May 14, 2012
Smotherman; Granite Bay golf enjoy record-breaking days

Del Oro's Austin Smotherman and Granite Bay turned in record
performances at today's Sac-Joaquin Section boys golf championships at
The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.

Smotherman shot a seven-under-par 65, the lowest score in the history
of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters/Section championships dating back
to 1944.

Granite Bay shot the lowest Masters round (which began in 2007) and
the second-lowest score in section championship history with a 363.

Christian Brothers finished second with a 367 and Del Oro third with a

All three teams advance to the CIF Northern California Regional
championships Monday at Butte Creek Country Club in Chico.

Smotherman, a senior headed to SMU on scholarship, made eight birdies
in breaking the previous Masters/Section championship round by a
single stroke.

McClatchy's Julian Woodfork and Christian Brothers' Andrej Bevins and
Kit Carson shot 67s.

Woodfork will join Armijo's Aaron Beverly, Oakdale's Ryan Jones and
Ponderosa's Corey Pereira - all with 70s - as individual NorCal

Brandon Baumgarten and Bryan Wise shot 71s to lead Granite Bay to
victory. Alex Gibbs and Chuck Pedone had 73s and Jeff Inouye-Wong had
a 75 for the Grizzlies, which won the D-II section title last week.

Granite Bay's score was two short of the all-time section record of
361 set by Merced in 1986 at Lake Wildwood in Penn Valley.

Davis' Tyler Raber and Turlock's Sam Smith held the previous low
individual scores with 66s each shot at Sierra View in Roseville in
the 2007 Masters, the first year that the section tournament was
reformulated to the Masters (seven divisional section tournament
finals now lead up to the Masters).

Christian Brothers' Grant Rappleye holds the best playoff round in
section history, shooting a 64 at the 2008 D-II section finals at
Davis' Wildhorse Country Club.

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