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SSUgolf:Highhopesfor2018

IanHoffmancaptainstheSSUmen’steam

SonomaState’smen’sgolfteamhasanationalchampionshipbannerforitsoutstandingeffortin2009,butcoachValVerhunceiscautiouslyoptimistictheteamcanrisetonationalprominenceagaininthenot-too-distantfuture。

“Wedidn’tplaythatwellinthefall,eitherthemenorthewomen,”explainsVerhunce,theonlycoacheitherprogramhasknown。

Valstartedthemen’sprogramin2002andthewomen’sin2007。

“We’vehadatoughtimefinishingtournaments。





HesaidtheSeawolveshaveeitherheldaleadorbeennearthetournamentlead,“thenweloseground”infallevents,knownasthe“non-championship”portionoftheseason。

ButValsaidpracticeshavebeengoingwellandplayersseemtohavere-focusedonwhatneedstobedone。

Hesaidthefactbothteamshadbeenincontentionshowswhattheyarecapableofachieving。

“Wehavealotofyoungplayers,especiallyonthewomen’steam,”saysVal,notingfivefroshandthreetransfers。

Asfarasbothteams,heislookingfortheplayers“togrowintotheabilitytotakeresponsibilityfortheirowngames,onandoffthecourse。



LeadingthewayforthemenhasbeenIanHoffman,ajunioroutofShastaHighinRedding。

“He’sbeenplayingwellandwillbereadyfortheseason。



OthertopplayersincludesophomoreDevinGreggfromDrakeHighinSanAnselmo,SpencerClapp,ajuniorfromDecaturHighinFederalWay,WA。

andjuniorDexterSimondsfromLibertyHighinBellevue,WA。

wholeadstheteaminfallstrokeaveragewitha75。

0infourevents。

“Thegirlshaveatougherroadtogettothenationalsthisseason–morecompetition–buttheycoulddoit,”encouragesVerhunce。

SabrinaVirtusiohasbeenleadingthewayforSSUwomen

Postinglowscoresforthewomen’steamhavebeenco-captainsSabrinaVirtusio,ajuniorfromCarondeletHighandSamanthaOliva,ajuniorfromPresentationHighinSanJose?

AnotherplayertowatchisfroshLexiNielsenfromMiraCostaHighinManhattanBeach。

Themen’sdeepisostensiblydeeper,andasVerhuncesays,“ifyoudon’thavedepthyouhavenothing。



HeadmitswinninganationaltitledefinitelyhelpedtheSSUprogramgetexposureanddrawsomegoodplayers,“butyoucan’tsitbackandwaitforpeopletocome。



ThemenresumetournamentplayFeb。

5-6attheFujikuraInvitationalatShadowridgeGCinVista,whilethewomenreturntoactionFeb。

5-6atPLNUReacheventatRiverwalkGCinSanDiego。

ThewomenhostaconferenceeventatSonomaGCApril15,whilethemenhostaCaliforniaCollegiateAthleticAssociationtournamentatFoxtailApril2。

“Boththemenandwomencouldmakeittothepostseason,”saysVerhunce,addingthatneithermadeitlastseason,“andthat’sdefinitelyoneofourgoals。



Butalwaystheoptimist,Verhunceadds“thesekidsknowwhattheyarecapableofdoingandwhattheyhavetodotogetthere。



MaxMorris(right)withMichaelDanielskiduringmatchlastyear

ChallengeforSantaRosaJCmen。



Hehasoneoftheschool’s–andconference’soldestrookiesontherosterthisseason,butSantaRosaJCgolfcoachDaveHerringtonremainsoptimistic。

Herrington,inhis20thseasonleadingtheSRJCteam,welcomed10playersforthe2017-18campaignalthoughhelosttwoprospectiveplayersduetoreasonsarisingfromtheterribleOctoberfires,andonepromisingyoungsterfromThailandhasoptedtoputoffplayinguntilnextseason。

ButbesidesreturningMaxMorris,oneofthetopplayersintheBig8Conference(76。

4strokeaverage),HerringtonwillalsohavetheservicesofRonMyers,highlysuccessfulBearCubbaseballcoachwhohasservedasinterimathleticdirectoratSRJCandisnowretired。

