Young golf team answers mental test

By: Matt Long
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Folsom High's golf team answered the mental challenge that last week presented in back-to-back tournaments. The young Bulldogs shot decent scores, but also learned how to stay focused and mentally tough in tournament play. The last two days gave our young team lots of experience at what it means to play and be mentally focused to perform two days in a row, Folsom coach Steve Burgess said. On Monday at the Thunder Invitational at Sunset Whitney, the Bulldogs shot a 411, which placed them in the middle of a 20-team field. Freshman Joel Slak led the team with a six-over-par 78, followed by 79s by Taylor Knoll and D.J. Christensen. Brian Knoll finished his round in 84 strokes, while Mike Salzano shot a 91 and Alex Morgan finished in 92 strokes. On April 1 the Bulldogs placed third in the second Delta River League Tournament held at Cherry Island in Elverta, shooting a 392, trailing Jesuit (372) and Pleasant Grove (391). Christensen shot a 2-over-par 74, followed by Taylor Knoll (75) and Brian Knoll's 76. Slak fired an 80, while Morgan came in at 87 and Salzano shot 110. The good thing is that we're still in second place, 28 strokes behind Jesuit, but 20 strokes in front of third-place Pleasant Grove, Burgess said. The team's next action is the third Delta River League Tournament on Tuesday at Wildhawk.