CIF Boys State Championship
San Gabriel CC
June 6, 2012
SAN GABRIEL – Granite Bay High School played lights out on Wednesday to take the 2012 CIF Boys State Golf Championship. A team total of 374, 19-over par, gave Granite Bay a two-stroke margin of victory over Foothill High School. Granite Bay interestingly enough was the third place finisher in the NCGA/CIF Boys Championship and earned the final spot for the state championship, but now all that matters is they’re state champs.
The Sacramento area school was led by the outstanding play of Jeffrey Inouye-Wong, Brandon Baumgarten and Chuck Pedone, who posted scores of 72, 73 and 74. Additionally, Alex Gibbs and Bryan Wise shot solid scores in the 70s, with a 76 and 79, respectively. It didn’t matter that sixth team member Zack Kwan struggled on the day, shooting a 16-over par 87 as the format takes the best five of six scores.
Foothill High School finished with a total of 376, 21-over par, backed by the terrific play of junior Nicolo Galletti, who carded a 2-under 69. The other four scores that counted towards the Pleasanton school’s total were all in the 70s: Rowan Chekuri (74), Tanner Hughes (77), Brett Thawley (77) and Travis Rowney (79). Finishing in third place was R.L. Stevenson School with a score of 380, 25-over par. The Pirates were led by Sebastian Crampton, who less than 48 hours early came up one stroke shy of qualifying for the U.S. Open, with a 2-over 73. The Pebble Beach school showed great depth from their roster as all six players shot in the 70s.
Granite Bay’s win was timely as it was the first time a boys’ high school team won a state title since 2006 when De La Salle took first. Additionally it was the first time in recent history that the top three schools all came from the Northern California region. Finishing in fourth place were defending champions Torrey Pines High School at 381. Coming in at fifth and sixth were Santa Margarita and Clovis West, respectively.
Del Oro High School’s Austin Smotherman won the CIF individual state title with an 18-hole score of 4-under 67. The Loomis resident had a spectacular round, which included five birdies and a lone bogey. Smotherman, who is committed to play golf collegiately for SMU, took advantage of the front nine par-5s with birdies on No. two and No. four. After a setback on the seventh hole, Smotherman recovered nicely with a birdie on the eighth. He then finished his last 10 holes with eight pars and two birdies coming on Nos. 16 and 17.
Smotherman beat out Santa Margarita’s Beau Hossler Jr. who shot a 3-under 68 on the day. Hossler, who qualified for the U.S. Open on Monday, went bogey free over his 18 holes and managed three birdies on holes two, four and 10. Coming in a tie for third at 2-under 69 were Andrew Levitt of Santa Margarita and Galletti. Levitt’s round amazingly included six birdies on the day, but a bogey and a triple-bogey hindered his chances of winning. Galletti, who nearly won the individual title in 2011 before falling in a sudden-death playoff, also converted several birdies on the day with five, but those were offset by three bogeys. Finishing alone in fifth Johnathan Garrick of St. Francis High School finished at 1-under par 70. The Atherton resident, who’s verbally committed to UCLA, made five birdies and four bogeys in his round.