High School Sports

Beyer golfer claims MMC

Standing in the fairway of the par-4 18th hole Thursday at Creekside Golf Course, Beyer High golfer Katie Canadas was excited.

She was 160 yards out after a 220-yard drive, needing a par for a 1-under 71.

"The adrenaline kind of kicked in and I swung a little hard," said Canadas, whose second shot went into a greenside bunker.

Canadas double-bogeyed the hole -- she left her bunker shot short of the putting surface -- but still won individual honors at the Modesto Metro Conference Tournament. Johansen won the team title with a 485.

"I knew I was doing well and I wanted to continue to do well," said Canadas, who finished with a 1-over-par 73. "I like finishing strong and I think I wanted to finish strong just a little too much."

Johansen's Allyssa Pena finished second with a 75 and teammate Christine Uhalde third at 79. Beyer took second in the team standings, with Modesto third. Modesto finished second in the regular season (which counts more toward postseason berths) and with Johansen will represent the MMC at the Division I South Tournament at Creekside on Monday.

Canadas had three birdies in her round -- on Nos. 7, 11 and 12.

Her 9-iron from 110 yards out on No. 7 stopped about a foot from the hole. On No. 11, the senior used a pitching wedge from 50 yards out to stop the ball 2 feet from the hole. And on the 147-yard No. 12 she used a 7-iron to knock it 20 feet from the hole.

"She is playing her best golf in her four years here right now," Beyer coach Rod Taylor said. "The last couple weeks, she's been playing very well."

Pena also played well Monday, with three birdies.

She had a strong front nine with birdies at Nos. 5 and 6. Her 6-iron at the par-3 fifth stopped 12 feet from the hole and her 7-wood second shot on the par-5 sixth hole landed just short of the green, from where she chipped it close and made the putt.

"I shot one stroke better than I was trying to shoot," said Pena, who also sank a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 11.

The top six finishers not on Johansen or Modesto also advance to the Division I South tourney. Canadas will join teammates Jill Mochizuki (88) and Kayla Grey (96) along with Davis High's Jessica Munoz (94) and Stephanie Prahser (100) and Enochs High's Devin Crossfield (100).

Johansen coach Brad Stewart says MMC players will have an advantage at Creekside because most are very familiar with it -- his team played the course five times this season.

"Hopefully they don't get overconfident," said Stewart.

Stewart is the director of the Division I South Tournament and was responsible for choosing the site. He said he tried to have it at Del Rio Country Club, Spring Creek or Oakdale, but those courses were booked.

"To be honest I didn't want it here," he said, "but they move it every year so it gives the girls here a little bit of an advantage."

Bee sports writer Scott Oxarart can be reached at soxarart@modbee.com or 578-2300.