On the Graeagle Meadows green for the High School Golf League opener are, from left, Samatha Busselen of QHS, Kevin Store of CHS, Michael Garibotti of PHS and Carson Gibbs from Westwood.

High School golf league opening day was worth the wait

Chester’s Sierra Clarke eyes her target before taking a swing.

Four groups of high school golfers were able to get on the green April 23 for an incredible day of play. The weather was ideal and the course at Graeagle Meadows was in ideal condition. Portola, Quincy, Chester and Westwood took to the green for the season opener.

Ronnie Theobald, Chester head golf coach and PGA head professional at Bailey Creek Golf Course was kind enough to report the results of the day.

“The Portola Tigers won the match with a team score of 452,” said Theobald. Chester came in second with a score of 552. Owen Bowling of Portola had the low round with a score of 78. He was followed by teammate Kyle Goodman with a score of 83.

The traditional opener for the county, centrally located Mt. Huff Golf Course was once rescheduled and eventually cancelled due to excess water.

The second round of golf took place at Plumas Pines Golf Course on April 25. In this second match Portola won again with a team score of 499. Chester Volcanoes came in with a score of 565. PHS Tiger Owen Bowling hit the low round again with a score of 80. Downieville High School senior Hunter Davey pulled in second with a score of 90.

The next match took place at Whitehawk Ranch yesterday, April 30. Scores will be found here in your Sports Section next week. Dates for “greentime” are a “no-go” for Bailey Creek, Lake Almanor County Club and Lake Almanor West. The courses have opening dates of May 3 and 17, which doesn’t leave enough time for high school play. “We will just have a four-match season this year,” said Theobald.

Tomorrow, May 2, the teams are scheduled to play at the beautiful Grizzly Ranch starting at 12:40 p.m. and then, that’s it for regular matches, those will be the four. The season compressed due to the extended winter. The NSCIF championship location will be in Redding on Tuesday, May 7.

High School Golf Masters Tournament is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, at The Links at Rolling Hills outside of Corning.

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