After clinching his spot by virtue of a seventh-place tie in the Central Coast Section Boys’ Golf Championships, Terra Nova High School’s Dan Robertson is looking forward to the Northern California Golf Championships, which begin Monday in Chico.
The senior golfer edged out San Benito’s Will Cross in a playoff at the CCS tournament at Rancho Canada West in Carmel to determine who would receive the final individual automatic qualifying spot into NorCals.
“I wasn’t really expecting it,” Robertson said. “As soon as I got into the playoff, I was pretty nervous. ... Everybody at school was congratulating me.”
Robertson spent the past couple of years living in Pennsylvania, made it to the league championship last year, but has never competed in an event like the NorCals.
“[I] always had good competition in Pennsylvania. ... People on my team weren’t expecting me to get this far,” Robertson said. “I was playing pretty crappy.”
Terra Nova finished tied for first in the Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division, but Robertson called the competition in the Ocean “pretty bad.”
Robertson had not been shooting well in PAL play, but stepped up at CCS.
“Once we got past our league, there were pretty good golfers,” Robertson said about CCS.
Now with the competition level stepping up at NorCals, Robertson hopes to continue his strong play.
“I’m going to do the same as I did last week,” Robertson said about his preparation for NorCals. “[I’m] going to the range, work on my putting a little.”
Robertson will tee off at 9:40 a.m. Monday and be paired with Vincent Wolter from Skyline High School, Aaron Bronis from Livermore and Will Brink from East Union.
“There are going to be a lot of good golfers,” Robertson said. “Hopefully, I’m one of them.”
No matter what happens at Butte Creek Country Club in Chico, Robertson will be competing in the U.S. Amateur Championship at Erin Hills Golf Course in Wisconsin, which will be held in late August.
Robertson won’t be the only local taking part in the NorCal championships, as a pair of Menlo School players also qualified: senior Patrick Grimes and sophomore Andrew Buchanan, who both shot even-par 71s at CCS.
St. Ignatius will also be competing after it finished tied for third in the team portion of the CCS tournament.
The top three teams and top six individuals who are not a member of any of the top three teams will advance to the California State Championship in Pebble Beach on June 8.
WHAT: Northern California High School Golf Championships
WHEN: Monday, tee times starting at 8 a.m.
WHERE: Butte Creek Country Club, Chico
NOTE: The top three teams and top six individuals who are not a member of any of the top three teams will advance to the California State Championships in Pebble Beach on June 8