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The Bee’s Spring All-Stars: Boys Golf Small Schools Player of the Year Michael Cliff

Fresno Christian sophomore Michael Cliff is The Bee’s 2015 Small Schools Player of the Year in boys golf.
Fresno Christian sophomore Michael Cliff is The Bee’s 2015 Small Schools Player of the Year in boys golf. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Small Schools Player of the Year

Michael Cliff

  • School: Fresno Christian
  • Grade: Sophomore
  • Beating par: His 3-under 69 at Madera’s Dragonfly Golf Club on a day he led the Eagles to the Central Section Division II title was second only to Clovis West’s Zach Mikus’ 67 among 42 players in two divisions. Mikus was three strokes better than Bee Player of the Year Lane Pulliam of Hanford that day. Cliff, a Bee All-Star as a freshman, won his second consecutive West Sequoia League title, firing 8-under for 36 holes, including a school-record 66 at Lemoore Golf Course. He shot 74 in the section finals, 77 in the Southern California Regional and averaged 35.75 for nine holes for the season. That included a 30 on the front nine at Lemoore Golf Course in the WSL’s final round.
  • He said it: “Michael is exceptional in terms of his interest in the game and work ethic. While other players often tuck golf in among several other interests, it’s about all his parents and I can do to get him to take a break from the game every once in a while. Even when he’s not at the course, he’s watching tournaments, working on his short game in the yard, checking the mechanics of his swing. His eyes are on the long term. He’s certainly targeting a future in the game, at least at the top college level and wherever it takes him from there.” — Fresno Christian coach Jeff Hopper

Andy Boogaard: 559-441-6400, @beepreps

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