Granite Bay shares SFL golf title; Oakmont comes up short in CVC

Vikings’ Eddings earns league MVP honor
By: Staff Reports
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The good news is, they’ll move on to the postseason. Oh, but what might have been, and still is for Granite Bay High School’s golf team … somewhat. No such luck for Oakmont.

The Grizzlies won the second Sierra Foothill League tournament of the season Tuesday at Catta Verdera Country Club in Lincoln but only shared the SFL championship when they lost to Del Oro 178-184 on Wednesday in a dual match that coach Terry Stafford described as “amazing golf” at Granite Bay Golf Club.

A day after finishing third at Catta Verdera with a 409 team total, Del Oro averaged 35.6 strokes per player against Granite Bay to grab a piece of the SFL pie.

Granite Bay, the reigning CIF state champion, won the tournament with a 389, as four players finished in the top 10 — Jeff Inouye-Wong was second individually at 75, Mason Troike third at 76, Brandon Baumgarten and Zack Kwan tied for seventh at 79, and Bryan Wise tied for 12th at 80.

The Grizzlies assembled an impressive score in a dangerous wind. An oak tree fell over on No. 12, “right in front of my playing group,” Stafford said. No one was hurt.

Woodcreek ace Bryce Johnson was the medalist with a 73.

On the same course, Oakmont shot a 402 to finish five strokes behind Capital Valley Conference champion Christian Brothers. The Vikings needed to beat the Falcons to win the CVC crown.

Oakmont’s Corey Eddings and Connor Day each shot 77, and Eddings wrapped up the league MVP honor with the most points. Ash Patel fired an 81, Zach Will an 83, Conrad Gouran an 84 and Josh Will a 91 for the Vikings. Day, Patel and Zach Will made the All-CVC team.

Oakmont advances to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II tournament Monday at Rancho Solano in Fairfield. Granite Bay will play in the Division I North tournament at Wildhorse in Davis. The section Masters is May 13 at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.

“We have a great chance to move on to the Masters as a team, if we can play up to our potential,” said Oakmont coach Tad Jinguji, whose team finished third in the annual CAL Invitational last weekend.

Oakmont shot a 400 team score at Plumas Pines in Graeagle. Eddings led the Vikings with a 1-over 73 and was fourth individually. Day shot a 75 and tied for sixth.