Blue Devil golfers play with gusto

By From page B1 | April 09, 2013

DHS' Preston Walchli watches his chip roll in for a birdie on the eighth hole at Bartley Cavanaugh GC on Monday. Walchli carded a 71, dominating the individual field and helping the Blue Devils to a team victory at the first DVC tournament of the season. Courtesy photo

The world’s environmental scientists might want to have a chat with the Davis High boys golf team.

The Blue Devils harnessed the power of Monday’s wind as well as any turbine could have, playing through the heavy gusts to shoot a 407 and win the first Delta Valley Conference tournament of the season.

DHS’ score was enough to beat second-place Franklin by 35 strokes at the Bartley Cavanaugh course in Sacramento. Elk Grove (471), host Laguna Creek (579) and Grant (616) rounded out the scoring.

“This was a real statement about how mentally tough we are becoming,” said Devil coach Karl Ronning, who reported that the wind was a constant 20-25 miles per hour with even larger gusts.

“I told the guys ‘today’s a day where you look at it as an opportunity to face adversity.’ They really took it to heart and really battled.”

Davis’ Preston Walchli seemed not to notice the wind at all, shooting an even-par 71 and cruising to first place individually. In fact, all five local scorers were in the top seven, with senior standout Chase Dossa’s 11th-place finish not even counted.

For the Blue Devils, Patrick Cajandig’s 81 was good for third place, Michael Chen took fourth with an 83, while Cyrrus Espino and Spencer Salk tied for seventh, each carding an 86.

“We just had a really, really solid day. They didn’t let (the wind) rattle them,” Ronning said. “You can’t overpower a wind like that, but you can’t let it overpower you. You have to work with it.

“The kids have played with (wind); that’s the nature of (our home course) Wildhorse. When that north wind blows, there’s no stopping it.

DHS is back in action next Monday as the second DVC tournament will be contested at Wildhawk Golf Course near Elk Grove. The Devils probably are hoping wind is in the forecast.

Enterprise staff

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