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Schwartz cards historic round to help San Clemente win Estancia Tournament
COSTA MESA – San Clemente had such a poor track record at the Estancia Tournament that it was only a matter of time all of the Tritons’ four boys golfers would put a good round together on the same day.
That’s how the law of averages works, San Clemente coach Mike Hulbut said.
“And they contributed big,” he said. “You saw the eagle and all of the birdies.”
And don’t forget the hole in one, the first in the tournament’s 15-year history at Mesa Verde Country Club. Sammy Schwartz got the ace on the 166-yard, par-3 No. 6 using a 6-iron to score the maximum 10 points on the hole in the event’s reverse Stableford scoring system.
The University of Hawaii commit finished with a team-high 26 points on Monday as the Triton’s cruised to an 11-point victory over Sunny Hills. The Tritons’ 80 points was just one shy of equaling the record set by Marina last season.
The Vikings finished third this season with 68 points.
Jan Prerovsky, a foreign exchange student from the Czech Republic, added 21 points for San Clemente while teammate Austin Briggs eagled hole No.1 which was good for five points.
“This is awesome. This is my senior year, and I feel like we have had decent teams every year that just quite haven’t done as well as they should,” Schwartz said. “This is my first win as a high school player, and it feels good. I think it gives us the validation and motivation to finish out the year strong.”
The Tritons’ previous best finish in the tournament was third in 2009.
“We were talking about that this morning, how poorly we have done, so we put together what we jokingly called the super-team,” Hulrbut said. Shane Barreira was also in the Tritons’ winning foursome on Monday. “And super team came through. I think a lot of it was feeding off of each other.”
Sunny Hills coach Tim Devaney was fine with the Lancers’ second-place finish because he said it could be a sign of good things to come. When Sunny Hills was the runner-up in the Estancia Tournament in 2013, the Lancers won the SCGA So Cal Championships and Jack Chung won the CIF State championship.
Justin Kim led the Lancers, shooting a 5-under-par 66, which included six birdies and 11 pars, good for 29 points. All but two of his round this season have been under par.
“This year he has put it all together. I was watching him how accurate he is and where he puts his shots, and when he does get into trouble, he can get up and down from anywhere,” Devaney said. “The good kids can do that. He has been waiting to do this.”
At Mesa Verde Country Club, par 71
1. San Clemente 80, 2. Sunny Hills 69, 3. Marina-A 68, 4. Newport Harbor-A 58, 4. Northwood 58, 6. Woodbridge 56, 6. Huntiongton Beach 56,