Three golfers qualify for Tournament of Champions

Maria Carrillo golfer Michael Danielski, shown in a match in April at Foxtail, advanced to the Tournament of Champions. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo golfer Michael Danielski, shown in a match in April at Foxtail, advanced to the Tournament of Champions. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)


Maria Carrillo’s Michael Danielski and El Molino’s Keaton Kithcart weren’t happy with how they played Monday in the NCS Division 1 Qualifier, but both are moving on to the Tournament of Champions.

Danielski posted a 77 and Kithcart finished with an 81 at the Lone Tree Golf Course in Antioch and those scores were low enough to get into the TOC next Monday at Monarch Bay in San Leandro.

Danielski, the medalist during the North Bay League season, got off to a shaky start as he bogeyed three of his first four holes.
It wasn’t a case of nerves that caused him to begin slowly.

“I was spraying the ball to the right,” he said. “Also, my putting was awful.”

By the second nine, Danielski had found his groove and finished his round with eight consecutive pars.

“My problem at the start was that I was steering the ball,” he said. “Once I stopped doing that, things came together.

“I could’ve played better, the senior said. “The important thing is that I advanced to next Monday.

Kithcart shared Danielski’s sentiments.

“I don’t think I played that great,” he said. “I was surprised I made it through. I thought the scores would be lower. The greens were hard and quick. Also, it was tough reading them.”

The senior was 8-over-par through 11 holes and then was only 1-over through his last seven.

“I drove the ball pretty well all day and my approach shots were decent. Putting was the problem for me.”

Medalist honors for the tournament went to Amador Valley’s Noah Woolsey. He shot 71 which is par.

While Kitchcart and Danielski are moving on, their schools were eliminated. El Molino shot 443 while Maria Carrillo came in at 449.

Twelve schools advanced and Granada took the last spot with 433 strokes.

The second best score turned in by an El Molino golfer was an 83 by Trevor Schaap.  For Carrillo, Mason Wheeler came in at 89.

Brandon Bone shot 74 at Blue Rock Springs in Vallejo and that was low enough to get the Cardinal Newman golfer an invitation to the Tournament of Champions.

Bone won a three-man playoff for the third spot. His two opponents bogeyed the par-4 hole while he got a par.

The highlight of his round was a 40-foot birdie on No. 3 which is a par 3. He also birdied a pair of par 5 holes.

“I’m happy my high school career isn’t over,” Bone said. “I missed a few shots but shot low enough to move to the next round.”

St. Helena’s Ryan Johnson just missed advancing. He shot a 75 and lost out in a playoff.

“There were seven of us going for the last four qualifying spots,”  the junior said. “I bogeyed the first playoff hole. Three guys shot par and one guy got a birdie.

“I wasn’t happy with my round. The fairways were narrow and if you didn’t hit it straight, you were under trees or limbs. I was in a lot of trees.”

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