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NCGA/CIF Boys Northern California High School Championship May 18 | Corral de Tierra


Bellarmine sophomore Eddy Lai stuffed a sand wedge


from 110 yards out to 4 feet on the first hole of sudden death to win a four-man playoff for the NCGA/CIF Northern California Boys High School Championship at Corral de Tierra CC in Salinas. Lai shot a 2-under 70, and was tied by Bellarmine teammate Jensen Li, Granite Bay’s Bryan Baumgarten, Amador Valley’s Noah Woolsey and Pleasant Valley’s Noah Norton. Lai birdied three of his last four holes to go from


1 over and 2 under to make the playoff. (Including the playoff, he actually birdied four of his last five holes.) Li was 4 under after a birdie on No. 11, but bogeyed his final two holes. Norton also bogeyed his final two holes after making his sixth birdie of the day on No. 15. Behind Lai and Li, Bellarmine cruised to the team


title, shooting a record 4-under 356 to beat Granite Bay by five. Other scores from Bellarmine’s record-breaking performance were Austin Murphy (71), Jake Haselden (72), Boots Del Biaggio (73) and Berk Harvey (74). Granite Bay tied the old record of 361, originally set


by St. Francis of Mountain View in 2004. Baumgarten (70), Riley Sullivan (71) and Jeffrey Inouye-Wong (72) all shot par or better. Foothill of Pleasanton, led by 2014 Junior Tour


Championship winner Ryan Knop’s 71, nabbed the third and final qualifying spot to the state champion- ship at 15-over 375, winning the sixth-player-score tiebreaker over Stevenson of Pebble Beach. Palma of Salinas missed out on a spot to state by one stroke. Individual qualifiers to state included players from


non-advancing teams who shot 73 or better: Norton, Woolsey, Stevenson’s Sunny Yan (71), 2014 State Champion Justin Suh (71), Harker’s Shrish Dwivedi (71), Monte Vista’s Christian Banke (72), Gregori’s Chris Ebster (73), and Dublin’s Jacob Salomon (73). Remember that last name.


CIF Boys State High School Championship June 3 | Poppy Hills


Dublin’s Jacob Solomon squeaked into the State Championship as the last qualifying score at the NCGA/ CIF Boys Northern California Championship. Now he’s the California


State High School champion. Solomon birdied No. 16 and eagled No. 18 to leapfrog defending State Champion Justin Suh of Evergreen and Shrish Dwivedi of Harker to shoot a 3-under 68 for a


one-stroke win. Solomon, who will play at


Jacob Solomon Auburn this fall, played the four par


5s at Poppy Hills in 5 under. “I knew Rickie (Fowler) had won it. It’s pretty special to add my name,” Solomon said. “Winning a California state championship is pretty cool, knowing how great everyone here is.” Solomon won three Junior Tour tournaments


between 2011 though 2013, and tied an AJGA record with three straight victories in 2012. Suh nearly pulled off a historic double, finishing a


stroke out of a playoff at both the Northern California Championships and State. No player has won both. Suh, who was also trying to become the first player to win two State titles, reached 3 under through 10 holes, but bo- geyed Nos. 13 and 14, before a closing birdie on No. 18. Dwivedi bounced back from back-to-back bogeys


on Nos. 5 and 6 that dropped him to 2 over with bird- ies on Nos. 16 and 18 to reach 2 under. Southern California took the top three places in the team standings, with Westlake winning its second straight team title, beating Torrey Pines by four. West- lake and Torrey Pines are the only two schools to win two state titles.


Westlake didn’t set its lineup for State


until after a qualifier the day before the championship. “The kids said that yesterday’s compe-


tition to get in was tougher than today,” said Westlake head coach Rick Naranjo, who held a four-player qualifier for the final three lineup spots. “They said they were more relaxed today.” Loyola finished third at 386, with


Bellarmine and Foothill tying for low Northern California team honors at 388. Granite Bay shot 403.


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