By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
In windy conditions along the water in San Leandro, the golf season came to an end Monday for Redwood Empire high school golfers.
No individuals or teams from the area advanced out of the Tournament of Champions at Monarch Bay Golf Course. The top three teams and four individuals will move on to next Monday’s NorCal Tournament.
Cardinal Newman’s Brandon Bone shot the low round by an Empire golfer. He finished with 78 on the par-71 course. That was three strokes more than the final qualifier.
The conditions were brutal, according to Montgomery head coach Jess Stimack.
“The wind was blowing 30 miles per hour and never let up,” he said. “It was howling the entire time the kids were out there.”
Bone said it was a difficult day.
“I’m not used to conditions like that,” he commented. “I added at least two clubs on shots into the wind.
“I could’ve played better. I missed a couple of 10-footers for birdies and I double-bogeyed my next-to-last hole. I felt I had to par that hole to advance to next Monday but wound up three-putting.”
Bone played practice rounds last Thursday and Friday when the wind was minimal. “It was nothing like the practice rounds,” he said.
Michael Danielski, winner of the North Bay League tournament, came in with an 85.
“I hadn’t played in conditions like that before,” the Maria Carrillo senior said. “The wind never stopped.
“On my drives, I had to aim far left or far right to compensate for the wind. My putting was decent, but overall it was a struggle.”
Montgomery’s team, the NBL champs, shot 431. The final qualifying spot went to Monte Vista with 399 strokes.
“I was pleased how the guys played considering the conditions,” Stimack said. “There was a cross-wind on nearly every hole.”
Rory Fette led the team with an 83. Nick Bautista shot 85 and he was followed by Carson Wyatt (86), Devan Becker (87), Casey Hughes (90) and Jared Friday (91).
“We only lose one player to graduation,” Stimack said. “The others will be back and this will be a learning experience.”
Analy, the winner of Sonoma County League regular season play, was disqualified. Only three scores were submitted for the Tigers. The low score was an 86 by Nick Pearson.
El Molino’s Keaton Kithcart, who made it to the TOC by way of the Division 1 qualifier, shot 85.