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story.lead_photo.caption FileWill Boyd finished in 12th place overall at the Class 2 state meet for golf. Boyd, a freshman at California, earned all-state honors.

California Pintos golfer Will Boyd is coming off an eventful first year of high school.

Boyd saw his first season of high school athletics culminate in a 12th place finish overall at the Class 2 state tournament in May. Boyd, in just his freshman year, earned all-state honors as he finished with a score of 90 on the first day and a score of 79 on the second day for a total score of 169.

In the lead-up to state, Boyd was a key part of the Pintos’ success in conference and district play. At the Class 2 District 4 Tournament, Boyd helped the Pintos capture the district title thanks to a second place finish overall with a score of 78. Earlier in the year at the Tri-County Conference meet, Boyd finished in seventh place overall with a score of 84 and earned all-conference honors.

Boyd said earning his all-state nod made for a great jumping off point as he looks toward his next years of high school athletics.

“(It was my) freshman year, so it felt good to have a nice start to my high school career,” Boyd said.

And making it to the state tournament in just his first year in high school was an honor, too, he said.

“It was a good experience, getting to hang out with all the older guys, and we had a lot of fun this year,” Boyd said.

Though last season was his first at the high school level, Boyd is no stranger to the sport. Boyd said he has been playing golf for around 10 years, a pastime he got into because it runs in the family. Boyd’s father, Lance, learned about golf from his own father.

Boyd said he particularly enjoys the competitiveness of the sport, as well as hanging out with his friends while playing together.

Looking forward to the rest of his high school career, Boyd said a goal of his is to win state. In order to help accomplish that goal, he knows there are some skills he has to work on.

“This summer, I probably have to work on my short game some more,” Boyd said. “Get that sharpened up.”

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