GOLF: Balers take top spot at Atascadero tournament

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One day after it claimed third place out of nine teams at a
tournament in Aptos, the San Benito High boys’ golf team upped its
performance Tuesday with a first-place finish at the Chalk Mountain
Golf Course in Atascadero, defeating 12 other teams in a non-league
tournament. Playing with three-member teams and no dropped scores,
the Balers carded a team score of 228 to claim the top spot, edging
one team from Arroyo Grande, which finished a close second with a
229.
ATASCADERO

One day after it claimed third place out of nine teams at a tournament in Aptos, the San Benito High boys’ golf team upped its performance Tuesday with a first-place finish at the Chalk Mountain Golf Course in Atascadero, defeating 12 other teams in a non-league tournament.

Playing with three-member teams and no dropped scores, the Balers carded a team score of 228 to claim the top spot, edging one team from Arroyo Grande, which finished a close second with a 229.

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A second team from Arroyo Grande finished in third place with a 234.

San Benito’s three-man team included Ryan Han, Will Cross and Jared Lantis, with Han earning medalist honors after he recorded a tournament-best 3-under 69 at the Atascadero golf course.

Cross, meanwhile, finished with a 74, while Lantis rounded out the three-man squad with an 85.

Cross was awarded the honor of the tournament’s longest drive, when he blasted one ball 330 yards off the tee.

Tuesday’s tournament victory for the Balers came one day after they competed at the Seascape Golf Club in Aptos, where San Benito finished third out of nine teams with a team score of 401.

League rival Palma finished with the top score of 360, while West Catholic Athletic League power Mitty took the runner-up spot with a 371.

Aptos finished nine strokes behind in the Balers in fourth place with a 410, while Saratoga (417), Los Gatos (426), Los Altos (441), Mountain View (452) and Watsonville (543) rounded out the remaining teams.

San Benito played with a five-man team this time, although again there were no dropped scores.

Cross anchored the Baler boys this time around when he finished with a 3-under 68, while Lantis followed with a 79. Jade Kimura carded an 81, Aaron Smith recorded an 85, and Jacob De Leon rounded out the team with an 88.

Palma’s Matt Pinizzotto and Mitty’s Ryan Cuenca medaled Monday’s round with matching 67s, or 4-under par.

San Benito has one last tournament prior to the TCAL Championships, and it’s next week’s sixth and final TCAL Tournament at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Gilroy.

The tournament will take place Tuesday, April 26, at 3 p.m.

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