GLF: Royals come up short against L.B. Wilson

San Marcos took on Long Beach Wilson, one of the top golf teams in the Southern Section, and fell short, 389-408, in a match at Sandpiper Golf Course on Tuesday.

Niels Andersen fired a 72 for the Royals to earn medalist honors. But Wilson had four its golfers score in the 70s. The Bruins were led by brothers Hunter Epson (75) and Ryder Epson (77). They are the nephews of San Marcos boys basketball coach Dave Odell.

Despite the loss, San Marcos coach Aaron Solis said it was good experience to play against a CIF contender.

“Although we did not play our best golf today, we know we are not that far off from where we want to be,” Solis said. “Long Beach Wilson is one of the best teams in all of Southern Section (and defending champion from their division), and this was the first time that most of them had played Sandpiper.”

Anderson had three birdies in his round. Chad Visser shot a 79 for San Marcos, which is 12-4 on the season. Wilson is 18-1.

“We have been playing strong competition this year (played 4 defending CIF-SS champions this season) to get our young team ready for the stretch run,” Solis noted. “We need to play smart golf and be mentally disciplined for our match at BuenaVentura against Ventura on Thursday. Ventura is 60-80 strokes better on their home course, so they obviously have a huge home-course advantage. All six players for us are going to have to play their best golf of the year on Thursday if we are going to have a chance at the Channel League Championship.”

San Marcos
Niels Andersen 72
Chris Wong 86
Chad Visser 79
Andrew Rice 85
Bennett Reichard 86
Carlos Contreras 87

Long Beach Wilson
Hunter Epson 75
Harold Colubid 78
Ryder Epson 77
Austin Orkin 82
Andrew Fernandes 83
Nick Gregor 76

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