Seniors Jeeven Larson and Colton Painter of Strathmore and Granite Hills High School, respectively, as well as GHHS freshman Bryce Painter, qualified for the meet by shooting under 85 at last week’s Area meet at River Island.
However, the Valley championship match only advanced the top 12 individuals and Larson’s 75, Colton Painter’s 76 and Bryce Painter’s 85 weren’t enough to make the cut for next week’s CIF Southern California Regional Championships.
A total of 95 golfers participated in the Valley meet, and excluding the golfers from Valley champion team Clovis North and runner up Clovis, 23 individual golfers shot 75 or better through 18 holes. The top 12 individual golfers to move on shot 73 or better.
Strathmore coach Eddie Green said Larson played well but double bogeyed on his last hole. A three-time SoCal Regional qualifier, this is the first time Larson will not be attending regionals.
In his first and last appearance at Valley, Colton Painter said he had no regrets and that it was a good experience. His brother Bryce said he wanted to forget it all.
“I’d say it wasn’t their best day but it’s a championship so there was a little nerves,” GHHS coach Shelly Lozano said. “They didn’t relax a little bit until a few holes in but overall they played their best. Very proud of them. Colton being a senior, Bryce a freshman. Got Bryce for three more years.“
Bryce has big shoes to fill over the next couple of years but with his success this season anything is possible in the years to come.