The result: On Monday, the golf team took home the Sac Joaquin Section Division I South championship banner after the Bulldogs shot their best team score of the year — 376 for five golfers on the par-72 Creekside Golf Course in Modesto.
“They went into it knowing that they had a good chance as a team,” Solano said, adding that the team score includes the best scores yet for four golfers on the team, and all six golfers broke 90.
Among those scores, Anthony Manguray led with a four-under 68. His was the second-best score of the day, right behind Turlock High’s Sam Smith. Other personal best scores for Tracy included: Kirk Leopoldo 74, Corey Devlin 78 and Brian Mantor 84.
Tracy also got a solid round from Jake Pineo, whose one-under 71 put him in a tie for third place with Daniel Corvig of Johansen High of Modesto. Tracy’s sixth score, not counted in the total, was Zack Jackson’s 88.
The Tracy team edged ahead of Turlock, which had a team score of 380, and San Joaquin Athletic Association rival Lincoln came in third with 394. All three of those teams will advance to the Master’s tournament Monday at The Reserve in Stockton. That event will include 14 teams from Divisions I to VI, plus 27 at-large golfers who also were among the top golfers at their division tournaments.
Those include West High’s Phil Kim, who shot a 74 at Creekside on Monday. West’s other players, who entered the Division I South tournament as at-large players, were Brandon Vergel de Dios 88, Brett Steele 88 and Brent Lewis 89.
Other golfers in the top six were Chris Kiriv of Johansen, 72, and Jordan Sato-Sterni of Lincoln, 73.