Earning Green

It’s not Augusta, but he still earned his green attire.
Foothill High School junior Justin Gabbert picked up his leafy colored gear for the first time at Monday’s North Coast Section South Qualifier.
Gabbert fired a 1-under-par 71 at Lone Tree Golf Course in Antioch for his first sub-par 18-hole round of his career.
The Falcons’ No. 3 golfer, Gabbert has been even-par or one or two over, but could never quite break the par barrier.
His round at Lone Tree earned him a green golf bag from Castlewood Country Club, which rewards its junior members with a green golf bag when they achieve their first under-par 18-hole round.
“It took me long enough,” said Gabbert after his round. “I played solid all day long and was hitting my irons well all day long.”
At the NCS South Qualifier, Gabbert started the 8 a.m. shotgun start on the eighth hole and was two over after his first four holes. But birdies on holes 12, 13, two and six helped him card one of the day’s eight rounds under par at the event that featured 139 golfers.
And it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Gabbert’s round plus that of teammate and fellow junior Anthony Machi, who also shot a 71, helped Foothill finish second at the qualifier with a five-golfer score of 11-over 371.
De La Salle won the qualifier with a 366 and also had two golfers in Andrew Haggen and J.P. Gross card 71s.