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Golfing is great

Portola Tiger Owen Bowling hits out of the rough at Grizzly Ranch on May 2. Photos by Mari Erin Roth

High School golfers have been experiencing ideal weather on the green after Mother Nature initially delayed the season’s start. The high school teams have been golfing on incredibly beautiful courses around Plumas, but it is not as easy as it sounds.

“There are lots of places to lose your ball here,” cautioned Chester High School head golf coach Ronnie Theobold. He briefed the teams before the first round of golfers teed off at Grizzly Ranch on May 2. With dozens of hooks and turns, the scenic course near Lake Davis offers plenty of challenges.

Portola High School’s Brandon Kotric of Portola had the low for the day of 78. Tiger Owen Bowling and Vol Sawyer Durkin both finished with 80.

Chester won the match with a team score of 430. Portola was second with a team 480.

On May 4, the teams hit another scenic destination course, Whitehawk Ranch. Chester finished the season undefeated with a tournament score of 407.The Volcanoes were led by senior Durkin, who finished his high school gold career with a score of 73.

“A season and career low for the now three-time Feather River League MVP, Durkin averaged 78.6 this season through the six league matches,” said CHS head golf coach Ronnie Theobold.

The Volcanoes had a very good day at Whitehawk with two other CHS golfers hitting season lows: Jeremiah Mosley with 80 and Kurt Stiarwalt at 82.

The season ended with Chester in first, followed by Portola, Downievilleand Quincy. Tiger and Volcano golfers headed to Arbuckle Country Club May 7 to make their marks at the Division III Section Championship.

Two Portola golf team members qualified to move on: Owen Bowling and Mike Garibotti.

“All of the Chester golfers qualified for Arbuckle,” said Theobold. CHS brought along the league low leader, Durkin.

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