With winds that howled and shook the trees at the Vandenberg Village Country Club on Monday, Cabrillo and Santa Ynez boys golf fought off the 16 mile per hour gusts by taking a different approach — the low approach.
Both golf teams attempted to smack the ball below the trees and prevent the winds from carrying the ball whichever direction it blew. This tactic, though, benefitted the host Conquistadores more on their home course, as CHS edged the Pirates 215-255 in the Los Padres League duel.
Cabrillo golfers saw several of their first attempts sail toward the middle of the tree line before falling to the green. Santa Ynez had similar success, but both teams often saw the ball curve to the east — the direction the wind breezed toward. Golf balls would either fall underneath the eucalyptus trees or near the sidewalk of the private club.
Justin Buenaventura led the way with his 36 score, and was the only golfer to hit below the 40-shot threshold. The Conqs’ Austin Kranz, who shot a 41, was one golfer who tried to swing his way out of this windy obstacle and endured some struggles.
“It was really tough out there just to keep the ball under the wind and not have the wind take it, especially with the wedges. It was really hard to control,” Kranz said.
The senior, who has been Cabrillo’s second option in the first group along with Buenaventura, also witnessed his golf balls gliding at an angle due to the winds.
“Yeah, it was an issue because I hit the ball relatively high,” Kranz said. “And once that golf ball gets over the trees, the wind takes it wherever it’s blowing. It was really tough for me to keep it under the wind, but I think I pulled through in the last couple of holes.”
Kranz said he did accomplish a birdie on hole No. 3 and added “I went with a driver, went through the fairway and I punched out about 70 yards and hit it about four inches — and I birdied.”
Kranz concluded that CHS boys golf tries to practice against these elements at the country club.
“Usually, we hit a lot of knockdown shots and just keep it under the trees. Then take dead aim at the hole and just hit a knockdown under the trees and get it to the hole,” Kranz said.
Santa Ynez’s top golfer was Nate Luna, who shot a 44. Like Kranz and the rest of the golfing field, Luna saw how hard it was to blast the ball against the winds.
“It was pretty hard. I just had to hit an easy draw and the wind just pushed it,” Luna said. “It was super windy.”
However, Luna came away content — saying this was his best outing this season.
“This was probably one of the best matches I’ve had this season,” Luna said. “I still have a little bit of work to do. Just with putting mostly and also trying to get rid of my cut with drives.”
Other individual scores for Cabrillo were Kyle Stiller with 43, Sean Meluguin with 46 and Isaiah Cisneros with 40. Outside of Luna, the Pirates were led by P.J. Callaghan and his 46 score, Hayden Smith shooting a 48 and Ben Elmrick scoring a 57.
Both teams will now head to the Alisal River Course in Solvang on Thursday for the next LPL tournament scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Nipomo 10, Morro Bay 8
Massi Chiarello, Nipomo's No. 1 singles player, gave the Titans their clinching 10th point in this Los Padres League match.
Nipomo's doubles tandems of Max Munoz and Andrew Foley, Andres Bernal and Jesse Cabagunan, and Ernie Atilano and Carlos Diaz all swept three sets.
St. Joseph 16, Atascadero 2
The Knights (4-1 Los Padres League) rolled to a league win over the Greyhounds in a make-up of a postponed match.
Avnish Bhatt lost one game in a three-set sweep at No. 1 singles for the Knights, and Ben Haskell dropped three in a three-set sweep at No. 2.
Tandems Pat Rigali and Thomas Chiavacci, and Nick Malin and Nick Stader each swept three sets for the Knights. Rigali and Chiavacci lost one game. Malin and Stader lost three.
Jake Fereni and Soloman Pule went 3-0 for the Knights at No. 3.
Mission Prep 11, Righetti 7
The Royals beat the Warriors (0-7, 0-4) in a PAC 8 League match at Righetti.
Kalin Corral did not drop a game in the two sets he won at No. 1 singles for the Warriors. Samuel Han and Mario Gonzalez won two doubles sets for Righetti.
Santa Maria 3, Lompoc 0
The Saints beat the Braves for the second straight time, this time at Lompoc. No details were available.
Both teams are 5-3 in the Los Padres League.
Cuesta defeated Hancock 2-1 in the second game of a Western State Conference North doubleheader Monday.
The first game may or may not have ended in a forfeit in favor of Cuesta.
The game was tied 2-2 in the top of the sixth when a potential re-entry error on a substitution error was called on Hancock and the game ended as a 7-0 forfeit against the Bulldogs.
Hancock protested the ruling, and the teams are awaiting the WSC commissioner's decision.
In the second game, Cuesta's Demi Danell won a pitchers' duel against Bailey Killough. Danell allowed two hits. Killough gave up five. Both pitched complete games.
Cuesta scored twice in the second inning, and that was enough for the Cougars. Killough and Partida had Hancock's hits. The Bulldogs did not have an RBI.
Cuesta is 11-9, 6-4. Hancock is 15-6, 8-2.
Santa Maria 20, Lompoc 12
The wind was blowing out from home plate at Lompoc, both teams took advantage and Santa Maria (5-5, 1-1) came away with an LPL win.
The game was a makeup of an earlier one that was postponed because of rain.
Santa Maria snapped an 8-8 tie with seven runs in the fifth.
Samantha Rodriguez hit a two-run home run in the second inning and a three-run shot in the fifth for the Saints. Xchelle Glidewell went 3-for-4 and drove in a run.