Casa Grande extends golf win streak

By HOWARD SENZELL
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

SONOMA — The longest current winning streak in Redwood Empire high school sports belongs to the Casa Grande boys golf team.

Tuesday at Sonoma Golf Club, the Gauchos made it 27 straight Sonoma County League victories by defeating Sonoma Valley, 214-255.

“We haven’t lost a league match since 2010 when I was a sophomore,” said Corey Ghiringhelli, the team’s No.1 player and statistician.

Ghiringhelli took medalist honors Tuesday with a 3-over par 39. The teams competed on the front nine, which measures 3,364 yards from the blue tees.

“I was a little disappointed with the way I played,” the senior said. “I 3-putted three greens and you’re not going to post a low score when you do that.
“The pins were positioned on the back part of the greens and I left my approach shots 60-to-80 feet from the hole. That’s 3-putt territory.”

Ghiringhelli’s score was one shot over his league handicap.

The long-driving right-hander got good support from his teammates as Taylor Battaglia came in with 43, followed by Forest Smith, 44; Ryan Garfield, 45; and Bradley Skubic, 46.

It’s no surprise Casa is atop the standings. Ghiringhelli and Battaglia are two of the top four players in the SCL. Petaluma’s Matt Mederios and Windsor’s Connor Jeffries are the others.

The Gauchos are 10-0 this year with two matches remaining before the league tournament at Oakmont West.
Sonoma’s record is 2-8. Tom Hickerson, who is in his 38th season as coach, said this is a rebuilding year.

“We’re very, very young,” he said. “We play four freshmen, one junior and a senior. By the time our youngest players are juniors, we’ll be pretty good.”

Senior Rab Byrd’s 42 was low man for the Dragons. He was followed by Taylor Battaglia, 43; Ryan Garfield, 45; Bradley Skubic, 46; and Forest Smith 44.

Byrd, who played in the group with Battaglia and Ghiringhelli, was disappointed with his round.

“I had four bogeys, a double and 3-putted four greens,” he said. “That was the story of my round.”
The course was in pristine shape despite recent rains.