SACRAMENTO — At this point in the season, with a commanding 153-stroke lead in the Delta Valley Conference standings thanks to Tuesday’s third straight tournament win, the Davis High boys golf team just wants to make sure it keeps getting better.
And junior Preston Walchli certainly seemed to have taken that to heart as he had his best day of the league season when the Blue Devils once again rolled in DVC No. 3 at Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course.
Walchli’s 1-under 70 was way ahead of everyone else — DHS’ Sam Yamauchi was second with a 75 — as the Devils carded a 386 to finish in front of Franklin (402) and Elk Grove (413).
“Preston has been on the upper end of the scores (he is capable of),” said Davis coach Karl Ronning. “He just had a couple of things to figure out and now it looks like he is peaking at the right time.
“He always drives really well and has always been a good putter, and (Tuesday) he was striking his irons a lot better.”
Yamauchi, a sophomore, retained his overall DVC lead with a 225 total through three of the four events.
Blue Devils actually fill the top five spots, with sophomore Andrew Arnheiter tied for second with Walchli (230), senior Cyrrus Espino in fourth and junior Patrick Cajandig in fifth.
On Tuesday, Arnheiter was DHS’ third finisher, tying for sixth at 78, while Cajandig’s 80 was also a top-10 finish. Junior Jackson Kavrell rounded out the Devil scorers with his 83 and Espino shot 88.
Davis is back in action on Saturday at the Cal Invitational in Plumas Pines.