Falcon golfers suffer setback; cling to tie for lead

By: Staff Report
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The Folsom Lake College men’s golf team took a step backward in their quest for the Big 8 Conference championship Tuesday, as they finished third behind American River and Santa Rosa in conference tournament No. 11 on Tuesday at Rancho Murieta Country Club.

The Falcons were unable to take advantage of playing on their home course, as they finished six strokes behind ARC and just three back of SRJC. The loss allowed Santa Rosa to move back into a first-place tie with FLC at the top of the Big 8 standings with just one tournament to play.

The Falcons appeared to be on their way to victory after nine holes with several players shooting at or under par. But things quickly unraveled on the back nine for the home team and the early lead disappeared. Sophomore Joel Slak was the lone standout for FLC as he shot an even-par 72, good enough for second low-medalist. The only other FLC player in the 70’s was freshman Dylan Neal, who shot 79.

The Falcons now play their final Big 8 tournament with only one goal in mind: to defeat Santa Rosa. “It will almost be like a match-play situation, because it doesn’t matter what the other colleges do,” commented coach Barry Zarecky. “It’s a head-to-head match with Santa Rosa for the championship.”

The final tournament will be Tuesday, April 30 at Chardonnay Golf Club in Napa.


Team Scores

American River 390

Santa Rosa 393

Folsom Lake 396

Modesto 409

Sierra 412

Delta 420

Napa Valley 423


FLC Individuals (par 72)

Joel Slak 72

Dylan Neal 79

Brad Peil 81

Tom Crowther 82

Jace Tiller 82

Jordan Sato-Sterni 82


Big 8 Standings (after 11 of 12 tournaments)

tie: Santa Rosa 136

Folsom Lake 136

Sierra 102

Modesto 89

American River 65

Delta 58

Napa Valley 24