SANTA CRUZ — Few, if any, of the boys competing in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League Golf Championship on Tuesday know Pasatiempo Golf Club better than Santa Cruz High senior Myles Statsky.
He has a club sponsorship and knows the ins and outs of the course, especially, where to leave the ball on the greens.
Statsky overcame a topped tee shot on the first hole and overtook San Lorenzo Valley’s Ryan Hodge on the back nine to post a 2-over-par 70 for medalist honors.
“I kinda grinded, made some good putts, missed a couple putts, but I fought and got it done at the end,” said Statsky, a senior who will attempt to walk on at either North Carolina State University or UNLV and enroll in a PGA Management Program.
In a long running tradition, Harbor coach Scott Bedell purchased a hideous suit jacket from Goodwill for the medalist. This one featured a fur lapel, and Statsky proudly donned the undersized coat as he posed for photos.
Statsky became the first Cardinals medalist since freshman Matthew Holcomb won with a hole-in-one on No. 18 in 2017.
Hodge led at the turn with 34, one stroke better than Statsky, but closed with 43 for a 77 and second place. The SCCAL champion as a freshman in ’19, Hodge was attempting to close his prep career with another title.
Harbor junior Matthew Munro shot 79 for third place. Scotts Valley’s Joey Duncan and Aptos’ Shane Garvey shot 82 to tie for fourth place.
In addition to crowning the best individual golfer in the SCCAL, the championship is a qualifier for the upcoming Central Coast Section Tournament. The league’s top two teams, champion Aptos (10-0) and runner-up Harbor (7-3), already secured berths; the top two individuals not on either of those teams also earned berths.
Extending their season was Hodge and Duncan.
The CCS Qualifying Tournament takes place Tuesday at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The CCS Championships will be held May 17 at the same site, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
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SCCAL Golf Championship
1. Myles Statsky, Santa Cruz, 72
2. Ryan Hodge, SLV, 77
3. Matthew Munro, Harbor, 79
T4. Joey Duncan, Scotts Valley, 82
T4. Shane Garvey, Aptos, 82
6. Dominic DeLuca, Aptos, 84
7. Vito Riccabona, Aptos, 88
8. Colton Duerson, Scotts Valley, 90
T9. Isaiah Ruckman, Santa Cruz, 91
T9. James Dahlen, SLV, 91
T11. Dylan Schelegle, SLV, 93
T11. Ben Meltzer, Aptos, 93
T11. Jason Tucker, Harbor, 93
14. Ian Holbert, Harbor, 94
15. Jayden Doyle, Soquel, 95
T16. Seamus Carey, Aptos, 97
T16. Luke English, Soquel, 97
T16. Holden Ellis, Harbor, 97
19. Kenan Buntz, SLV, 98
20. Patrick Mackle, Aptos, 101
21. Nash Campbell, Harbor, 102
22. Travis Deane, Santa Cruz, 108
23. West Carlson, Santa Cruz, 116