The Folsom Lake College men's golf team - the 2019 Big 8 Conference north division champions - continued their outstanding season with a third-place finish in Monday's NorCal Regional Championship at Yolo Fliers Golf Club in Woodland, thereby punching their ticket to next week's CCCAA State Championship Tournament. The 36-hole, one day regional tournament is a marathon, and the Falcons began it with less-than-stellar performances. After 18 holes, the Falcons were in fourth place with a team score of 398 with Fresno City and Monterey Peninsula lurking just two strokes behind and hoping to grab the fourth and final spot for the state tournament. The Falcons trailed third-place Sierra - a team they'd beaten 13 times in 2019 - by six strokes (392) after the morning round. For FLC coach Barry Zarecky, it must have seemed like déjà vu; the Falcons won the 2018 Big 8 title (and 10 consecutive tournaments), only to miss qualifying for the state tournament by six strokes….to Sierra. But this Falcon team stepped up their play in the afternoon round, and with all six Falcons scoring in the 70's, the team recorded a score of 385. Meanwhile, most of the other teams struggled in the afternoon – especially Sierra – and only a couple actually improved their score in the afternoon. Sierra came in with a 414 and fell to sixth overall, while Fresno finished fourth by virtue of their 396 afternoon round. Team champion Reedley was the only team to shoot better than the Falcons in the afternoon, recording a 381.
Individually, sophomore Max Menconi was his usual steady self, shooting 76 in the morning and 74 in the afternoon. Brandon Kelly, also a sophomore, was even more consistent with 77's in both rounds. Interestingly, every Falcon golfer had a better round in the afternoon than their morning score. The afternoon round was just the second time this season that Coach Zarecky had all six golfers score in the 70's, and it paid off for the Falcons!
Team Scores AM / PM Total FLC Individuals AM / PM Total
- Reedley 376 / 381 757 Max Menconi 76 / 74 150
- San Jose City 379 / 391 770 Brandon Kelly 77 / 77 154
- Folsom Lake 398 / 385 783 Drew Greco 81 / 78 159
- Fresno City 400 / 396 796 Krishton Trimp 81 / 78 159
- Monterey Peninsula 400 / 404 804 Ethan Serrano 83 / 78 161
- Sierra 392 / 414 806 Kaden Ward 84 / 79 163
- Napa Valley 413 / 406 819
- Modesto 414 / 407 821
- Santa Rosa 422 / 432 854
The CCCAA State Championship tournament will follow the same 36-hole/one day format and will take place on Monday, May 13 at Silverado Country Club in Napa. The morning round will begin at 8:00 am and the afternoon round will commence at 1:30 pm.