The FLC men's golf team clinched at least a share of the 2016 Big 8 Conference title with their victory in Tournament #15 at Chardonnay Golf Club on Wednesday afternoon. The Falcons have one tournament remaining and have an 8-point lead over Santa Rosa; they can win the title outright with anything better than a last-place finish on Monday. Once again, it was the Falcons' depth that earned the victory as they defeated Santa Rosa by two strokes (379-381). This time, it was the number 3, 5 and 6 players that stepped up to secure the victory. Sophomore Matt Shirley, who had been in a slump recently, was the tournament medalist with a 73. Freshman Chris McKnight and fourth-year sophomore Nick Fowler (yes, the Comeback Player of the Milennium) both finished with solid 75's on a day when the wind registered in the high 20's. "It's nice to see that we can rely on just about anybody to step up when needed," noted coach Barry Zarecky. "Our depth is our strength."
The title is coach Zarecky's third conference championship in his seven years coaching at FLC.
Team Scores FLC Individuals
Folsom Lake 379 Matt Shirley 73
Santa Rosa 381 Chris McKnight 75
American River 425 Nick Fowler 75
Sierra 431 Mason Troike 76
Napa valley Incomplete Eric Olsem 80
Connor Scott 81