Perhaps it was a good thing that Menlo School junior Patrick Grimes started his final round on the 10th hole at Rancho Canada West Golf Course on Tuesday at the Central Coast Section Championships, because it allowed him to pull off a spectacular finish to a remarkable round.
Wrapping up his round on the 485-yard par-5 ninth hole, Grimes eagled his final hole to finish with a 7-under-par 64 and a one-stroke victory. It was the lowest round ever recorded in the CCS Championships.
The triumph qualified Grimes for the CIF NorCal Championships next Monday. He'll be joined by Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Kevin Knox, whose even-par 71 was good enough for a NorCal berth. Grimes and Knox will compete for spots in the state championships when NorCals are held at the Legends West course at Diablo Grande resort in Patterson.
The sensational round by Grimes, which included no bogeys, remarkably earned him just a one-stroke victory over Skyler Finnel of R.L. Stevenson. Only five golfers broke par.
The entire Sacred Heart Prep team, meanwhile, missed advancing by just two strokes following a 376 total that left the Gators in fourth place with the same score as Carmel. Only the top three teams advanced to NorCals.
Sacred Heart had all six golfers shoot in the 70s, but it still wasn't enough. Senior Dalan Refioglu shot 73 (he missed qualifying by one shot), Jeff Knox had a 76, Brett Van Zanten carded a 77, Anthony Tran finished at 79 and Andrew Vetter holed a wedge shot for an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole to finish with a 79. Kevin Knox had to birdie the final four holes to shoot his 71 and qualify for the next tourney.
R.L. Stevenson of Pebble Beach used its course knowledge well to win team honors at 366. Palma (Salinas) was second at 369 and St. Francis third with a 374. Menlo shot 389 and finished eighth in the eight-team event. Freshman Andrew Buchanan led the Knights with a 3-over 74. Junior MJ Cootsona shot 77.