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Pintos golf wins conference championship

by Evan Holmes | May 4, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
The Pintos emerge victorious at the Tri-County Conference Championship at the Eldon Golf Club. Will Boyd, Ayden Howard, and Enoch Dunnaway received All-Conference honors.

The California boys golf team climbed the mountain and reached the summit last Tuesday in the Tri-County Conference Championship at the Eldon Golf Club.

The Pintos won the conference tournament with a team score of 340, winning by 12 strokes ahead of second place Blair Oaks and 18 strokes ahead of third place Southern Boone.

California was the only school in the Tri-County Conference with three all-conference individuals, as sophomore Will Boyd, freshman Ayden Howard, and senior Enoch Dunnaway each finished in the top 10.

Boyd finished fourth with a score of 6-over 78. Howard placed right behind Boyd in fifth with a score of 80. Dunnaway rounded out the top 10 by placing 10th with a score of 89.

Head coach Lance Boyd felt his team was nervous going into the tournament because of what was at stake, but California found a way to hold back the nerves when it counted and take the conference title.

"Despite the team not having their collective 'A' game, they still battled for the victory," Boyd said. "They are learning how to score even when they don't have their best day. We need some improvement in controlling nerves and remaining calm are a continuous battle. This game is very difficult, and remaining calm when adversity strikes is key to putting a solid round together."

Boyd said Eldon's golf course was a difficult course to play on, with hole No. 3 being the toughest, a hole that was a par-3, 174 yards over water. Because the players were hitting the ball into the wind, many shots fell short and ended up in the water and caused several players to lose strokes.

The Pintos had to change their game play to grind through holes like the third and try to get as many pars and birdies as they could.

"The boys were very happy to take home the trophy in the Tri-County Conference Tournament," Boyd said. "It ended up being more of a grind than they anticipated, but they got the job done."

California will now get its prepared for the postseason later this month.

The Class 2 District 4 Tournament will be played next Monday at Shirkey Golf Course in Richmond. The Class 2 state Tournament will be the following week at the Columbia Country Club.

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