It was Zach Mikus, Clovis West High and more of the same Tuesday in the Central Section North Area boys tournament at Riverside Golf Course.
“I like the course and just kind of got hot both times, I guess,” Mikus said after firing a 1-under 71 for his second North Area title in three years.
He won it with a 70 at the same venue as a sophomore.
“Things kind of happened and fell into place both times on the right day,” said the senior, who closed Tuesday’s round by flushing a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 18.
Clovis West, also featuring a 73 by junior Peter Kuest and a 77 by freshman Tyler Gardner, shot a five-man, 22-over 382 to repeat its area championship by 13 strokes over Bullard.
The Knights of the County/Metro Athletic Conference, effectively meshing experience with youth, received 77s from seniors Charlie Chapman and Vincent Pishione and a 78 and a 79 from sophomores Michael Jura and Evan Cook.
Clovis West and Bullard, in D-I, and North Area D-II titlist Fresno Christian advanced to the section team finals next Tuesday at Dragonfly Golf Course (formerly Riverbend) in Madera. The top two D-I finishers and the D-II winners from the Central and South area tournaments will join them.
Mikus, Kuest, Clovis’ Cody Avila (75) and 13 others from the North Area also qualified for the section individual championship May 19 at River Island Golf Course in Porterville.
Mikus helped lead a Clovis West runaway team section title last year — the Golden Eagles’ second in three seasons and sixth overall.
They won that one with a senior-based cast led by Bee All-Stars Trent Nishimura, James Trevino and Jeffrey Yamaguchi.
This year, however, only Mikus returned with significant varsity experience for the Tri-River Athletic Conference champion Eagles.
“I questioned our team chemistry at the beginning of the season,” Clovis West 14-year coach Tom Deel said. “It’s a real tribute to them to come together. I think we’re peaking as a team. Playing in the TRAC, you either peak at this time of the year after surviving the league, or it’s going to do other things to you. Hats off to members of our league; they make you better.”