Ramona’s varsity golf team set the pace on the first day of the North County Conference Championships at Camp Pendleton Golf Course.
The Dawgs jumped out to a five stroke lead over Mt. Carmel by shooting a 383.
Three Sundevil golfers were in the top five but Ramona had two in the top five. Brian Moberg shot a one under par 71 to take the lead, and Drew Massey shot a 73 to hold down the fourth spot.
Jeff Hsiao and Ryan Phife both shot 72 to tie for second for the Sundevils, and Ben Young shot a 76 to round out the top five in the first day of play.
The strength of the Bulldogs in 2009 has been the team’s ability to group their scores. Several Bulldogs have been medalists this season, therefore the cliché “on any given day” is not a cliché when it comes to RHS golf. Johnny Lafata and Josh Haynes both shot 79 on day one. Christian Rajcic shot 81 and Glendon Barnum shot an 89.
The second day of the North County Conference Championship was played at the Lake San Marcos Country Club and Ramona pulled away and won the Valley League Team and Individual Championships.
The Dawgs shot 384 for a two day total of 767 to pull away from and beat Mt. Carmel by 23 strokes. Five Bulldogs shot in the 70s to ensure the league championship. Moberg shot 71. Barnum fired a 77. Lafata recorded a 78. Massey and Haynes both submitted a 79.
Moberg won the individual honors by shooting an even par 71 for a two day total of 142. Massey took third in the Valley League by firing 152 over 36 holes. Lafata’s 157 was good for the eight spot in league. Haynes’s two day total of 158 took ninth in league play.
Moberg’s 142 tied him for the best in the entire conference. Allan Jun of El Camino and Sejun Yoon of Rancho Buena Vista also shot a two day total of 142.Bot are from the Palomar League.
Steven Kearney of La Costa Canyon High School had the best score I the Avocado League a 143.
“All six golfers played extremely well.” said a happy and proud Coach Jerry Patenaude. “We were five strokes ahead of Mt. Carmel for the Valley League Tournament Championship after day one. We ended up beating them by 23.
“Brian played great golf both days and boggied 2 of his last 3 holes to finish in the 3-way tie (which was not played off). Massey was 3rd in the Valley league for the 2nd straight year. Lafata and Haynes were solid, and Barnum and Rajcic each played below their average.
“We look great for CIF and should be able to give the private schools that usually dominate our division in golf a run for their money.”