April 30, 2012
Granite Bay wins golf tiebreaker over Del Oro at Cal Invitational

In perhaps a preview of what's ahead for the upcoming Sac-Joaquin Section divisional and Masters tournaments, Granite Bay and Del Oro carried their high-level rivalry to the Plumas Pines Golf Resort on Saturday in Graeagle.

The two Sierra Foothill League teams posted scores of 378 at the 15th annual Cal tournament.

Granite Bay won the title on a tie-breaker while two other SFL teams, Woodcreek (389) and Rocklin (397), placed third and sixth, respectively.

Woodcreek's Bryce Johnson was medalist with a two-under-par 70. Granite Bay's Alex Gibbs and Christian Brothers' Hunter Rappleye each shot 71s. Del Oro's Austin Smotherman and Woodcreek's Lee Gearhart both shot 72s.

Last year, Del Oro won the Masters title and Granite Bay the D-II section title where Smotherman and Gearhart were co-medalists.

All will duel again at the D-II sectionals May 8 at Rancho Murieta. The Masters is May 14 at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.

The 18-team Cal tournament, which included four schools from Nevada, is considered one of the top prep golf events in the western United States, according to organizer John Davis.

Past participants have included current PGA pros Nick Whatney and Spencer Levin.



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