Sonora Wildcat Serge Kiriluk and Bret Harte Bullfrog Mitchell Menzes are both headed to The Masters Golf Tournament at The Reserve at Spanos Park after impressive performances on Monday.
Kiriluk placed seventh while shooting a 77 at the Division IV Tournament at Manteca Golf Course.
“He played well enough to advance, which is a great feat,” said Sonora head coach Steve Lee of Kiriluk. “If you ask him how he played, he will shrug his shoulders and say not very good. But out of 67 golfers, who were some of the better golfers around, he came in seventh.”
Menzes was the low medalist with a 78 at the Division V Tournament at Peach Tree Golf and Country Club in Marysville.
Sonora finished in third out of the eight teams trailing tournament champion Central Catholic and runner-up Vista Del Lago.
The Wildcats, who won the Valley Oak League title, shot a 432 and were edged by Central Catholic’s 384 and Vista Del Lago’s 415 to miss out on qualifying for the Masters as a team.
Wildcats Sam Mays carded an 84, Spencer Morse an 85, Brandon Phelan a 91 and Kade Barajas added a 95.
“I’m extremely pleased with Serge’s score, but as a team, there’s no doubt we could have done better,” Lee said. “But we went undefeated and won the league outright. I thought we had a great year.”
Calaveras came in second at the Division V tournament behind Ripon.
For the Redskins, Sean Fitzsimmons scored an 85, Jake Grant an 87, Alec Brotherton an 88, Garett and Austin Williams both had 95s and Brandon Strawn finished with a 101.
Bullfrog Scott Hatfield fielded an 88, and Summerville Bears Jordan Fish and Max Wulf had an 82 and 92, respectively.
Kiriluk, the VOL Most Valuable Player, will be making a return trip to The Masters and for Menzes, this marks the first time in his career that the freshman will be competing at the section final.
“Serge played there last year and did really well,” Lee said. “He just missed advancing from that venue. My feeling is I think he’s a force to be reckon with. I think he’s going to go there — because he’s a tough competitor and he’s been there — I think he’s a real force that people are going to have to face seriously. It’s no fluke that he’s there. He’s the real deal.”