STOCKTON – Tyler Griggs just missed qualifying for next week’s prestigious NorCal event.
The East Union High junior – he’s quite familiar with the windy condition characteristic of the Reserve at Spanos Park – experienced some tough moments in final few holes of the San Joaquin Section Masters Golf Championship on Monday.
“I bogeyed three of the last four holes,” said a disappointed Griggs, who carded a two-over-par 74 on the 18-hole course.
As it turned out, 73 was the cutoff, with Jason McElroy of Rio Americano beating out Dylan Van Ostrand of Kennedy for the final spot among the top four individual qualifiers advancing to the May 20 NorCals at the El Macero Golf & Country Club located near Davis. The others were Dylan McDermott (70) of Granite Bay, Jacob Westberg (71) of Inderkum, and Ryan Meyer (72) of Oakdale.
They’ll join the top three teams in the section consisting of Jesuit (378), Whitney (379) and Davis Sr. (384).
Ripon High and Ripon Christian also competed in the team event in the Masters.
RC was led by Camdan Indelicato, who fired a 76. Danton Indelicato finished with an 89. As a team, the Knights of Division VI had a collective score of 479.
The Indians had a combined score of 478. Ripon of Division V was led by Nico Ilardi and Cade McCusker, who shot 82 and 87, respectively.
“I’m happy that we got to compete (in the Masters),” said Indians coach Chris Musseman. “I thought it was a good experience for our kids even though they struggled with the winds.”
The winds also caught Luke Marcelo of Lathrop High by surprise.
“I knew it was going to be hot,” he said.
Marcelo, who was among the individual qualifier, finished with an 83.
His favorite moment came on the par-3, 13th green.
“I sank a 20 foot putt for par,” Marcelo recalled.