Weed's West wins second section golf title, advances to Nor Cals

Steve Gerace
Jake West chips from the side of the 18th green during an SCL match at Lake Shastina Resort April 13, 2011.

Jake West put an exclamation point on his stellar high school golf career by becoming the first player to win two Northern Section Masters championships.

Competing against the top Northern Section teams and individuals from schools of all sizes, West defeated Kurt Kitayama of Chico on the second hole of a sudden death playoff May 17 at Whitehawk Ranch Golf Course.

West and Kitayama had tied for first in the Masters individual competition by shooting one-under par 70.

“The course and conditions were very tough and a 70 was an excellent score,” said Weed coach Steve Neel.

West, a four-time Shasta Cascade League most valuable player in golf, took home the Jay Bell Northern Section Award that goes to the Masters champion for the second year in a row.

He was one of four individuals to qualify from the Masters tournament to the Northern California Championships May 23 at Butte Creek Country Club in Chico.

Also advancing were the top two teams, Pleasant Valley and Chico, and Brandon Stark of Redding Christian (72), Chris Wilson of Oroville (75) and Taylor Greenwood of Enterprise (77).

Weed senior Liam Hagarty had the 14th best score in the individual standings at 81, while Mount Shasta junior Daulton Davis placed 22nd at 83.

Weed (446), which won the Masters team title in 2010, placed sixth among the six teams that competed in this year’s tournament, behind Pleasant Valley (392), Chico (409), Redding Christian (415), Modoc (433) and Oroville (445).

The Cougars qualified as a team by placing second to Modoc in the NSCIF Division II?Championships.

Chico previously won the Division I championship over Pleasant Valley and Oroville, but Pleasant Valley was first at the Masters event.

Redding Christian won the Division III championship. Los Molinos, which qualified as a team for the Masters tournament by placing second in Division III, did not compete.

Only 11 of the 49 players who started in the Masters field broke 80.

Weed freshman Aidan Hagarty shot 89, junior Caleb Goltz 92, and freshman Clayton Mills 114.

No. 1 player Jake West of Weed on the 18th tee at the Lake Shastina Resort during a Shasta Cascade League match April 13, 2011.