The Bulldogs finished the San Joaquin Athletic Association season at 10-0 for the second year in a row and are set to claim their fifth consecutive league title.
Tracy’s 194-217 win over second-place Lodi on Wednesday, April 25, is the Bulldogs’ best score of the year, and included junior Robert Erler’s best nine-hole score to date, a 2-under par 34 at Old River Golf Course.
With a couple bogies on his scorecard, Erler figures his score should have been even lower, but otherwise everything worked, right down to the three birdies in a row on the final three holes.
“I one-putted the last two holes,” he said. “I just hit good drives and was making contact, and hit the ball where I wanted to hit it.”
He added that this kind of play is what the team needs with league, division and section tournaments coming up over the next few weeks.
“If we make it to division as a team, that’s great. If we make it as individuals, that’s good too,” Erler said.
Senior Anthony Napoli said his score of 40 wasn’t his best, but because everybody on the team consistently shoots in the high 30s and low 40s, the players never lose their confidence.
“We’re all relatively close to each other,” he said. “We just practice hard, and if we have a bad day, we’ll help that person out.”
He added that players always bounce back from off days — on Wednesday, his putts were right at the cup, but wouldn’t go in — so he figures he’s due for some good rounds.
“My last couple tournaments weren’t the best, so I’m trying to get revenge,” Napoli said.
Other scores for the Bulldogs on Wednesday included a 38 for Alec Stroup, a 40 for Shivam Swami, a 42 for Talon Simmons and a 47 for Giovanni Manguray.
Next up for Tracy is the SJAA tournament on Monday, April 30, at Lockeford Springs Golf Course east of Lodi.
With a 10-0 league record, the Bulldogs are almost assured of a repeat SJAA title.
The league champion is determined based on the teams’ league record and their places in the tournament, with the tournament counting as if it’s a third round of league play. Even if Tracy finishes second or third on Monday, the Bulldogs will still claim the league title.
Kimball 195, Weston Ranch 259, Lathrop 293
Kimball’s golfers played a three-way match on Tuesday, April 24, at French Camp Golf Course, finishing with wins over both Weston Ranch and Lathrop to move the Jaguars to 13-5 and 8-5 in the Valley Oak League.
Philip Simpson shot an even-par 32, Brett Williams shot 35, Riley Pizl 40, Reese Maxfield 42, Michael Crooms 46, and Kyle Dejesus shot 57.