The Folsom Lake College men’s golf team won’t sneak up on many teams this season after yesterday’s season-opening win over 13 other colleges in the Stanford Invitational.
The Falcons shot a team score of 369, one shot better than runner-up Reedley College and seven ahead of third place Chabot College. The Falcons were led by co-medalist Dylan Neal, who shot a 71 and Joel Slak with a 72. Tom Crowther (74), Brad Piel and Jace Tiller (76) and Jordan Sato-Sterni (82) rounded out the team’s scores.
The tournament also served as Big 8 Conference tournament No. 1, meaning the Falcons are in first place at the top of the Big 8 standings. Last year’s Big 8 champions, Santa Rosa JC, finished fourth overall with 384.
Coach Barry Zarecky was very pleased with his team’s performance, especially his fourth and fifth golfers. “Brad (Piel) and Jace (Tiller) struggled at the start, but really came on strong on the back nine. I was really proud of their mental focus today.”
Zarecky was also impressed with the depth that this year’s team appears to have.
“That’s what we lacked last year; solid play from numbers four, five and six.”
The Falcons shot four strokes better than Chabot College shot last year while winning this tournament. Chabot went on to become the 2012 NorCal Champions and qualified for the state championship tournament.
The Falcons are off until next Tuesday when they’ll play a non-conference match at Napa versus American River, Sierra, and Napa Valley.