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NVC men’s golf team continues its winning ways

Ryan Chamblee

The Napa Valley College men’s golf team continued its winning ways, picking up dual-match victories on Wednesday over San Jose City College and on Thursday over San Joaquin Delta College.

In a match played at Chardonnay Golf Club & Vineyards in American Canyon on Wednesday, Napa Valley beat San Jose City, 303-314. The scores from four players on each team were used in the team scoring.

Chase Hascup and Ryan Williams led the Storm, each shooting 74s.

They were followed by Keelan Cole with a 77 and Joe Amoroso with a 78.

Jordan Jacobs and Ryan Chamblee also played in the match, with each player shooting 79s.

“It was nice to see all six guys really contribute on our home course,” NVC coach Bob Freschi said. “They just enjoyed the day. We had a few goals we had to attain and they did it. Proud of the guys.

“We have depth and it showed on Wednesday with Jordan Jacobs and Ryan Chamblee shooting 79s. Jacobs is getting his opportunity and is making the best of it. It was good to see.

“A couple guys are a little disappointed in their round, but that’s the game of golf and that’s why we’re a team, with other guys picking each other up, and still scoring low.”

Had the traditional five scores counted in the team scoring, Napa Valley would have shot a 382 total.

“Really good to go in the 380s. That was really nice to see,” said Freschi, who is assisted by David Knox, a PGA Class A golf professional and the Director of Instruction at Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park.

In a match played at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton on Thursday, Napa Valley beat San Joaquin Delta, 426-468, in very windy conditions.

Hascup and Cole led the Storm, each with 84s.

They were followed by Ryan Stewart with an 85, Williams with an 86, Amoroso with an 87, and Chamblee with a non-scoring 91.

It’s the toughest conditions that NVC has played in so far, with high winds and firm greens, said Freschi.

“Coach (Knox) and I had to have a lot of positive chats with the players – just stay in the moment, just do your best,” said Freschi. “It’s not fun playing in the wind, but we’re here and we really had to execute and really grind it out. They were so exhausted after the round.

“They hung in there and I’m proud of them for that, as it was not easy. We beat another opponent, so good job for our guys.”

NVC continues its season on Monday, May 10 against Modesto Junior College. The dual match starts at 12:20 p.m. at Chardonnay Golf Club & Vineyards.

Marty James is a freelance writer who makes his home in Napa. He retired on June 4, 2019 after spending 40 years as a sports writer, sports editor and executive sports editor for the Napa Valley Register, a daily newspaper in Napa County. He is a 1979 graduate of Sacramento State and a member of the California Golf Writers & Broadcasters Association. He was inducted into the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame in 2016 and the Vintage High School Athletic Hall of Fame in September of 2019.