After a short drive to Stockton, the men’s golf team gave us something to look forward to after they tied for sixth in the Visit Stockton Cactus Thaw tournament last week. The 22-team tournament is hosted many local powerhouses, notably Dominican University and California Baptist.
For the second time this month, a senior paved the way for both golf teams, as Chase Dossa tied for 16th place. The local Davis high product earned a score of 71, just one under par.
“It was a good way to start the spring season,” Dossa said. “We were happy with our performance last week. We shot really low on the second day and even felt like we could have gone lower.”
Junior Ian Hofmann says the team’s camaraderie will be a huge contributing factor to their success.
“I think we have done a really good job this year on making a close nit group,” Hofmann said. “We know that we have a young team with most of the team being freshmen, so we really tried to emphasize making the team a family early on.”
With a slow start on the first day of the tournament, Devin Gregg stepped up to the plate by shooting 67 on the second day. The freshmen from San Anselmo is still getting his feet wet, but has earned the respect of the upperclassmen.
Also showing resilience was sophomore Spencer Clapp. In addition to a rough start on the first day of the tournament, he showed some right as he went on to shoot a 68 and help the Seawolves in tournament standings.
“Spencer is a grinder. One of the hardest working guys on the team,” said Dossa. “He always gives words of encouragement when it’s needed. Our whole team has great chemistry.”
Not bad words coming from one of the only two seniors on this years squad. Justin Shluker, the other head honcho, didn’t have a bad weekend either.
As a senior, it was only right that he share the individual leader boards with Dossa the first day of the tournament. Shluker shot a solid 72 on the first day.
“We all gained confidence in ourselves and look forward to our next event later this week,” Dossa said.
Though they had higher goals for this tournament, it there is some silver lining.
“We played well, but we know we can play better. Knowing that this tournament was our regional preview, it was nice to see most of the teams we’ll be playing in May,” said Hofmann.
The squad will look to follow up as they take a trip down the road to the Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo.