Warrior golfers’ victories over Wildcats even league record

Fallbrook High School’s boys golf team lost its first two Avocado West League matches, but April 8 and April 10 wins over El Camino evened the Warriors’ league record at 2-2 while giving Fallbrook an overall record of 7-5 in dual matches.

The Warriors opened league competition April 1 at the Pala Mesa course but lost to Carlsbad by a 212-220 score. The Lancers hosted the April 3 match at The Crossing and took a 204-214 victory. “It’s maybe a little harder course, but it was an improvement,” coach Steve Jorde said.

Jorde noted that scores rather than win-loss records in dual meets are the true indication of a team’s progress, although league win-loss records matter for the championship which carries an automatic berth in the CIF team playoffs as well as banner rights.

At-large teams can also qualify for the CIF tournament. “We’re going to be close. We’re going to have to keep shooting low numbers,” Jorde said.

Individual golfers can also qualify for the CIF tournament if they do not participate as a team.

The April 8 match against El Camino was at the Arrowood course the Wildcats use for home matches. Fallbrook prevailed by a 204-220 score. “That was our best round of the year,” Jorde said. “It was nice to see.”

Bobby Sneller and Patrick Milton each had a nine-hole round of 38 strokes to lead the Fallbrook linksters.

Pala Mesa was the site of the April 10 match; Fallbrook won by a 216-242 margin and Jake Guy had Fallbrook’s low score at 39.

Fallbrook’s low rounds for the season were 37-stroke performances by Sneller on March 20 against San Marcos at Pala Mesa and by Parker Roberson during the March 26 match with Oceanside at the Oceanside Municipal course. Michael Edgar’s 38-shot round on the Castle Creek course led Fallbrook in the Warriors’ March 13 match against Escondido.

In addition to the dual meets, the Warriors also participated in the City Cup tournament and tied for fifth place among the 16 teams. That tournament was played March 17 and March 24 at the Eagle Crest course in Escondido; each of a team’s four golfers had two 18-hole rounds. Christian Murphy, a sophomore, was Fallbrook’s low scorer with rounds of 80 and 78 strokes while Ian MacKenzie was second among Warrior golfers with rounds of 84 and 82 shots.

“Just like to get them all low on the same day,” Jorde said of different golfers having the team’s low score over the season.

Edgar is Fallbrook’s only senior. “We’re a very young team,” Jorde said.

“Things are coming together,” Jorde said. “They’re just great kids.”

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