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Golf team headed to junior championship match

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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The Sacramento All-Star youth golf team, coached by Will Robins, has advanced to the championship round of the Northern California Professional Golfers Association Jr. League

The 10-player team has defeated teams from Sacramento, Marin and Reno and Sunday will play the South Bay All-Stars for the NCPGA Jr. Championship. A win on Sunday and the team moves on to a regional qualifier in Oregon. The national championship follows that competition.

Robins’ team from Empire Ranch won all eight of its regular season matches on the tour. Five of the players from the Empire Ranch team (Jacob Van Roekel, 12) and 10-year-olds Reese Sato, Joanne Lee, Meghan Paracuelles and Julian Monas, along with Blake Knox, 11, and Weston Prosser, 12, from Darkhorse, Theresa Shaw, 10, and Dominique Peter, 12, from Lake of the Pines and Hudson Solters, 12, of Indian Creek comprise the all-star squad.

“The hardest part was telling seven of my players that they didn’t make the all-star team,” Robins said. “They all deserved to make it. These are kids who shoot in the low 70s and win Jr. Tour events.

“We’ve got a talented team and the kids have enjoyed this tournament and are having a good time. The tournaments are played in a scramble format and it’s a team format so the kids love it. As a coach, it’s a lot of fun to see the kids do well. The PGA has done a phenomenal job with this program.”

An example of the talent came Sunday. The team of Van Roekel and Lee, shot 11-under-par over nine holes, which included two eagles and seven birdies.