Tom Price Jr.
Only three shots separated the best and the worst individual round for the Exeter Monarchs in the first East Sequoia League mini-tournament at Kings Country Club on March 23.
The balanced play of the Monarchs led to a tournament best 216 team score, 18 strokes ahead of Woodlake in second place. Dinuba finished third with a 242, Corcoran had a 261 and Orosi shot a 310.
Exeter top golfers were Steven Thompson and Cory Cordero who each shot a 42. Alex Garcia, Clayde Barkley and Chris Rilea each shot a 44 and David McKinney shot a 45 as a non-scorer.
Exeter coach Jim Mitchell says even the golfers that didn't play in the top five this week have the capability to play with everybody on the team.
"[Being balanced] is never a problem," Mitchell said. "These are some good boys and they are not selfish. They have no problem having their teammates play ahead of them. Right now they will just take turns playing in the No. 6 spot."
The Monarchs are currently 7-3 and will host the next ESL mini-Tournament at Sierra View Golf Course.
"I am real happy right now, we shot a 216 and we would like to get that number out of the teens," Mitchell said. "This team is not as experienced as last year's, but we are really improving and by the end of the season we can be just as competitive."