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Bulldogs qualify for Masters

By: Matt Long
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Steve Burgess knew he had a talented golf team, but he also knew talent alone wasn’t enough to achieve the goals he and his team had in mind. Last year’s team qualified for the Master’s Tournament and placed 10th and this year’s squad’s goal is to get one step further, which would be the Northern California Tournament. “I knew this team was talented, but I just didn’t know how that talent was going to react under the pressure of the season,” Burgess said. “To get to NorCals is difficult for a young team, but they picked the goal and you have to admire youth and what they want to get done. “Did I expect this team to get this far? Yes, but we want to compete at the Masters and not just play in it.” Folsom plays in the Masters Tournament on Tuesday at Stevinson Ranch with the top-three teams moving on to Nor-Cals. The Bulldogs qualified for the Masters Tournament by finishing second to Jesuit at the Division I North Section Tournament at Paradise Valley on May 5. Folsom shot a 401, just eight strokes behind the Marauders and five in front of Davis. D.J. Christensen led the way with a 78, but Folsom had a great grouping as Taylor Knoll and Joel Slak shot 79s and Brian Knoll shot an 80. Alex Morgan finished in 85 strokes. Christensen’s 78 was the fifth-best round of the tournament. “We’re very proud that we finished second in the tournament, but at the same time we feel that we had a chance to win this tournament and we let it get away. This is the second week in a row that we played on a difficult course in windy conditions and played well. “We are upbeat and ready to play in the Masters tournament. We have nothing to lose. We will face a lot of very good teams, and we are looking forward to the challenge because there will be a lot to learn for our young team. That can only make us better.”