If boys on the golf teams at Los Altos and Mountain View highs hope to make the postseason, they’ll have to go it alone.
Los Altos coach Rich Fujii and Mountain View coach Jim McGuirk acknowledged last week that their teams will not make the Central Coast Section regional playoffs, but a few of their golfers could qualify as individuals.
Fujii’s Eagles won’t finish high enough in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League to qualify for next week’s league finals, one of the prerequisites for making CCS. Los Altos is 2-9 in the SCVAL’s upper De Anza Division and ranks eighth among the 14 teams in the SCVAL (De Anza and El Camino divisions); only the top six advance to the league finals.
Mountain View should be among those teams, according to McGuirk. The Spartans entered this week in second place in the lower El Camino Division at 8-2 and ranked fourth in the SCVAL with two matches remaining, “so it looks good that we will make the league tournament,” he said.
But that’s as far as McGuirk expects Mountain View to go.
“Only the top two make it automatically (to CCS) and being a lower-division team, we will not make it as an at-large,” he said.
McGuirk does anticipate having at least one golfer at CCS: junior Michael Deklerk, the medalist in the Spartans’ 36-stroke win over Milpitas last week.
“Michael has qualified as an individual the past two years,” the coach said, “so he and a couple others could qualify as individuals, depending on how they do at the league finals.”
Along with the six teams, 51 golfers will qualify for the individual portion of the league finals, scheduled Tuesday at Santa Teresa Golf Course. Fujii expects a few of his players to be among them. Carlos Arieta ranks third in the SCVAL and Justin Yu is 48th. Two others are on the cusp: Brian Chin (52nd) and Marvin Lin (54th).
Arieta posted the Eagles’ best score at last year’s league finals, helping them make CCS regionals.
“He’s playing better than he was his freshman year and should make CCS,” Fujii said of the sophomore, Los Altos’ top scorer in losses to Saratoga and Cupertino last week.