Aiming for another trip to the state finals, the Santa Rosa Junior College men’s golf team
Santa Rosa hosts the NorCal Championship at Mayacama today, in the hills between Santa Rosa and Windsor.
Six teams made the tournament. The top pair in the 36-hole format, over two rounds today, advance to the California Community College Athletic Association championships, in Riverside on May 12.
“It’s exciting,” said Santa Rosa coach Dave Herrington. “We’re very fortunate to be hosting. It’s a great course.”
The 6,700 yard course is a challenging par-72 layout. Shot making is at a premium. Scores can go high in a hurry if players are not on their games.
Finishing third in the very competitive Big 8 Conference moved Santa Rosa into the regional tournament.
Leading the hosts are Patrick Steiner and Tucker Williams. Santa Rosa’s top scorers on the season made the Big 8 All-Conference team. Also competing for Santa Rosa are Clayton Farris, Taylor Battaglia, Oliver Durra and Jonathan Morgan.
Consistency has been the team’s strength in a challenging season. Santa Rosa was a young squad that gained important experience over the three-month campaign that featured a dozen conference tournaments, including two wins and a pair of second-place finishes.
Santa Rosa has been among the state’s top programs the past decade.
A year ago, Santa Rosa was good enough at the NorCal regionals to advance to the state championships. In the CCCAA finals Santa Rosa was third, the program’s best state finish.