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Nick Yell Represents FLC Well; Hopes to Return to State Championship Next Year
Folsom Lake College freshman golfer Nick Yell returned from the CCCAA State Championship in southern California on Wednesday with renewed motivation. "He's determined to make it back again next year," commented FLC coach Barry Zarecky. "He learned a lot from this trip, and I think he grew as a golfer." Nick shot rounds of 76/75 for a 36-hole total of 151, placing him in a tie for 24th place out of 43 golfers. Not bad for a young man who played so poorly the first two matches of the season (93 and 87) that he was pulled from the team's top six. He eventually worked his way back into the lineup and was a big reason the Falcons won the Big 8 Conference title. "Nick was our secret weapon. He always seemed to shoot a great score when we needed it most," noted Zarecky of the eventual NorCal individual champion.
Falcon Golf Team Swings & Misses, But Nick Yell Wins NorCal Championship Title
The FLC men's golf team had high hopes entering the NorCal Regional championship on Tuesday at Mayacama Country Club in Santa Rosa. The Big 8 Champs played well during the morning round while recording a team score of 381, emerging with a one stroke lead and knowing that just 18 holes stood between them and a trip to the State Championship tournament. Unfortunately for the Falcons, the wheels fell off in the afternoon round as they struggled in with a score of 405 (their worst round of the 2014 season), leaving them in fourth place and 8 strokes from a berth in the State Championship. While it was a huge disappointment for the team, there's always a silver lining: #6 player Nick Yell, a freshman, put up rounds of 74/72 (146) to WIN the Low Medalist title and earn a trip to the State Championship as NorCal Champion!
"Certainly not a good way to finish a great year," noted coach Barry Zarecky, "but having the individual NorCal Champion sure made it easier to take."
FLC Individuals Team Scores
Nick Yell 74/72 146 Chabot 382/372 754
Dylan Neal 71/86 157 San Jose 391/387 778
Greg Kuropat 79/83 162 Reedley 385/396 781
Brad Peil 82/81 163 Folsom Lake 381/405 786
Jordan Sato-Sterni 76/88 164 Sierra 404/423 827
Jace Tiller 79/83 164 Santa Rosa 426/427 853
Golf Team Wins Final Big 8 Tourney; NorCals Next
On Tuesday March 11, the FLC men's golf team found themselves in 4th place in the Big 8 Conference standings after the first three tournaments. Since then, the Falcons won 7 of the final 9 tournaments (and took 2nd place in the other two), resulting in their second consecutive Big 8 Conference Championship. On Tuesday, they made it official with 5-stroke victory over Sierra in the final conference tournament of 2014 at Eagle Vines Golf Club in Napa. The win gave the Falcons a 16-point margin of victory over runner-up Sierra in the final Big 8 standings.
The Falcons were led by sophomore Jace Tiller's round of 73, followed by Dylan Neal and Brad Peil with 75 each. In spite of those good scores, FLC trailed Modesto by one stroke until #6 Nick Yell came in with a 76, giving the Falcons the victory. "I was glad to see we stayed focused even though we had such a big lead in the standings," noted Coach Barry Zarecky. "This was truly a great way to end league play and begin preparation for NorCals."
Four Falcon golfers earned All-Conference honors: Dylan Neal, Brad Peil, Jace Tiller, and Jordan Sato-Sterni. The team will now focus on the NorCal Championship at Mayacama Country Club (Santa Rosa) next Tuesday, where the top two teams qualify for the State Championship the following week in southern California.
FLC Individuals Team Scores
Jace Tiller 73 Folsom Lake 379
Dylan Neal 75 Sierra 384
Brad Peil 75 Modesto 386
Nick Yell 76 Santa Rosa 390
Jordan Sato-Sterni 80 Napa Valley 408
Greg Kuropat 86 American River 426
Final Big 8 Standings
Folsom Lake 151
Santa Rosa 123
Napa Valley 72
American River 38
Congratulations to Coach Zarecky and the FLC Golf Team; Big 8 Champions!
Falcon Golfers Clinch Big 8 Title!
Playing on their home course under beautiful spring conditions, the FLC men's golf team did just enough to clinch their second straight Big 8 Conference championship yesterday with a second place team finish at Rancho Murieta Country Club. The Falcons' team score of 391 was 12 shots behind winner Sierra College and not the type of score coach Barry Zarecky had hoped for, but was enough to leave the with Falcons an unsurmountable 14 point lead with one tournament to play (12 points is the largest deficit that can be made up in one tournament). "We should shoot much better than we did on our home course," remarked coach Zarecky, "but it's nice to get that championship taken care of."
Sophomore Brad Peil had another nice round as he led the team with even par 72. "Bradley's on a nice roll. That's two straight great rounds from him," said Zarecky.