High School Golf State Tournaments: France, CDO keep it simple, successful

2011-10-29T00:00:00Z 2011-10-29T00:45:25Z High School Golf State Tournaments: France, CDO keep it simple, successfulDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 29, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Logan France's game plan on the golf course is pretty simple.

"I just play every shot and try to stay in the moment," France said.

Even in the state tournament?

"Yeah, it's just another tournament," the Canyon del Oro senior said.

France's philosophy worked perfectly Friday in the first round of the Division II state tournament at Randolph North.

The Boise State commit fired a 2-under 70 and has a one-stroke lead on Phoenix Thunderbird's Steve Otlewski.

They were the only two golfers to shoot under par in the first round.

France parred the first 11 holes and then three-putted on the 12th green for his first bogey.

He recovered quickly, picking up birdies on 13, 15 and 16.

"The front nine was stressful," France said. "The front is easier than the back, so I felt like I left some strokes out there early on.

"But, overall it was a good round."

France and the Dorados are in first place in the team standings. The veteran squad, which features three seniors, shot a 290 and has a 16-stroke lead over Thunderbird heading into today's final round.

Salpointe Catholic was tied for third at 312. Catalina Foothills was fifth (316) and Sabino sixth (323).

"We haven't had our A-game all season," France said. "It's good to see that we turned it up at the right time and put ourselves in a good spot heading into the final day.

"That said, we all can play better."

France's teammate, junior Jaime Waltmire, was tied for third with an even 72. Dorados senior Jack Otis was one shot behind at 73 and D.J. Niichel was at 75.

"Everyone on the team is very close and they're all friends, but those guys aren't going to give Logan anything Saturday," CDO coach John Farbarik said. "They'll all put pressure on him and hopefully everybody's play rises."

The Dorados are looking for their second straight state title. Farbarik's squad also had a healthy lead after the opening day in 2010.

However, the coach echoed France and said nothing will change today.

"Lead or no lead, I want our guys to go out there and play the way they always do," Farbarik said. "Of course it's nice to be in the lead, but it doesn't mean a whole lot right now."

Spencer Arnaud paced Salpointe with a 74, despite playing the No. 4 spot for the Lancers. Trent Terry, the team's No. 1, was one shot behind at 75.

Andrew Gunn was Catalina Foothills' top finisher with a 74. Sabino was paced by Billy Comeaux's 77.

France will tee off today at 8:48 a.m., with Otlewski, Arnaud and Chandler Seton Catholic's Austin Nelson.

Division I

Phoenix Pinnacle's Zach Wright, a Louisiana State commit, had the low round of the day with an eye-popping 62 at Dell Urich.

Glendale Independence's Anthony Quezada is just one stroke behind at 63.

Ironwood Ridge, the only Southern Arizona squad to qualify, had a team score of 291, which put the Nighthawks in ninth place.

The team was paced by Kevin Goldstein's 71. Austin Sverdrup, who committed to Embry-Riddle in Prescott after his round, shot a 72.

"I thought there would be better team scores across the board today," Ironwood Ridge coach Ryan Bais said. "It just took a while for everyone to get rolling, I think.

"We're in a very tough division with a lot of good teams, but that's not an excuse at all."

Tucson High's Anthony Moncada, who qualified as an individual, fired a 71 to tie Goldstein for the low score from Southern Arizona.

Cienega's Eric Merriman, also an individual qualifier, shot a 73. Rincon/University's Tyler Cooper shot a 75.

state golf schedule

• Boys: Division I, 7 a.m., at Dell Urich

Division II, 7 a.m., at Randolph North

• Girls: Division I, 7 a.m., at Aguila Golf Course in Laveen

Division II, 7 a.m., at Aguila

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