Something happened Monday at the Section Tournament that the Placer High golf team hadn’t seen all season.
Someone besides a Hillmen was a medalist at a tournament in which Placer competed.
There were two of them, in fact – brothers Zane and Momin Choudhry, who each shot 75s at the par-72 Auburn Valley Golf Club to take honors for lowest individual score.
Team-wise, however, it was business as usual for the Hillmen.
Paced as always by its own dynamic brother combination, Placer shot a cumulative 414, well clear of second-place Union Mine (456) and third-place El Dorado (472).
Lincoln was fourth at 479.
Ceres (486) and Patterson (549) rounded out the competition.
“Everybody pulled together and stepped up,” coach Greg French said. “We never really go really high. That’s what it takes to be solid in Div. IV.”
Stanley Brown led the way with a 76, while brother Sid Brown posted a 79. Gunner Mayer (82), Zane Mitsuda (86), Aiden Donavero (91) and Tayven Winans (102) rounded out Placer’s roster.
Placer and Union Mine advanced to Monday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Masters at Swenson Park Golf Course in Stockton.
Bear River’s Hunter Monts and the Choudhry brothers also qualified for the Masters, being the three lowest scorers not on a team already going. Monts fired a 78. Teammate David Aldrich just missed the cut with a 79.
“I look at it as a reward for us, going down there,” French said. “We’ve had a great season, just a great, great year.”
There will be 14 teams competing at the Masters, at least eight of them Div. I schools, French said. The top three teams will advance to the Northern California regional tournament, along with the three lowest individuals not on qualifying teams.