FAIRFIELD — With the prep boys golf season is quickly approaching the postseason, one player has his eyes set on another title.
Vanden’s Devyn Fitchhorn, just a junior, is the two-time defending Solano County Athletic Conference champion and looks to be the favorite to win three in a row, though he might get some competition from Benicia’s Evan Cuenco.
Other city squads are also trying to make their mark as the season winds down.
Here’s an update on this year’s teams:
Fitchhorn is the backbone of the Vikings’ team, leading them to a a 6-2 record so far in SCAC play and to a 6-3 mark overall.
Also back for Vanden this season are senior Nick Andrews, Ryan Cantrell and Mike Harris. Freshman Jake Sheppard and Andrew Switzer, along with sophomore Garrett Magnuson, balance out a talented squad.
“Golf at Vanden and in the SCAC all begins with Devyn Fitchhorn,” Vikings coach Kevin Ratterman said. “Only a junior, he is already the two-time defending league champion. . . . If we stay healthy and behave, we should be able to challenge any team in the SCAC (for the title).”
Coach Justin Anderson is in his second year at the helm of the Indians, and though his team is mostly young, his golfers have some varsity experience.
Jonathan Delmendo, Thomas Cessna and Bryce Nielson are all sophomores who played on the varsity last season, and Anderson also has a few freshman he’s looking to develop in the next couple of seasons.
“I’m looking for lots of continued growth from our guys,” Anderson said. “We are a very young team again this year, even though we return four of our starters. These young men are capable of scoring low rounds on any day. We also have a couple of freshmen that have made large gains in the pre-season and could be called on early to put up low scores to help our team succeed.
“Our team is full of guys who have been working hard and improving daily and should see more victories this season than we did last year.”
The Mustangs are also a team looking toward the future with three golfers back from last season.
Senior Jacob Hurt is back, as are sophomores TJ McCormick and Brandon Alemania. Coach Rodney Peters is also looking to get some good rounds from junior transfer Jordan Turley and sophomore Parker Oldham.
“I am excited to see what these kids can do,” the coach said. “The future for Rodriguez is bright.”
Reach Brian Arnold at 427-6969 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/barnolddr.