Exciting race building in local high school golf

Submitted photo – From left to right, Talon Vigil, Mason Alway, Julian Goodman and Esteban Cervantes

Arcata’s Mason Alway is building momentum on the local golf courses after another strong showing in round three of H-DN play on Thursday.

Competing at the Eureka Municipal Golf Course, Alway led the field for the second straight round and opened up a gap at the top of the season standings.

The Arcata standout shot a 75 for a three-stroke victory in rainy conditions and now leads the league standings by six strokes.

He also won on Monday after shooting a 74 at Baywood.

He wasn’t the only one to impress in the testing conditions on Thursday.

Eureka’s Talon Vigil had the second best round of the day and finished just three strokes behind Kramer with a 78, while St. Bernard’s Jack Kramer continued to defy the odds with a round of 83, the third best score on the day.

Kramer, who is is still recovering from a broken arm he suffered late in the wrestling season, is competing with essentially just one arm as he works his way back to full health, but still was good enough to beat out all but two golfers in the field.

Kramer’s teammate Esteban Cervantes and Arcata’s Beck Pedersen tied for the fourth best round of the day with an 85.

Cervantes, who won the opening round of the season at Beau Pre, is second to Alway in the season standings, just six strokes back, with defending league champion Vigil also right in the mix and just one stroke further back.

The consistent Vigil and Alway each have posted three consecutive top-three finishes to start the season.

Kramer remarkably is well positioned for White Star all-league honors, which go to the the top seven in league, and is tied with Eureka’s Julian Goodman for fourth in the season standings.

Submitted photo – The H-DN boys faced tough conditions at Eureka on Thursday.

Submitted photo – St. Bernard’s Jack Kramer has been competing while recovering from a broken arm he suffered late in the wrestling season.

The Loggers took the team victory on Thursday, edging the Arcata Tigers by just one stroke (341-342) for their second team win in three rounds.

With the win, the Eureka boys stretched their season lead to 17 in the team standings, with Arcata in second.

The league is shaping up to be an exciting two-horse race this spring, with the Loggers and Tigers pulling away from the rest of the field.

In addition to the strong showing by Vigil, Eureka’s Goodman (86), Jerome Lyon (88), Andrew Stewart (89) and Nate Hill (94) each also impressed in the challenging conditions.

All six Arcata golfers broke 100, showcasing the team’s depth.

In addition to Alway and Pedersen, Arcata’s Cameron Leach shot a 90, Zayne Morris-Slattery a 92 and Lucas Wimberly a 95.

Kadian Thurman led the way for Fortuna with an impressive round of 86, while teammate Dawson McWhorter shot a 91.

Kai Russell and Blake Larson each led Del Norte with rounds of 91.

Carter Reeves led McKinleyville with a 94, two strokes better than teammate Jake Gardner, while Trevor Hunt paced South Fork with a 92.

St. Bernard’s Alex Jun and Jack Kramer

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