GLF: Metzger takes lead at Channel League Championship

San Marcos' Sam Metzger hits from a sand trap on Monday. (Courtesy Photo)

San Marcos’ Sam Metzger hits from a sand trap on Monday at Soule Park. (Courtesy Photo)

San Marcos’ Sam Metzger is leading the Channel League Individual Championship after a 4-under 68 on Monday, with teammate Niels Andersen and Ventura’s Caleb Johnson in close pursuit.

The second and final round is Tuesday at Soule Park in Ojai.

Metzger is at the top of the leaderboard but Andersen and Johnson sit four shots back at 72. Three others – San Marcos’ Chad Visser and Bennett Reichard, and Dos Pueblos’ Zach Steinberger – carded 75s and are tied for fourth.

Metzger’s round included five birdies and only one bogey.

Johnson is already in the Channel League record books having shot a 62 at Buenaventura Golf Course in April. Metzger placed seventh at last year’s league finals but made a strong run in CIF competition going all the way to the CIF State Tournament.

The finalists will tee off on Tuesday in the mid morning. Metzger, Anderson, Johnson and Steinberger are in the last group together.

Name School Round 1 Round 2 Total
Metzger, Sam San Marcos 68 68
Andersen, Niels San Marcos 72 72
Johnson, Jacob Ventura 72 72
Reichard, Bennett San Marcos 75 75
Steinberger, Zach Dos Pueblos 75 75
Visser, Chad San Marcos 75 75
Crane, Brandon Santa Barbara 76 76
Murata, Tyler Ventura 77 77
Benedictus, Mikha Dos Pueblos 79 79
Rodriguez, James Buena 79 79
Gomersall, Preston Santa Barbara 80 80
Pigatti, Joseph Dos Pueblos 80 80
Wong, Chris San Marcos 80 80
Nam, Michael Dos Pueblos 81 81
Cheung, Daniel Dos Pueblos 83 83
Warren, L.T. Ventura 84 84
Warren, Conard Ventura 85 85
Yanez, Brian Buena 85 85
Teron, Mason Buena 86 86
Ochsner, James Santa Barbara 88 88
Bjorklund,Torin Santa Barbara 89 89
Smith, Dylan Ventura 89 89
Flynn, Kevin Santa Barbara 95 95
Cartier, Scott Buena 98 98
Parsons, James Dos Pueblos 98 98
Perich, Justin Buena 99 99
Fairweather, Brandon Buena 106 106