Timothy Yang's 25-foot birdie putt, his final stroke of the day, bumped a few inches above the surface, continued its path to the hole and dove in not unlike a gopher seeking shelter from a snake.
Upon seeing that, Yang thrust his hands outward and resigned himself to his glorious fate.
Guys, it was my day.
Yang, a fast-improving Enochs High sophomore, negotiated the nasty wind better than the rest Tuesday at the Modesto Metro Conference Championships. His 1-over 73 at Creekside, a better-than-good score given the gusts, earned medalist honors and anchored the Eagles' upset win over Johansen.
"You had to club up or club down. It was tough controlling it," Yang said. "The wind was all over the place."
Everything was a guessing game at Creekside. Wind blowing at about 20 mph, with gusts much higher, affected club selection, putts and balance. Only the players armed with the most expertise and patience mastered the conditions.
Yang, with his four birdies offsetting five bogeys, produced shots that alternately rode the wind or bore through it. Good fortune helped.
Besides his airborne final putt, he also rammed home an uphill 40-footer at the par-4 seventh.
Once again, the ball bounced along the way the greens were punched and sanded only two weeks ago and crashed against the back of the cup before it fell.
"Those putts would have raced by," Yang admitted. "I'll take 'em."
Yang's performance keynoted a day of mild surprises. Johansen, the league champion, rolled through the dual-meet season 12-0 but struggled on tournament day. Enochs, which had lost only to Johansen, topped the Vikings by six strokes.
"This was a little bit of an oddity," Johansen coach Dan Boer said. "I don't want to blame the kids. We just didn't handle the wind as good as we should have."
In an amusing twist, Enochs won the MMC but dropped the tournament title to Johansen in 2012. The roles were reversed a year later.
"Tim is far and above our best. It's just a matter of how well the rest play," Enochs coach Ed Faria said. "Today we had a freshman (Austin Haverdink) shoot a 79, his best score. That's what you need."
Enochs, Johansen and Modesto plus the top six individuals not on those three teams will advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South Tournament next Monday at Creekside.
Also moving on are medalist runner-up Matt Mensinger of Beyer (75), Chinmay Joshi of Beyer (76), Garrett Ingle of Gregori (77), Blake Houser of Downey (78), Gregory Jalli of Gregori (81) and Anthony Berbena of Beyer (84).
They survived Creekside. Yang excelled.
Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 578-2302. Follow Ron via Twitter @modbeesports.com