Let’sjustsayRonisoldenoughtovote,butdoesbringawealthofgolfingexperience,andaccordingtoHerrington,“Ronhasbeenplayingalotandshootinginthe70s。

hehasarealgoodchanceofhelpingus。



Herrington’stravelteamfortournamentscanconsistofsixplayers,andMyerscoulddefinitelybeinthatgroup。

Asasignonmywallreads:“I’mnotoverthehill。

I’monthebacknine,”sogoodlucktoRon,agoodguy。

Morris,fromDrakeHigh,gotthenexthighestnumberofvotesbehindtheconferenceMVPlastseason。

HerringtonsaysMorrishasasolidgame,butalsohas“agreatattitudeandhelpsotherplayers,”adding“IcanlecturebutwhenafellowplayerlikeMaxtalks,youlisten。



Othertopplayersincludefirst-yearplayerFrankGawronskifromCasaGrandeandKeatonKithcar,aredshirtlastyearfromElMolino。

“WehavesomenewkidswhoIhaveonlyseenatpractice,soI’mnotsurehowtheywillplayincompetition,”explainsHerrington,whohimselfwasanoutstandingplayeratSRJCwhentheteamwenttoNorCalsaswellasthestatetournament。

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ThefirsttournamentistheBrooksideCC(Stockton)InvitationalFeb。

5andthefirstBig8eventisFeb。

21atWhitneyOaksinRocklin。

SRJCwillhosttwoconferenceevents,bothatWindsor,March12andApril11。

TheNorCalChampionshipisMay7atDragonflyGCinMaderaandthestatetournamentisMay14atasitetobedetermined。

SRJCisintheBig8Northalongwithfiveotherteams,includingDelta,whichmovedfromtheCoastDivisiontotheNorth。

TomakeittoNorCals,ateamhastofinishinthetopthreeinitsdivision。

ThetopfourteamsfromtheNorCalandSoCalfinalsmakeittostate。

Herringtonhasanimpressivepostseasonrecord,havingmadeittoNorCalsallbutoneseason。

TheCubsweresecondintheNorthlastyear。

“Wedidn’tmakeittostatelastseason,buthadgonethepreviouseightyears,”saidHerrington,aidedbyanoutstandinglong-timeassistantinformercollegeandprofootballstarBradMuster。

“Ourbestfinishhasbeen

athirdatstate,butweweretwostrokesoutofsecondandwemissedwinningoneyearbyfivestrokes。



Thereisnowomen’sgolfteamatSRJC,althoughtherewasoneforthreeseasons,endinglastyear。

Theprogramwasavictimofpoorturnout,whichisunfortunateforlocalgirlshopefulofplayingthegame。

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OnSunday,Feb。

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Theformatwillbeatwo-personscramble,whichwillallowgolfers“toplaysomegolfandbedoneintimeforthegame。



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ParticipantsreceiveafreesleeveofProV1sintheyregisterandpre-paybeforeFeb。

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FoxtailisalsoofferinganAnnualPassSpecial,whichnormallysellsfor$1,400,forjust$999。

DeadlinetotakeadvantageoftheofferisDec。

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OtheritemsofinterestfromFoxtail:TheSonomaCountyAmateurhasafirmscheduleddateofMay19-20;thereisagolfbagspecialatFoxtailwhereifyoubuyanygolfbagintheproshopyougetafreeroundofgolf;PlayersClubmembershipisnowonsaleand$139getsyou$10offeveryroundplusyougetonefreeroundwhenyousignup。

Asfarasthecourseitself,FoxtailhasnewlyrenovatedbunkersontheNorthCourse。

Inall,17greensidebunkerswererippedupandreplacementworkdonetoimprovedrainage,includingbunkerslinedandnewsandadded。

ShawnMcEnteewasnamedNorCalPGASeniorPlayeroftheYear

NorCalPGAhonorsNapagolfers

HeadproDavidSolomonofNapaValleyCCinNapahasearnedtophonorsasPlayeroftheYear(RegularDivision),andPGAGolfDirectorShawnMcEntee,formerlyatChardonnayGCinNapa?

pickeduphonorsasSeniorPlayeroftheYear(ages50-64)forthefifthconsecutiveyear。

Shawnhasparticipatedinmorethan30PGATourevents,includingthe1989and1991PGAChampionship,the1992U。

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OpenatPebbleBeach,the2013SeniorPGAChampionshipandthe2014U。

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