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Islander Boys Golf Wins Twice And Shoots Lowest Round Of The Season

Nado Natterings by David Axelson | Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 11:58 am

Led by their two freshmen sensations, Jake McLaughlin and Easton Phillips, the Islander Boys Golf Team (6-11 overall, 3-5 in the Western League) defeated Scripps Ranch 225-237 last week at the Torrey Pines North Course. The Islanders followed that up two days later with a 197-198 win over La Jolla at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course, shooting their lowest round of the season. McLaughlin shot rounds of 40 and 36 in the two matches, followed closely by a 42 and a 39 from Phillips. Senior Saul Chacon shot a round of 39 to help with the win over La Jolla.

Islander Head Coach Stuart Gordon added, “McLaughlin is playing really well at the moment. He saved the La Jolla match. Jake sank an eight-footer on the ninth hole to win the match. All of the team members scored well that day. Our 197 total was five shots better than our previous low for the season of 202. The only difference in this match, as opposed to the other close ones we have had, is the putts went in. From tee to green, we’re not having problems, but our issue has been our putting.”

The won-loss record noted at the top of this section is somewhat misleading. Gordon plays all of the best golf teams in the CIF San Diego Section, on the best golf courses, on the theory that playing against tough competition makes you better. This week Coronado has two matches with the first being Wednesday against University City at the Balboa Golf Course. Not coincidentally, that is the site of the City Conference Tournament that will be played next week. Their second match is Thursday against Otay Ranch at Coronado Municipal.

In the City Conference Tournament, 80 golfers will tee it up the first day in stroke play, with the 48 best scores advancing to stroke play on Day 2. On Day 3, the field is cut to the best 16 players, who compete in match play. Those players play down to a single champion by the end of the week. From a team perspective, Coronado is ranked No. 5 in CIF Division III and their likely playoff opponents in the first round are either Pacific Ridge or Francis Parker.