June 6, 2012
Smotherman, Granite Bay win area's 2nd state boys golf titles

Del Oro's Austin Smotherman won the individual title and Granite Bay the team title at this afternoon's CIF State boys golf championships at the San Gabriel Country Club in Southern California.

Smotherman shot a four-under-par 67 to become the first area individual champion while Granite Bay shot an 18-over 374 to become the first area team champion since the state tournament was reinstated in 2004.

Del Campo won a team title in 1977 and Jesuit's Murray Stoltz won an individual title in 1979, when a smaller-field state boys golf tournament was held from 1976 to 1981.

Smotherman, a senior, defeated Beau Hossler Jr. of Santa Margarita Catholic of Rancho Santa Margarita by one stroke and Nicolo Galletti of Foothill-Pleasanton and Santa Margarita's Andrew Levitt by two strokes.

Smotherman's score was the second lowest by an individual in state history. Murrieta Valley's Rickie Fowler, now a PGA professional, shot a 64 at the Santa Maria Country Club in 2006.

With freshman Jeffrey Inouye-Wong shooting a one-over 72 and Brandon Baumgarten a 73, Granite Bay become only the fourth team champion from Northern California.

Chuck Pedone shot a 73, Alex Gibbs a 76 and Bryan Wise a 79 to round out Granite Bay's individual scorers.

Foothill was second at 376 and Robert Louis Stevenson of Pebble Beach third at 380.

All three of the top finishers are from Northern California, another first for the event during the modern format.

De La Salle of Concord is the only other NorCal team to win a team title from the reinstated period from 2004, beating La Costa Canyon by one stroke in 2006. Del Campo and Vintage (1980) were champions from Northern California during the pervious state tournament years.

Today's result was a reversal of the May 21 CIF NorCal tournament. Granite Bay finished third with a 373, eight strokes behind Foothill and seven behind Robert Louis Stevenson.

Smotherman had three holes to play when Hossler Jr. finished his 18-hole round with a three-under 68.

Smotherman bogeyed the par 4 443-yard seventh hole - his only bogey of the day - before regaining the lead with a birdie on the 403-yard, par 4 eighth.

Smotherman, headed to SMU, then parred the 183-yard par 3 ninth for the win.

Smotherman was two under on the first nine holes - 10 through 18 - then went to four under with birdies on the par 5 second and fourth holes.

Smotherman, who finished in a tie for eighth at the NorCal finals with a 71, set a Sac-Joaquin Section/Masters record (dating to 1944) with a 65 in winning that individual title May 14 at The Reserve at Spanos Park.

Among other area individuals today, Ponderosa's Corey Pereira shot an even-par 71 to finish in a three-way tie for fifth with two Southern California golfers.

Del Oro's Justin Raskin and Christian Brothers' Andrej Bevins shot 77s to finish in an eight-way tie for 26th.



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