All-Empire Golf and Boys Player of the Year

BOYS GOLF
Player of the Year
TONY BOLANDER, Cardinal Newman, Sr.

Prep Golfer of the Year Anthony Bolander of Cardinal Newman.

Well down the league leader board halfway through the prep golf season, Tony Bolander pushed himself and the Cardinal Newman team to finish strong.

Practicing and playing harder after Montgomery ended Cardinal Newman’s 59-match North Bay League winning streak, Bolander led the Cardinals back to the North Coast Section finals. The senior shot with the skill and confidence of the Empire’s Player of the Year.

“After we lost to Montgomery I said, ‘Hey guys, let’s tighten it up and make this season count,’” Bolander said. “Our team became a lot closer and stronger after that.”

Golf’s challenges have driven Bolander to improve as he did this season in averaging just a shot over par in league play.
“It’s such an individual sport. You can never perfect it,” he said.

When not working on his swing, Bolander is playing Northern California junior tournaments and events on the Future Collegians World Tour.

Bolander earned a scholarship to William Jessup University in Rocklin. Walking on at UNLV or USF were options, but Bolander looks to help lead the NAIA program to the national tournament next season.

“I’m ready for college golf,” he said.

FIRST TEAM
Daniel Dalpoggetto, Casa Grande, senior
Nick Rogers, Montgomery, freshman
Evan Knight, St. Vincent, sophomore
Kasey Cazet, Rincon Valley Christian, junior
Vinnie Magliulo, St. Vincent, senior

SECOND TEAM
Corey Ghiringhelli, Casa Grande, junior
Jeff Johnson, Montgomery,
Nate LeBlanc, Cardinal Newman, senior
Jason Brendel, Windsor, junior
Stephen Bird, Rancho Cotate, junior

HONORABLE MENTION
Blaine Ruggio, Middletown, senior
Matt Mederios, Petaluma, junior
Ryder De Salvo, Maria Carrillo, junior
Dominic Brutocao, Ukiah, senior
Alex Wood, Healdsburg, freshman

— Michael Coit, The Press Democrat