By Bill Tamburrino
Ramona’s golf team is playing good golf and carding some impressive scores.
The Bulldog golfers played three matches against two of the top teams in the county and lost some close matches on April 5, 6 and 7. They are now 9-5 in medal play and are 2-3 in the Palomar League.
Ramona put up its third best score in school history but lost to Palomar League foe and perennial power Torrey Pines 182-186 on April 5.
Christian Rajcic had his best round of his career. He carded an amazing 33, three strokes under par, on the front nine at San Vicente Resort.
Three Torrey Pines golfers; Jay Wang, Michael Kim and Ryan Burgess shot par (36) and that was too much for the Bulldogs to overcome.
Ramona had all five of its scoring players shoot in the 30s. Ryan Graf, Garrett Arnold and James Andrews each shot a solid 38. Joseph Fortunato carded a 39.
Ramona traveled to Riverwalk to face the always powerful Saints of St. Augustine High School. The Saints won 197-199. Graf carded the Bulldogs’ low score by shooting a 38 on the par 36 front nine. Fortunato, Arnold and Andrews all shot 40 and Rajcic shot 41.
The Saints then traveled to the friendly confines of San Vicente Resort to complete the home series. In high school golf, six golfers from each team play in a match but only the top five scores are counted unless there is a tie.
There was a tie. After the scores of the top five players from both teams were tabulated the score was 200-200. Ramona lost the tie breaker.
“Garrett Arnold shot a 37 to lead our team,” said Ramona coach Jerry Patenaude. “He has been very consistent and has improved greatly. He is our only senior and he is doing a good job in the matches and at practices.”
Graf and Fortunato turned in scores of 38, and Rajcic shot 40. Ben Anderson-Parks shot 47 and Brandon Barnum shot 48.
“Ryan (Graf) has carded eight straight scores in the 30s,” said Patenaude. “He is one of the top freshmen in the county. We have lost four straight matches by scores of 2,4,2 and a tie breaker. We have to develop more mental toughness.
“We are still one of the best teams in the CIF and we are playing one of the toughest schedules in the CIF. We will play five league matches in the final two weeks of the season. Those scores will determine if we get a home or an away CIF match. If we play to our potential and toughen up a bit, we will be a force in the playoffs.” said Patenaude.