Menlo Golf advances to CCS Finals by placing second at the CCS Regional Championship played at Rancho Canada Golf Course in Carmel, Calif. on Wednesday.
Menlo shot a team total of 385 strokes, establishing a new Menlo School record low score for the CCS Regional tournament. Shooting a 68, junior Andrew Buchanan was Medalist, finishing first out of 79 high school golfers who represented 11 high school teams.
Buchanan scored four birdies and one bogie in his three under par round. Menlo finished 8 strokes behind top qualifier Palma High School and ahead of Bellarmine and St. Francis High School who captured the 3rd and 4th team qualifier spots.
Senior Jackson Dean and Freshman Ethan Wong both shot 78 for Menlo. Dean recorded 2 birdies and 2 bogies for an even par front 9 today. Dean birdied the tough 196 yard, par 3 third hole after hitting his tee shot to 15 feet and then draining the putt. Ethan Wong started slowly on the front nine but captured momentum by shooting 3 consecutive birdies on holes 7, 8, and 9.
Senior James Huber rose to the occasion by shooting 44 on the front nine and rallying to shoot a sizzling 36, one over par on the tough back 9 at Rancho Canada. As the wind grew stronger throughout the day, Huber’s back nine performance was a huge factor for Menlo and represented Huber’s best 18 hole round score in high school tournament play.
Rounding out the scoring was an 81 by Will Petit who shot 38/43 on the front/back nines. Petit’s round was highlighted by a dramatic eagle on the 521 yard par 5 sixth hole. Petit’s drive travelled 300 yards down the center of the fairway setting up a 220 yard 6 iron that left Petit a 12 foot eagle putt opportunity.
Menlo moves on to CCS Finals next Tuesday at Rancho Canada West in Carmel, Calif.