Tesoro Boys’ Golf Team Wins SoCal Regional Title, Gets Message From Michael Block – Orange County Register
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The Tesoro men’s golf team produced their own Michael Block moment on Wednesday, then heard about it from the man who set the golfing world in turmoil.
The Titans’ stage wasn’t as grand as the PGA Championship, but it was their biggest moment so far.
Keegan Gicking recorded a long double eagle or “albatross” on the par-5 16th hole to help Tesoro claim his first CIF-SCGA SoCal Regional Tournament title with a 9-under par score of 361 at Los Serranos Golf Club in Chino Hills.
At the PGA Championship on Sunday, Block – who has two sons on the Tesoro golf team – pulled off his own shot from long range as he landed the 15th hole in Rochester, NY. The shot capped an unlikely shot led by the chief golf pro from the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo for a 15th place finish.
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The block has become a fan favorite, receiving praise from Michael Jordan among others. But on Wednesday, he sent his congratulations to Tesoro and specifically Gicking in a video message he sent from Texas, where he is preparing for the PGA event at Colonial.
“We’re all on cloud nine,” said Titans coach Van Johnstone, whose team qualified for the CIF State Championships for the first time. “Of course the whole team is excited and the Block brothers are even more excited with their father doing so well at the PGA Championship.”
“It’s a big win for our program,” added the coach.< /p>
Tesoro picked up the win playing his best on the par-5 16th. The Titans played the 513-yard hole at 7 under par as a team.
“One hole did it all,” said Johnstone, whose team edged out Torrey Pines by four strokes for the title.
Block’s son Ethan shot the 16th en route to a 71 under par. 16th to finish at 2 under par 72, matching Gicking.
Will Moos completed Tesoro’s lineup with a 1 over par 75. He recorded the par 16.
Capistrano Valley Christian’s Luke Powell shot a 68-under par to lead the Orange County Individuals with a third-place finish.
UCLA’s entry and Anaheim Discovery Christian’s Stephen Luo, who finished fourth with a 70, also qualified for the state finals on May 31 at Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach.
Torrey Pines’ Colin Li won the individual title with an 8-under 66.
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