All-Bee boys golf First Team, Honorable Mention

The Fresno BeeJuly 16, 2012 

First Team and Honorable Mention selections for the 2012 All-Bee boys golf team.

Justin Avery

School: Buchanan

Grade: Sophomore

He's qualified because: Rose from Bears' No. 6 player a year ago to become a CIF Southern California Regionals qualifier, where he shot a 78 that tied for the 12th-best round of the day. Reached the SoCal Regionals by shooting a 75 at the Central Section Individual Championships, tied for the sixth-best score of the day. "He really put the hours in and turned himself into a good player in every area," Buchanan coach Greg Funk said. "He got longer (on his drives,) his iron game got better, his chipping, course management, everything." Ranked sixth in the Tri-River Athletic Conference with a 74.8 scoring average, and shot a 147 over 36 holes during the league tournament. Avery's 71 was the third-best score of the day at the North Area Championships.

Chad Bell

School: Clovis North

Grade: Senior

He's qualified because: Became first golfer from Clovis North to qualify for the CIF State Championships by shooting a 71 at the Southern California Regional, tied for the fifth-best score of the day. Shot a 79 at the state tourney, tied for 38th. His 73 tied for the fourth-best score during the Central Section Individual tourney. Helped Broncos win the Division II title and finish second behind only D-I champ Clovis West with a 76 at the section team championships. "He rarely missed a fairway," Clovis North coach Ron Ramos said of Bell, who ranked fourth in the Tri-River Athletic Conference with a scoring average of 72.6. "And he's the kind of player who even if he's not hitting the ball well, he'll hold his score together because he doesn't let struggles get to him." Signed with NCAA I Lafayette (Pa.).

Trevor Clayton

School: Clovis

Grade: Senior

He's qualified because: Making his second All-Bee appearance after finishing the regular season with the third-best scoring average in the Tri-River Athletic Conference at 71.6. Clayton shot 6-under 138 over 36 holes during the two-round TRAC tournament. Narrowly missed qualifying for the Central Section Individual Championships with a 78 at the North Area tournament. "Trevor has talent, but he put in extra effort all the time to be better," Clovis coach Fred Avila said. "He hits the ball big and he's accurate as well. His length changes the game because he's hitting shorter irons on to the greens." Clayton tied for fourth at the section championships a year ago with a 76. Signed with NCAA Division II Cal State Stanislaus.

Ryan Corbin

School: Clovis North

Grade: Junior

He's qualified because: Helped Broncos qualify for the CIF Southern California Regional by shooting a 74 at the Central Section Team Championships, where Clovis North won the Division II title. Corbin's 79 at the SoCal Regional capped a season that saw him post the second-best scoring average in the Tri-River Athletic Conference at 71.2. Was champ of the North Area tourney with a 68. Followed that with a 77 at section Individual Championships, tied for the seventh-best round of the day. "He's learned to really even out the success that he has with some of the struggles you sometimes have on the course," Clovis North coach Ron Ramos said. "You don't know how he's scoring because he's learned to handle adversity really well."

Cody Neal

School: Lemoore

Grade: Senior

He's qualified because: Four-time qualifier for the CIF Southern California Regionals, where Neal shot a 79 in the finale to his decorated high school career. Shot a 74 at the Central Section Individual Championships, tied for the fifth-best score of the day. Led Lemoore to the Central Area team title, placing first individually for the second year in a row with a 69. Neal set West Yosemite League records for scoring average (69.2) and low round (65, at Visalia's Valley Oaks). "He manages his game well and minimizes damage," said Lemoore coach Keith Neal, Cody's father. "When he's playing well, he gets the birdies and doesn't tend to go backwards." Finished second at section tourney last year after a six-hole playoff against Bullard's Michael Tolladay. Signed with NCAA Division I University of the Pacific.

Brandt Rodrigues

School: Lemoore

Grade: Senior

He's qualified because: Shot a 75 at the Central Section Individual Championships, finishing in a three-way tie for the sixth-best round, but missed out on qualifying for the CIF Southern California Regional on the tiebreaker of back-nine score. Rodrigues' 76 led Lemoore to a fourth-place finish in Division I at the section team championships. He shot a team second-best and tournament fourth-best 77 as Tigers won the Central Area title. Had a regular-season scoring average of 71.4 for the West Yosemite League champions. "He's always been a good ball-striker," Lemoore coach Keith Neal said. "And this year, he really improve his driving, which improved his scoring chances." Plans to play for West Hills-Lemoore next season.

