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What a thrill

Sonora golf team makes annual trip to Pebble Beach tournament


Sonora High School golf team members Henry McClintock (left) and Ethan Wright pause for a photo with Phil Mickelson at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in Monterey last week. (Courtesy photo)
Sonora High School golf team members Henry McClintock (left) and Ethan Wright pause for a photo with Rory McIlroy at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in Monterey last week. (Courtesy photo)
(The Sonora High School golf team got the chance to see pro golfers up close at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Courtesy photo)
The Sonora High School golf team got an up-close look at perennial crowd favorite Bill Murray at this year’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am. (Courtesy photo)

Ask just about any golf fan what players are on their must-meet bucket list and you’re likely to hear Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy are near or at the top.

Last week the Sonora High School boys golf team got to cross those names off.

The team travelled to the Pebble Beach Pro-Am where they were part of the army of people who help carry off the annual event on the Monterey Peninsula.

For four days the boys carried the golf scoreboards around each of the three courses — Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Monterey Peninsula

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Ask just about any golf fan what players are on their must-meet bucket list and you’re likely to hear Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy are near or at the top.

Last week the Sonora High School boys golf team got to cross those names off.

The team travelled to the Pebble Beach Pro-Am where they were part of the army of people who help carry off the annual event on the Monterey Peninsula.

For four days the boys carried the golf scoreboards around each of the three courses — Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore.

They racked up countless steps and even more memories, said Sonora’s golf coach Steve Lee.

Lee has been travelling with the team to the tournament for 16 years. The program was started by a Sonora PE teacher 24 years ago.

Among this year’s pro golfers who took time to interact with the Sonora team were Mickelson and McIlroy, both of whom took time for photos and autographs, said Lee.

While the celebrity aspect is a big part of the fun, Lee also hopes the team picked up some golf lessons, too.

“They’ve watched pro golfers for four days,” Lee said. “I hope they would change their swing a little and realize the importance of taking their time and lining their shots up.”