Channel League-champion Teddy Vigna of Dos Pueblos and Leo Metzger of San Marcos advanced to the CIF-SS Individual Golf Championship on Wednesday at the Northern Regional Tournament at Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks.
Vigna shot a 2-under par 68 and Metzger made it through a playoff after a late rally put him at 1-over 71 for 18 holes.
They’ll play in the CIF-SS Individual Championship and SCGA Qualifying on Thursday, May 18 at the River Ridge Country Club’s Vineyard Course in Oxnard.
Shams Jahangir-Arshad of San Marcos shot a 72 on Wednesday and missed the playoff for the final spots by one stroke. Jeffrey Forster of San Marcos and DP’s Scott Nightingale both shot 80 and missed the cut.
Vigna started hot, making birdie on the first hole. He had five birdies on holes 8 through 12, giving him a share of the lead.
“During that run he was able to put his approach shots close enough to the pin to give him a chance at birdie, and the putts were dropping,” said DP coach Kevin Ahlers.
Vigna’s 68 tied him for fourth place.
“He was happy to make the cut this year,” said Ahlers.
Metzger was in danger of missing the cut as he was 4-over with two holes to play.
He eagled the par-5 No. 1 (his 17th hole) and followed with a birdie on No. 2 to finish at 1-under and earn a spot in a six-player playoff for two spots.
The playoff lasted four holes, with Metzger scoring par-birdie-par to clinch a spot in the championship.
Coach Jeff Ashton said a new live-scoring app that the CIF is using made Metzger aware that the cutline was going to be either at even par or 1 over.
Ashton said Jahangir-Arshad “battled all day and should have been in the playoff as well.” A missed short putt ended up costing him.
“I was proud of the way both him and Jeffrey battled today and kept trying to make a charge,” said Ashton.