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Folsom Lake College golf team wins tourney, tennis team falls to American River

By: Staff Report
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The Folsom Lake College men’s golf team took a big leap forward Tuesday, as they won the seventh Big 8 Conference Tournament at Brookside Country Club in Stockton with a team score of 389. Steve Mesich and Drew Roberts led the Falcons, as both finished their round in 76 strokes. Tommy Crowther came in with a 77, followed by Luke Ivazian and James Millward, who shot 80s, and Cole Zarecky’s 81. Folsom finished with a round of 389, followed by Sierra (393), Santa Rosa (394), Modesto (397), Butte (404), American River (408), Delta (412) and Napa Valley (430). The win vaulted Folsom Lake ahead of American River into second place in the Big 8 standings and closed the gap on first place Santa Rosa to a mere seven points. With five tournaments remaining, Santa Rosa leads with 85 points, followed by Folsom Lake (78) and American River (73). “The course was possibly the toughest they’ll see all season,” Folsom coach Barry Zarecky said. “It was the ugliest, nastiest rough I have ever seen, as a coach OR a player. Guys were losing golf balls just inches off the fairway, but I’m so proud of this team. They’re really doing the job.” The win boosted the Falcons’ overall season record to an impressive 44-12. Tennis teams fall Meanwhile, the Falcon tennis teams took on district rival American River College at Broadstone Racquet Club. While both teams came away with losses, they didn’t let the Beavers go home without a fight. The FLC women were on the short end of an 8-1 score that was much closer than it sounds. Lily Wong lost a 4-6, 7-6 (10-1 tiebreaker) heartbreak match to ARC’s No. 1 player, but got revenge as she teamed with Emily Roberts to win #1 doubles 6-4, 7-5. The men’s match was a nailbiter as the two teams split the six singles matches, 3-3. It was left to the doubles to determine the outcome. Unfortunately, the Falcons took just one of the three doubles, making the final score 5-4 in favor of the Beavers. Nik Tummala, Nick Lord, and Perry Torres all won in singles, while Tummala and Lord won their match at No. 1 doubles. The men finished the Big 8 regular season with a 2-8 record (3-9 overall), while the women finished 4-6 (4-8 overall).