Del Oro golfers find more success

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Austin Smotherman gave himself a shot at one of the most prestigious titles in American golf Tuesday in Bremerton, Wash., one day after fellow Del Oro High product Eric Ash posted an impressive result closer to home. Smotherman shot an even-par 72 Tuesday in the second round of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championshp at Gold Mountain’s Olympic Course. His two-round total of 149 (5-over-par) qualified him for the match play competition today. Smotherman finished three shots under the cut line of 152 to land a spot in the 64-player match play tournament. Meanwhile Ash, who gradated from Del Oro in June, was sensational at the Northern California Golf Association Amateur Stroke Play Championship last weekend at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach. Ash fired a final-round of 5-under-par 67 and was the runner-up in one of the NCGA’s most competitive tournaments. Ash finished at -3 overall after shooting a 74 in the first round and a 72 in Round 2. St. Mary’s College golf coach Scott Hardy won the NCGA Amateur title, finishing at -6. — Todd Mordhorst