Porterville High School boys golf are on a roll this season.
Facing their East Yosemite League rivals, Monache, the Panthers (5-0 EYL) topped the Marauders 237-295 Thursday at River Island Country Club to solidify their hold on the No. 1 spot in the EYL.
Led once again by No. 1 Parker Jones, the reigning EYL champion Panthers scored their second lowest EYL score of the season in the victory. Jones shot a 40 for the lowest score of the day. Also scoring for the Panthers was No. 2 Ethan Standridge (43), No. 4 Adam Daguman (50), No. 5 Jayden Gammon (50) and No. 3 Tyler Jones (54). No. 6 Tony Fusco also shot a 56 for team.
“It was a good day,” PHS head coach David Herrera said. “The weather was nice and the wind was calm for our match against Monache. Parker and Ethan felt at ease today and their ball striking showed it. As a team we are starting to play very well but just need to be a little more consistent throughout the round.”
Herrera noted that Parker Jones carded six pars, Standridge carded five pars and all other Porterville golfers carded at least one par.
For Monache, No. 1 Austin Thompson shot a 51 to lead the team while No. 2 Caylob Fitton had a 55, No. 3 Mike Hobbs a 57, No. 5 Kaleb Salazar a 65, No. 4 Dominic Cortez a 67 and No. 6 Brayden Nicholson 67.
“This was our worst team score of the year,” MHS head coach Jake Winter said. “We’ve had a rough time getting back into rhythm since spring break. The good news is that we have three 18-hole tournaments to play in the next four weeks and a lot of days to practice. The kids are having fun and hitting the ball well. We will work on scoring and hope to see the scores come down in the coming weeks.”
Porterville and Monache begin their 18-hole EYL tournaments on Thursday, April 11 at River Island Country Club. This will be the first round of 18-holes in competition for a majority of the golfers.
As of now, Tulare Union, who the Panthers beat narrowly 233-240 in a match full of ties last Wednesday, are likely Porterville’s toughest competition coming into the final stretch of EYL.
“I am proud of how the team has worked and how much they have improved this year,” Herrera said. “We are playing at the level we need to going into the mini tournaments starting next week. We will be focused on keeping our undefeated season from blemish by working on course management and decision making.”