Two strokes separate top five at Fortuna in closest round yet

Submitted photo – St. Bernard’s Jack Kramer take this ball out of the cup after hitting a hole-in-one at the Redwood Golf & Country Club on Monday.

Arcata’s Mason Alway and St. Bernard’s Esteban Cervantes tied for the low score of the day in the tightest round of H-DNL boys golf this season at Fortuna’s Redwood Empire Golf & Country Club on Monday.

The top two golfers in the H-DN this spring each shot an 81, with Eureka’s Talon Vigil and Del Norte’s Kai Russell just one stroke back with identical rounds of 82.

Cervantes’ teammate Jack Kramer also had a memorable round after acing the second hole.

Alway, a recent Humboldt Sports Athlete of the Week, has now won or tied for the best round in three of the four rounds of league play, while Cervantes has won or tied on two occasions.

The Arcata junior holds a six-stroke lead over Cervantes in the season standings, with defending league champion Vigil also right in the mix, just two strokes further back.

There are two rounds of golf remaining in league play, at Del Norte and Baywood Golf & Country Club.

Just two strokes separated the top five on Monday, with Vigil’s Eureka teammate Julian Goodman shooting an 83 for the fifth best round.

The Loggers took the team win over Arcata by eight strokes, which was their third team win in the four rounds of league action.

The victory also widened the gap in the season standings, with the Loggers now holding a 25-stroke advantage, with St. Bernard’s a distant third.

Several other golfers also impressed on Monday in cold conditions with some icy rain early in the round.

According to SB head coach Brian Dunlap, the course conditions were amazing considering the recent weather.

“The staff (at Redwood) is to be commended,” he said.

Kramer’s hole-in-one helped him to a round of 87, as he continues his comeback from a broken arm suffered late in the wrestling season.

South Fork’s Trevor Hunt also continued to impress.

The Cubs standout has been one of the most consistent golfers in league play with just six strokes separating his best and worst rounds of the campaign.

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

Hunt shot a season-best 85 on Monday and remains in the thick of the chase for an all-league selection.

The top seven in league play all receive all-league honors, with Alway, Cervantes, Vigil, Goodman, Kramer, Russell and Arcata’s Beck Pedersen currently in those spots.

Eureka’s Andrew Stewart is eighth in the standings just one stroke back of Pedersen, with Hunt just two strokes further back.

Stewart shot an 87 on Monday, while Arcata’s Zayne Morris-Slattery had an 89 and Pedersen shot a 90.

Also impressing were Arcata’s Cameron Leach and Lucas Wimberly, who each shot a 92, while Eureka teammates Wyatt Zerlang and Jerome Lyon shot a 92 and 94, respectively.

Dawson McWhorter led host Fortuna with a round of 91, while McKinleyville’s Jake Gardner led the Panthers with a 93.

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