Freshman Matteo Bonales came agonizingly close to extending his season this past week while representing Central Valley High School’s varsity boys golf team at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III Championships.
Bonales finished in eighth place.
The top six individuals advanced to the Masters tournament.
Vacaville’s Ryan Williams (79) earned the final berth.
“I’m disappointed because I would have liked to make it to Masters as a freshman,” Bonales said. “That would have been a huge accomplishment.”
Bonales carded a 9-over-par 81 at Divisionals on May 6 at Ridge Golf Course in Auburn.
“I went there feeling pretty confident,” he said. “I played (a practice round) there the day before and shot a 68.”
Bonales failed to turn in a duplicate performance at the tournament.
“I wasn’t striking the ball too well,” he said. “I only hit seven greens. Everything else was good.”
Bonales carded a 79 en route to a third-place finish at the Central California Conference Championships on April 30 at Rancho Del Rey.
He took second at the CCC Midseason Tournament on March 28. Bonales shot a 75 at Diablo Grande.
Bonales compiled an 8-4 record during the conference’s dual season.
“That’s a pretty fantastic season,” Central Valley head coach Scott Edwards said. “It’s been fun to watch.”
“Overall, I’m proud of my performance,” Bonales said. “I feel pretty confident going into these next three years. I know I’m capable of posting lower scores. I just need to practice more.”