Campolindo boys golfer Ryan Burnett takes NCGA/CIF NorCal Championship

Campolindo High junior Ryan Burnett birdied his first and final hole Monday to earn medalist honors in the NCGA/CIF NorCal Championship at Corral De Tierra Country Club in Salinas.

His 4-under par 68 just edged the effort by Josh McCarthy of De La Salle, which was runner-up as a team. Burnett had six birdies including two on his final three holes, the last a 498-yard par 5 venture.

McCarthy’s 3-under 69 tied with Chris Ebster of Gregori-Modesto and the Spartans’ combined 16-0ver was second to Bellarmine’s 5-over. Those two teams and Harker-Saratoga advance to the CIF State Championship at San Gabriel Country Club on June 1, as do Burnett and Dublin’s Rei Echizenya as individuals.

The next highest individual finishers were Echizenya and Gaels teammate Hayden Hui, whose 2-over and 3-over placed them tied for 15th and 17th respectively.

Rounding out De La Salle’s scores were Nick Orecchia (3-over), Travis Mitchell (4-over), Ethan Atherstone (6-over) and Cade Meyer (6-over).

Burnett tied with two others atop the leaderboard at the NCS Tournament of Champions on May 16 but was beat by Mitchell in a playoff. Campolindo placed second at that tournament and sixth on Monday.




De La Salle one of 14 teams to advance past NCS boys golf Division 1 qualifier

De La Salle's Josh McCarthy pumps his fist as he celebrates sinking a putt for a birdie on the eleventh hole during the North Coast Section Division 1 qualifier boys golf tournament at San Ramon Golf Course in San Ramon, Calif., on Monday, May 9, 2016. Jake Eastman from Maria Carrillo looks on. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

De La Salle’s Josh McCarthy, left, pumps his fist as he celebrates sinking a putt for a birdie on the eleventh hole during the North Coast Section boys golf Division 1 qualifying tournament at San Ramon Golf Course in San Ramon on Monday. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

De La Salle’s Josh McCarthy finished atop the leaderboard at the North Coast Section Division 1 boys golf qualifier Monday, leading the Spartans to first place as a team and entry into the NCS Division 1 Tournament of Champions next Monday.

McCarthy’s 4-under par 68 on San Ramon Golf Course was three strokes below the next best — Noah Woolsey of Amador Valley, which finished fourth as a team — and De La Salle finished with a cumulative 377.

Ryan Helgans had a 73 to top second-place San Ramon Valley (382). Brendan Hy and Ansh Roge each carded 76 for third-place Amador Valley (385).

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Foothill boys golf breaks school record with 11-under

For all the success the Foothill High boys golf program has had, this year’s Falcons squad found a way to genuinely impress coach Bill Hayes.

Foothill shot 11 under par as a team at Callippe Preserve Golf Course on Wednesday to smash a school record Hayes figured would stand for some time.

“Two years ago we did 8-under. I thought I‘d never see that again. But 11-under…. I really did not see that coming,” Hayes said. “In 40 plus years, I’ve never had a team do something like this. I haven’t heard of anything in our area. It was absolutely ridiculous, and it was wonderful obviously.”

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Girls golf: Carondelet, Dougherty Valley punch state tourney ticket at NorCal Championships

Carondelet and Dougherty Valley advanced to the CIF State Girls Golf Championships by placing second and third respectively at the CIF NorCal Championships in Salinas on Monday.

Carondelet junior Angela Bagasbas finished fifth individually with a 3-over 75 on The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch. Dougherty Valley senior Tiffany Cha fired a 5-over 77 to tie for third with Amador Valley’s Miranda Wang and Lexi Perri of Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills.

St. Francis-Mountain View won with a team score of 409, six strokes ahead of Carondelet and Dougherty Valley. Monte Vista placed fourth at 425 led by Hailey White, whose 6-over 78 was tied with Carondelet’s Yealimi Noh and two others for ninth individually.

