Despite its best player sleeping in, Dana Hills still beats El Toro
Someone on the Dana Hills boys golf teams needs to buy Clay Feagler a better alarm clock.
After staying up late the night before catching up on his homework, Feagler was a bit tired when he got home from school, so he decided to take a quick nap.
There was still an hour before he had to show up at El Niguel Country Club, and he lives just five minutes away from the course. He had plenty of time … or so he thought.
He ended up sleeping in, showed up to the match late and was kept out of the starting lineup, playing instead as an alternate along with Hayden Hill, who was also bit tardy on Wednesday.
“I overshot it by 45 minutes,” said Feagler, who has qualified for the SCGA So Cal Championship the past three seasons. “But I should take a nap more often with how I played.”
He posted a 2-under-par 34 that did not figure into the Dolphins’ final score. But No. 3 Dana Hills still beat El Toro in the South Coast League match, 191-240.
Had Hill and Feagler both been in the lineup, the Dolphins (9-4, 6-1) would have shot a 181. Hill posted a 37.
“The last month has been kind of rough for everyone. We are trying to find some people to fill some spots, but we are getting more consistent,” Feagler said. “The fact that everyone is finding and honing their game we haven’t been able to be ourselves. We have been shooting 190-200, and that is not going to cut it.”
The Dolphins did have four players break 40 on Wednesday, though. Tanner Podres medaled with an 1-under-par 35 while Matt Fry added a 37. Mason Bowen and Blake Brothers carded a 38 and 39 respectively for Dana Hills.
Rany Vergaldedios birdied two holes and led the Chargers (0-4) with a 39.
“It was nice to come out and play well as a team,” Podres said. “It was good to come back and play strong today.”
Two days ago, the Dolphins likely lost their chance to win the South Coast League championship outright. They lost to San Clemente on the sixth man at Bella Collina Golf Club after both teams posted a 192. Now, the two schools will share the league title.
“We are getting closer. Everything is kind of coming together now,” Podres said. “Winning league was not the huge priority. CIF is. I think we will be ready for CIF this year.”
In other boys golf:
Corona del Mar 186, No. 1 Woodbridge 197: Guy Clauss, Clay Seeber and Ethan Wien each posted an even-par 35 on the front nine at Newport Beach Country Club to lead the Sea Kings (5-4, 2-2) to the Pacific Coast League victory. Hide Yoshihara shared medalist honors with the Corona del Mar trio, carding a 35 for Woodbridge, who lost for the first time this season.