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Monday, May 12 2014 11:06 PM

Stockdale boys golf fall short at section tournament

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Frontier's Konner Baker shoots for the 9th green during the boys Central Section team Championships held at Buena Vista Golf Course Monday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    DJ Simos from Frontier keeps his eyes on the ball as he putts on the 9th green during the boys Central Section team Championships held at Buena Vista Golf Course.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Frontier's Ethan Hicks lines up his putt during the boys Central Section team Championships held at Buena Vista Golf Course Monday.

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    Phillip McNamara from Stockdale watches his putt during the boys Central Section team Championships held at Buena Vista Golf Course Monday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Stockdale High's Jason Yang tracks his putt on the 9th green during the boys Central Section team Championships held at Buena Vista Golf Course.

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    Stockdale's Blake Bourelle prepares to putt it in during the boys Central Section team Championships held at Buena Vista Golf Course.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Michael Chang from Stockdale shoots for the 9th green during the boys Central Section team Championships held at Buena Vista Golf Course Monday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Stockdale's Jared Kinoshita shoots for the 9th green during the boys Central Section team Championships held at Buena Vista Golf Course Monday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    A wad of gum attached to Central High's Chandler Vanelswyk's ball flies off the ball as he shoots for the 9th green in the boys Central Section team Championships held at Buena Vista Golf Course.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Central High's Chandler Vanelswyk, right, playing with the group of Konner Baker, Frontier, left, and Jacob Swanson, CVC, check out Vanelswyk's golf ball that picked up a wad of gum on his shot to the 9th green. The ball first hit a golf cart in the boys Central Section team Championships held at Buena Vista Golf Course.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Central High's Chandler Vanelswyk's golf ball picked up a wad of gum after his shot to the 9th green first hit a golf cart in the boys Central Section team Championships held at Buena Vista Golf Course. After a brief discussion he played it and the piece of gum flew off and he got on the green.

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BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer zewing@bakersfield.com

TAFT -- Inexperience, a tough course and even tougher opponents was a combination that Stockdale's boys golf team couldn't overcome during the Central Section Boys Golf Team Championships on Monday at Mifflin-Buena Vista Golf Course.

The defending champion Mustangs, who don't have a senior in their starting lineup, shot 400 as a team and finished third in Division I behind Clovis West (381) and Clovis North (396).

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Boys golf

Central Section Team Championships

At Mifflin-Buena Vista; par 72

*--advances to CIF Southern Cal regional

DIVISION I

*CLOVIS WEST (381) -- Trevino 70, Yamaguchi 74, Nishimura 77, Harold 79, Mikus 81 (Winn 86)

CLOVIS NORTH (396) -- Loosiaian 77, Page 78, Springer 78, Stewart 81, Legora 82 (Farragia 83)

STOCKDALE (400) -- Kinoshita 77, McNamara 78, Bourelle 81, Yang 82, Vignolo 82 (Chang 85)

PORTERVILLE-MONACHE (407) -- Phillips 79, Badders 80, Nichols 81, Margosian 82, Martinez 85 (Givens 89)

LEMOORE (444) -- Andrada 80, Pederson 86, DeRoad 86, Mercer 95, Ahilin 97 (Coeler 100)

GARCES (460) -- Barnett 82, Antongiovanni 92, Petrini 92, Emslie 96, Gapper 98 (Guieletti 101)

DIVISION II

*FRESNO-CENTRAL (395) -- Vanelswyk 74, O'Malley 76, Clark 77, Propps 83, Bispo 85 (Caro 87)

FRONTIER (403) -- Baker 77, Hicks 80, Chamberlain 80, Simos 81, Sloan 85 (Weiner 86)

VISALIA-CENTRAL VALLEY CHRISTIAN (426) -- Stone 80, Swanson 82, Karayan 84, te Velde 86, Kampen 94 (Zysling 107)

"Clovis West was a huge favorite, and we knew that," Stokdale coach Dan Lemon said. "That said, I'm really proud of the way our boys competed. A lot of them hadn't been on this stage before, and they got a taste of a Division I championship."

Stockdale's best score all season was a 394, so the Mustangs -- who have been without sophomore Brandon In, their top returning player, all year because of a shoulder injury -- would have had to be at their very best to compete.

In fact, the best score carded by any Kern County team this season came from Liberty, which shot 392 at least week's final Southwest Yosemite League meet and was two strokes shy of a wild-card qualification for the section finals.

"We had to be on top of our game," Lemon said. "We couldn't afford any letdowns."

And some of Stockdale's players did perform at their peak. Phillip McNamara, a freshman who plays at No. 5, birdied three straight holes on the back nine and shot a 6-over-par 78, close to his career best. Blake Bourelle, a sophomore at No. 4, had an 81, and junior Ryan Vignolo had an 82 at No. 6.

But No. 1 Jared Kinoshita said he struggled with windy, dry conditions and fast greens en route to a 77.

"It was probably the best 77 I've ever had," said Kinoshita, a junior. "I didn't have all my tools, so I was grinding all day."

Jason Yang and Michael Chang, two more freshmen, shot 82 and 85, respectively, to round out a good round for Stockdale -- but not a great round.

"It was real hard to hold shots to the greens, and the wind made it more challenging," Lemon said. "It was a difficult course today."

As Clovis West ran away with the Division I title behind a 2-under-par 70 from James Trevino, a 74 from Jeff Yamaguchi and a 77 from Trent Nishimura, the real drama was left for the Division II race.

There, Frontier shot 403, one of the Titans' better rounds of the season, behind a 77 from Konner Baker.

"We played all right, but we were actually better in practice on Thursday)," Baker said. "I missed a lot of putts, too many putts."

Still, the Titans' 403, buoyed by 80s from Ethan Hicks and Ryan Chamberlain, looked good for a repeat Division II title until Fresno-Central's final two scores came in.

A 74 from Chandler Vanelswyk and a 77 from Kyle Clark were enough to push the Grizzlies to a 395. That not only won a Division II title, but it also pipped Clovis North for the second best score overall, and with it the final spot at the CIF Southern California regionals on June 2.

"That was a ridiculous Division II scoreboard," Titans coach Nick Kaiser said. "I've never seen a Division II team even close to qualifying for the regional."

Twelve individuals also qualify for the regional at next Tuesday's Central Section Individual Championships in Madera.

Garces, led by Mike Barnett's 82, shot a 460 and finished sixth out of six Division I teams.

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