Wang and White will join Carondelet and Dougherty Valley at the state championships Nov. 17 at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach as individual qualifiers.

Rounding out East Bay entrants in the individual Top 20 were Dougherty Valley’s Yoonhee Kim, who was the medalist at NorCals last year, and Carondelet’s Annika Borrelli with scores of 8-over 80.

Carondelet’s team score included Isabel Minton (17-over 89), Alexis Browne (21-over 93) and Courtney Gaoiran (23-over 95).

Dougherty Valley’s team score was rounded out by Janica Ha (11-over 83), Siobhan Sher (15-over 87), Sammy Lee (16-over 88) and Reini Lin (19-over 91).



DLS’ Justin Pagila ties course record with 9-under par round

De La Salle golfer Justin Pagila tied a Diablo Country Club course record when he fired a 9-under par 62 on Monday during the De La Salle golf invitational. Pagila’s impressive round helped the Spartans win the team title at the event over second place Christian Brothers-Sacramento and third place Jesuit. Pagila finished nine strokes ahead of second place Shintaro Ban of Archbishop Mitty.

According to Aaron Wells, the head pro at Diablo Country Club, only two others have carded a 62 at Diablo Country Club — Bud Shank in 1962 and Geoff Gonzalez in 2011.


Alameda’s Na wins state title

Big time news from Rancho Cucamonga this afternoon! Alameda High golfer Grace Na is bringing the California Interscholastic Federation state golf championship back to Alameda as she shot a 74 to win the individual title at Red Hill Country Club.

Na edged out St. Francis-Sacramento golfer Briana Mao, who shot a 75. The Hornets finished fourth as a team, followed by Amador Valley in fifth.

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Coaching series

We are running a three-part series on high school coaches. The series started Monday with stories on coaches who are starting out. Tuesday’s package will be on coaches and what they endure to stay at it, and Wednesday we will close with coaches who got out. What’s surprised me is the candor of which coaches spoke of their respective hardships, especially in dealing with parents. It used to be whenever a coach told a reporter about anything in that realm it was prefaced by “this is off the record.” These days dissatisfaction with a coach is much more out in the open and thus many coaches are more willing to talk about these instances. Just checking the Times discussion boards or any other such boards demonstrates that. Another example of how life has changed in the cyber-era.



Well it’s that time of the decade again where the North Coast Section sits all its member schools down at a table and everyone reminds themselves how much they don’t get along. Cynical, yes. Out of touch with reality, no. In today’s Times, Chace Bryson explores the new proposals for league configurations. I looked at these changes this morning and suddenly the new hotbed for controversy is the Bay Shore Conference, within whose boundaries I happen to live.

First thing’s first: This is one of the most political processes you’re ever going to see in high school athletics. Why? Because it directly affects the purse strings that govern competitive equity. That’s especially true when it comes to the ACCAL and BSAL. The new alignment puts Kennedy back in the ACCAL with fellow WCCUSD schools De Anza, El Cerrito, Pinole Valley, and Richmond and also adds John Swett and St. Patrick-St. Vincent to the mix. Does anyone actually believe the Eagles are equipped to compete in any sports other than soccer and basketball in this league? No. What this does is lessen the travel costs for the WCCUSD, and that’s what dictated this move.

We have to put this proposal in perspective. Yes, money is a major factor in these talks whereas the new Valley Conference had concerns over competitive balance. The most popular dissenting opinion for these new leagues is that some schools are concerned with the fact that they can’t compete. I’m not indifferent to those opinions and I can tell you watching a blowout night after night is much less fun than seeing a good game. But the bottom line is this: We need to get these kids on the field and on the court. These moves allow teams like Kennedy and Richmond to cut costs and might allow them to establish some consistency in fielding teams. I care less about the ability to compete than the opportunity to compete and, to a large extent, these moves show that the NCS Board of Managers does too.