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Rocklin’s Schafer ties for third place at state

By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Rocklin High sophomore Nick Schafer tied for third place at the CIF state boys golf championships at Santa Maria Country Club June 3. Schafer, who tied with Santa Barbara’s Andrew Perez, shot a 73 on the par 72 course. Rocklin placed sixth among the six-team field at the state championships as the Thunder’s top five players combined to shoot 398. The state champion, Sunny Hill from Fullerton, shot 379. Rocklin played in the afternoon when the winds were the highest so the teams that played in the morning had an advantage. Schafer collected two birdies, three bogeys and 13 pars. He birdied the par-four fourth hole after sticking his second shot three feet from the pin. He also birdied the par-5 11th hole when he sunk a 10-foot putt. “The competition was very tough and I knew that winning would be a great achievement and I was hoping to finish pretty high,” said Schafer, who shot a 67 in a round at the Del Paso Country Club (par 71) earlier this year. “My round was completely based on my short game and it was terrific all day. I was getting up and down and making a lot of putts.” Schafer said the Thunder would have done better as a team if they had played in the morning. “It was a huge disadvantage to play in the afternoon when the winds were really strong and it had a huge effect on our (Rocklin’s) scores,” Schafer said. “I was really pleased with my round but disappointed as a team that we couldn’t have performed better. It was really tough conditions.” Schafer was very proud of what the Thunder accomplished this year. Rocklin’s top six consisted of seniors Nick Brown and Kyle Chatelain, juniors Skyler Mills and Curtis Wise and sophomores Schafer and Eli Libby. “Last year we had a really good team and this year we had lower expectations and we exceeded those expectations by a lot,” Schafer said. “It was great to be able to win at NorCal after going there for three years and it was an achievement never seen by Rocklin High boys golf.”