Teams to watch: Turlock features junior Sam Smith, The Bee's Golfer of the Year after winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I, Masters and Northern California championships. The Bulldogs boast two other all-CCC performers in Peter Balisha and sophomore Travis Souza, while freshman Paul Smith -- Sam's brother -- is an NCGA-ranked golfer. ... Bret Harte is picked to win the MLL, with the return of Brendan Warner, David Hunter and Aron Schwartz. Transfer Russell Riner adds more depth. ... Johansen should challenge in the MMC with sophomore Daniel Covrig, MMC medalist a year ago, and three other returning starters: Ryan May, Evan Gray and Nathan Bollinger. ... Turlock Christian has been a small-school power the last few years and returns SL MVP Andre Navarro, as well as sophomore Bo Warda and junior Anders Jerner.
Players to watch: Beyer's Michael Garvin and Ethan Ferguson could challenge for postseason spots. ... Mariposa is looking forward to the season with an experienced crew led by all-SL picks Eric Link and Kamryn Turner. Dillon Moore and Justin Bowen also qualified for the section tournament. ... Escalon's Austin Jackson is a three-year all-TVL pick who was sixth in the Division IV tourney last year. He's joing by three other returning starters: Travis Hill, Donovan Gardner and Jimmy Morris.