CIF Golf qualifiers
The seven CIF qualifiers from the Channel League Individual Tournament are, from left: Jeffrey Forster, Graham Chapman, Shams Jahangir-Arshad, Leo Metzger, Teddy Vigna, Thomas MacIntosh and Owen Hirth. (Courtesy photo)

The consistency of San Marcos junior Leo Metzger carried him to a second straight Channel League individual golf championship on Tuesday at the Alisal Ranch Course in Solvang.

Metzger, who shared the first-round lead with a 72,  shot a 1-under par 71 on Tuesday to win going away. His two-round total of 143 was seven shots ahead runner-up Teddy Vigna, a Dos Pueblos freshman who had a final-round 72 to finish at 150.

“Leo had a really solid couple of days on his way to his second straight championship,” said coach Jeff Ashton.

San Marcos freshman Graham Chapman, who was tied with Metzger after the first round, shot an 84 on Tuesday  and finished at at 157. The score put him in the top seven to qualify for the CIF Northern Regional on Monday at Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks.

San Marcos took four of the seven spots. Sophomore Shams Jahangir-Arshad (78-74) finished tied for third with Santa Barbara High’s Thomas MacIntosh (77-75) at 152.  Chapman was fifth (72-84—156) and Jeffrey Forster sixth (77-80—157).

“I was really proud of how all of our athletes played and I’m excited to have four of our athletes advancing to CIF Individuals,” said Ashton. “Shams and Jeffrey have been steady for us all year long and Graham has really worked hard to put things together at the right time.”

The final qualifier was Owen Hirth of Santa Ynez who tied with Ruben Mendoza of Dos Pueblos for seventh at 160 and won the CIF spot in a playoff. Hirth birdied the par-5 first hole to win the playoff. Mendoza will be an alternate.

Channel League Individual Tournament

At Par-72 Alisal Ranch GC

Final Scores

Top 7 qualify for CIF Northern Regional

Leo Metzger, San Marcos 72-71—143

Teddy Vigna, Dos Pueblos 78-72—150

Shams Jahangir-Arshad, SM, 78-74—152

Thomas MacIntosh, Santa Barbara 77-75—152

Graham Chapman, SM 72-84—156

Jeffrey Forster, SM, 77-80—157

Owen Hirth, Santa Ynez, 85-75—160 (Wins CIF spot in playoff)

Ruben Mendoza, DP, 80-80—160 (CIF alternate)

Scott Nightingale, DP, 79-82—161

Laith Reynolds, DP, 82-79—161

Hudson Hatton, SB, 79-86—165

Michael Gentry, DP 85-82—167

Rye Winans, SY,  85-85—170

Brody Ricci, SM 85-85—170

Holdt Gore, SM 84-88—172

Miles Mislang, SB 82-91—173

Luke Radabaugh, Cabrillo, 85-89—174

Jackson St. Denis, SY, 83-94—177

All-Channel League

First Team
Leo Metzger, San Marcos
Teddy Vigna, Dos Pueblos
Shams Jahangir-Arshad, San Marcos
Thomas MacIntosh, Santa Barbara
Graham Chapman, San Marcos
Jeffrey Forster, San Marcos

Second Team
Owen Hirth, Santa Ynez
Ruben Mendoza, Dos Pueblos
Scott Nightingale, Dos Pueblos
Laith Reynolds, Dos Pueblos
Hudson Hatton, Santa Barbara
Michael Gentry, Dos Pueblos 

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Barry Punzal, Sports Editor

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