5/7/2014 6:00:00 AM Jacket golfers close in on Imperial Valley League crown
BLYTHE, Calif. — The Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket golf team won its fourth straight Imperial Valley League golf match as it carded a team score of 408 at Mesa Del Sol Golf Course in Yuma last week.
Randy Peterson Palo Verde Valley Times
BLYTHE, Calif. - The Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket golf team won its fourth straight Imperial Valley League golf match as it carded a team score of 408 at Mesa Del Sol Golf Course in Yuma last week. The margin of victory was 53 shots over Southwest's 461 effort as the Eagles edged Brawley by two shots and finished in the top two for the first time this season. Other team scores included Central at 518, Imperial at 537, and Holtville failed to field a full five-man team.
The final IVL match of the season will be played today in Wellton, Arizona at the Coyote Wash Golf Course and the Jackets have a five-point lead over Brawley and more than a 100-stroke advantage in total strokes over the Wildcats.
"All we really need to do is finish and we'll win the team title," said Jacket golf coach Ken Fletcher.
The individual race looks to be a lock as well as the Jackets' Darien Herrera carded a 79 at Mesa Del Sol and added to his individual lead although he didn't card the low round of the day for the first time in five league matches.
Medalist honors for the day came from Palo Verde's Dillon Smith as he shot a 76 and was the only other player in the field under 80 for the day.
"The round was his best of the season," said Fletcher. "Dillon hits the ball low and that helps in the wind along with the fact he's been playing better lately."
The other Jackets scoring on the day were Phillip Thome with an 82, Andrew Thome with an 83, and Logan Whiting with an 88.
Herrera takes a significant lead into the final round of the individual race and has could only lose if Brawley's Matt Schmitt or Phillip Thome were to shoot in the low 60s and Herrera would need to shoot in the upper 80s to lose the crown.
According to Fletcher, the Jackets head into the final round with the first, third, fifth, seventh, ninth, and eleventh individual players in the league.
Individuals have to have played in five of the six league matches to qualify for first or second team IVL. Players who play in all six matches will be able to throw out their worst round of the six.