By The Bakersfield Californian
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Christian Sanders, sr, Garces
Led the area with a 71.6 stroke average during the regular season, and then was among the best three local scores at every postseason tournament, including 73s at area (tied for second) and at the CIF Southern Cal regional (the top local score).
Konner Baker, jr, Frontier
His 77 led the Titans to a Central Section Division II championship, and his 76 a week later was Kern County's best score at the section individual finals. In the regular season, Baker averaged 76.2, second-best in the Southwest Yosemite League.
Tyler Burnes, soph, Centennial
He averaged 76.8 in the regular season, finished tied for fifth in the area with a 75, then shot 79 at the section finals to qualify for the Southern Cal regionals, where he shot 77, the fifth-best score from Kern County.
Jake Haddad, sr, Stockdale
A vocal leader and No. 1 player for much of the year for section champion Stockdale, Haddad tied for second at the area final with a 73, then shot 75 at the section team final and 75 again -- the second-best local score -- at the Southern Cal regional.
Ryan Roodzant, jr, Bakersfield Christian
His 73.0 stroke average during the regular season was second only to Sanders, and he then shot 76 at the area final to qualify for the CIF regional. Roodzant also led the Eagles to an unbeaten South Sequoia League season.
Dalton Weaver, sr, Stockdale
Weaver led the Southwest Yosemite League and was third in the area with a 76.0 stroke average. He also shot 75 at the area final to reach the section individual championships, and he shot 78 at the team championships to help the Mustangs to the team title.
Tyler Whitehead, sr, Bakersfield
After a solid 78.4 average in the regular season, Whitehead blistered Buena Vista Golf Course with a 1-under-par 71 to win the area title. He hit three long birdie putts in that round, all estimated at 30 feet or more.
Christian Chavez, jr, Liberty
Brandon In, fr, Stockdale
Dean McBride, sr, Stockdale
Will Naworski, sr, Garces
Trevor Stan, sr, Liberty
Anthony Starbuck, soph, Bakersfield
Bakersfield Christian: Owen Schoneveld
Centennial: Scott Barksdale, Jared Buntley
Garces: Johnny Hathaway, Matt Layton, Colton Rudie
Highland: Dylan Faulkner
Independence: Jason Torres
Liberty: Warren Miller
North: Hunter Hopkins, Tyler Smart
Shafter: C.J. Knapp
South: Joey Macias
Stockdale: Jared Kinoshita
Tehachapi: Wesley Barton
West: Keaton Punch