Nick Sorenson

School: Bullard

Grade: Senior

He's qualified because: Played his way into the CIF Southern California Regional where he shot a 75, among the top 40 in a 124-player field. Earned his spot in SoCal by shooting a 74 -- tied for the day's fifth-best round -- at the Central Section Individual Championships. His 70 was the second-best round of the day and led Bullard to the team title at the North Area tournament. Had a regular season scoring average of 74 for the County/Metro Athletic Conference champion Knights. "There's no shot he won't try to pull off," Bullard coach Randy Seib said. "It doesn't matter what kind of trouble he gets into, he feels he can make the shot. And he's a magician around the green. He can save par from anywhere." Signed with Fresno State.

Brandon Stites

School: Bullard

Grade: Senior

He's qualified because: Finished second at the Central Section Individual Championships with a 1-under 71 to earn a spot in the CIF Southern California Regional. At SoCal, Stites shot a 75. He carded 77s to help Bullard win the North Area tournament and finish second in Division I during the section Team Championships. Stites' 72.5 scoring average helped the Knights win the County/Metro Athletic Conference title, and he carded a 73 during his team's win at the league tournament. "He is the consummate competitor," Bullard coach Randy Seib said. "He will practice, practice, practice until he thinks he's perfected it. He's never in trouble because he hits fairways and greens." Graduated with a 4.3 GPA and is headed to play for Pepperdine next season.

Michael Tolladay

School: Bullard

Grade: Senior

He's qualified because: Three-time All-Bee selection and last season's Golfer of the Year, Tolladay wrapped up his career with a tie for 21st place at the CIF Southern California Regional, where he shot a 73. Earned his spot in SoCal for the third straight year by tying for third with a 72 at the Central Section Individual Championships, a tourney he won last season. Tolladay's 72 paced Bullard to a second-place finish in Division I at the section team championships. He shot 74 as the Knights won the North Area Tournament and his 67 led the way at the County/Metro Athletic Conference tourney. "Michael's shot creativity is what makes him such a great player," Bullard coach Randy Seib said. "He can live in the trees and still save par." Has a regular-season scoring average of 72 for CMAC champ Knights. Signed with University of the Pacific.

James Trevino

School: Clovis West

Grade: Sophomore

He's qualified because: Captured the Central Section Individual Tournament title with a 2-under 70. Also was a key member of team that reached the CIF State Championships, where he shot a 78 (tied for 34th individually) as the Golden Eagles finished sixth as a team. Trevino shot an 80 at the Southern California Regional (where Clovis West was third as a team), a 77 as the Golden Eagles won the Central Section Division I team title and a 73 as his team finished second in D-I at the North Area tournament. Had a regular-season scoring average of 74 for the Tri-River Athletic Conference champions. He can hit a shot in the trees and you or I would get a double," Clovis West coach Tom Deel said. "But he finds a way to get the ball in the hole."

Jeffrey Yamaguchi

School: Clovis West

Grade: Sophomore

He's qualified because: Yamaguchi's 2-under 70 was the low round individually and led Clovis West to the Central Section Division I team championship. He then shot an 80 as the Golden Eagles placed third in the Southern California Regional and a 78 as Clovis West finished sixth at the CIF State Championships. He also shot a 77 at the North Area tournament, where Clovis West was second in D-I. "The thing about Jeff's game is consistency," Clovis West coach Tom Deel said. "He's fairways and greens. Nothing flashy. He epitomizes team golf." Yamaguchi tied for the fourth-best score with a 73 at the section individual tournament. Had a regular-season scoring average of 75.8 for the Tri-River Athletic Conference champions.

Honorable Mention

Garrett Arbuckle, Buchanan
Roman Guzman, El Diamante
Luke Foster, Reedley
Andrew Medellin, Madera
Ryan Olson, Kingsburg
Logan O'Malley, Central
Jeff Roseth, Fresno Christian
Jacob Rufino, Clovis North
Russell Takeuchi, Clovis West
Mike Smith, Kerman
Trevor Spade, Golden West
Tyler Zaentz, Fresno Christian
Kyle Vizzolini, Central Valley Christian

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