Washington senior Henry Weverka shot a 6-over-par 74 to win his second consecutive San Francisco Section boys’ golf tournament. But it was Wallenberg that came in lowest on the team side, winning its first team title and handing Washington its fourth straight second-place finish.
Weverka edged Wallenberg junior T.J. Jang for the title on the back nine at Lincoln Park Golf Course after finishing the first nine down two strokes.
“I knew it would be close between T.J., myself, Max Tom [of Washington] and Anurat Rojanapairat from Lowell. So I was definitely watching T.J.,” Weverka said.
Rojanapairat finished second, three shots behind Weverka. Jang was another shot back at 78 as only three players broke 80.
“It was interesting how one second we’d be tied but the next hole someone would make or miss a put and then suddenly you’d be down by two strokes and have to make it up,” Weverka added. “It was very up-and-down and around for the both of us.”
Weverka started off by going 6-over on the first four holes, but played well coming down the stretch, shooting only 2-over on the last 12 holes.
Jang led by two shots after the front nine with a 37, but hit four straight bogies and one double-bogey while Weverka chipped away at his lead. Jang was more than pleased, however with his performance, saying he is happy contributing his score to the team effort.
“If I do good in the individuals, it’s still going to be counted for the team,” Jang said. “If our team wins, I’m even more happy because I want to celebrate with my teammates, not by myself. I’m really happy that we won as a team and I’ll take that any day over an individual win.”
Jang bogeyed most of the back nine, but said his shot on No. 6 from an almost unplayable lie made his round.
“I was in the gunk and the roots of this tree and the shot was so hard I didn’t know if I wanted to take an unplayable [lie]. … I decided to play, choked up, swung my hardest and it ended on the fringe.”
Jang chipped in from the fringe for birdie.
“That was my confidence shot,” he said. “I felt like after that shot, we’re going to win. … I might not forget that shot.”
Weverka and Wallenberg advance to next week’s NorCal tournament at Brookside Country Club in Stockton.
WALLENBERG 463, WASHINGTON 474
WALLENBERG: T.J. Jang, Wallenberg, 78; Henry Weverka, Washington, 74; Nick Keane, Wallenberg, 89; Kurtis Wong, Wallenberg, 91; Yosef Gebremeskel, Wallenberg, 100; Chibuzo Emeka, Wallenberg, 110
WASHINGTON: Henry Weverka, Washington, 74; Maxwell Tom, Washington, 88; Brian Moy, Washington, 101; Cary Kato, Washington, 101; Reid Haley-Rutherford, Washington, 110; Bryan Wong, Washington, 112
Henry Weverka, Washington, 74; Anurat Rojanapairat, Lowell, 77; T.J. Jang, Wallenberg, 78; Jeremy Alfonso, Galileo, 87; Steven Camozzi, Galileo, 87; Victor Chew, Lincoln, 88; Maxwell Tom, Washington, 88; Nick Keane, Wallenberg, 89; Kurtis Wong, Wallenberg, 91; David Delgado, Lincoln, 93; Edward Chen, Lowell, 98; Chris Chew, Lincoln, 98; Yosef Gebremeskel, Wallenberg, 100; Brian Moy, Washington, 101; Cary Kato, Washington, 101; Michael Digneo, Lowell, 102; Daivy Ly, Wallenberg, 105; Reid Haley-Rutherford, Washington, 110; Chibuzo Emeka, Wallenberg, 110; Bryan Wong, Washington, 112