Cienega qualifies for state tournament & Gentry Hicks cracks top 10 for Utahby Andy Morales on Oct. 09, 2012, under Sports
VAIL, Arizona – Cienega needed one more qualifying score to get their ticket punched to the Division-I state tournament set for October 29-30 in Laveen. To do so, they also had to get past Sabino.
Sabino qualified for the D-II state tournament in mid-September but the competition is always good between these two teams and Sabercat head coach Rod Allen is still playing with his lineup to see which five boys will travel to the state tournament.
Likewise, Tim Nichols will have to make a couple of tough decisions on who will make the Bobcat travel team. There are only five spots available but golfers can be shuffled in on the second day if needed.
David Rauer came in with the lowest round (37) for Cienega with his teammate Tanner Doughty coming in one stroke back (38). Matt Spahr led Sabino (39).
The match was played on the back nine at Del Lago, a first for Cienega. It turned out to be a bit challenging with lower than average scores recorded from some of the best from Southern Arizona.
Billy Comeaux (43), Joel Berkson (43), Austin Rustand (46) and Jacob Blomquist (52) rounded out the scores for Sabino while Jacob Coles (40), Robert Swanson (41) and Zach Emerson (50) scored for Cienega.
Cienega went on to win the match 156 to 171 and the AIA formula for state qualifying put Cienega in the tournament.
Cienega and Sabino are slated to play in the Santa Rita Invite scheduled for October 19-20 at Silverbell. Also scheduled to play are: Amphitheater, Buena, Cholla, Dobson, Douglas, Ironwood Ridge, Marana, Nogales, Palo Verde, Pueblo, Rincon, Sahuarita, Sahuaro, Santa Rita, Tucson High and Walden Grove. Save Dobson, it’s pretty close to a Southern Arizona championship.
STATE QUALIFYING TEAMS
D-I: Cienega and Ironwood Ridge.
D-II: CDO, Sabino and Salpointe.
STATE QUALIFYING INDIVIDUALS
D-I: Gabriel Borboa, Tucson High; Briggs Duce, Buena and Jimin Yoo, Buena.
D-II: Carmelo Padilla, Flowing Wells and Keaton Smith, Catalina Foothills.
Nichols takes his team to San Diego during their fall break for five intense days of training. They stay on a military base and play military courses like the Admiral Baker, Sea ‘N Air and the Naval Base San Diego Performance Center.
They play two days of 18 holes followed by three days of 36. The golfers also meet the commanding officer and Nichols feels it helps with discipline and team building.
Gentry Hicks, CDO 2011 graduate and University of Utah sophomore, had his first collegiate golf top ten finish when he tied for eighth in the Pac-12 Preview at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club’s Witch Hollow course just outside Portland, Oregon.
Hicks shot 71, 68, 72 (5-under par 211) to lead Utah (884) to an eleventh place finish right behind Arizona (873).
The University of Arizona was represented by Trent Redfern (77, 67, 70 – T20), Erik Oja (71, 73, 74 – T26), Alex McMahon (Ironwood Ridge 2011 graduate 76, 73, 75 – T41), Tucker Wadkins (73, 81, 71 – T45), and Dylan Healey (82, 73, 78 – 58th).
California (835) won the team event and Washington’s Trevor Simsby (205) was the individual medalist. From CDO coach John Farbarik.