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GB's Lee thrives as DII golfers battle elements

Lee, Whitney's Stockton advance to Masters
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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In windy conditions that sent scores soaring into the triple digits in many cases, Granite Bay High freshman Paige Lee managed to keep her game under control in winning the individual title at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II tournament Tuesday in Lodi. The top team and individual DII golfers gathered at Lockeford Springs Golf Course for the event, as heavy winds altered play considerably, but Lee stood tall, firing a 78 to capture medallist honors and advance to the section Masters tourney next Monday at The Reserve in Stockton. “It was a miserable day on the golf course,” said Granite Bay coach Jason Sitterud. “The wind was consistently blowing in the 30 mph range with gusts up to 50 mph. It did not let up the entire day and it was a cold wind.” Sitterud took particular notice of the conditions, which wreaked havoc on the scores for the Oakmont team, which was there as a unit, but finished sixth. Junior Blake Peterson led the Vikings with a 95 and Nicki Holm carded a 97. “I would say it was probably a plus 10-stroke wind,” Sitterud said. “Its biggest impact was on the greens. It made the two footers an adventure.” Lee was the lone Sierra Foothill League golfer to move on as the top three teams and top three individuals advanced to the Masters. Led by a 79 by Nicolette Bondura, the Oak Ridge Trojans claimed the top team spot and all six golfers will move on to the Masters. Union Mine and Christian Brothers claimed the final two team spots at the next level. Nevada Union was fifth in the team competition, led by Chelsey Love’s 92 and Del Oro was seventh, with a 91 by Bailie Furgeson as the low Golden Eagle score. Michelle Crawford of Roseville posted a 90 and Granite Bay’s Kelly Steindorf hung up a 92. The Division IV section final was contested Monday at the Oakdale Country Club, where just one team and three additional individuals qualified to move on to the Masters. Samantha Stockton of Whitney delivered the second-best score of the day with an 80 to earn one of those coveted spots. The Whitney team finished fifth in the collective standings, where East Union earned the title. Center’s Sagee Palavivatana carded a 78 to claim individual medallist honors. Sydney Ryan (96) and Hannah Gregg (99) of Placer and Hannah Brown (98) of Bear River were their team’s best golfers at Oakdale.