 77, which was the day’s second best score.

The first back-to-back SCL most valuable golfer, West’s 68 was one of the best ever in a league match. It helped the Cougars win the match 12-0 and improve their league record for the season to 34-0.

West said he started the round par-bogey, was even par after 13 holes, then birdied 4 holes in a row before settling for par on number 18.

“I?was hitting my driver well and made a few 10 to 15 foot putts for birdie,” said West.

He said he was hitting many drives in the 320 yard range and some as far as 350.

West said his best score ever was a 7-under par 65 at the Lake Shastina Resort course, but that was not during league competition.

This Monday, April 26, West is scheduled to participate in qualifying for the California State Amateur at the Olympic Club course in San Francisco.

He finished 5 strokes off the pace when he attempted to qualify for the State Amateur last year.

“This is the first time I think I?have a chance,” West said. “My game has definitely improved. It’s about being able to grind through and handle the pressure better.”

Hitting longer drives “definitely helps,”?he said, as does “more mental maturity.”