YC golf 8th, Bourguignon 10th, Anderson retires
The Yuma Catholic golf team climbed up a couple spots Saturday in the final round of the AIA Division III State Golf Tournament at Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott.
Still, the Shamrocks' run on top of the state came to an end, as did Grady Bourguignon's stretch off top-five finishes.
And, as it turns out, it will be six-year coach Bob Anderson's last go around.
The Shamrocks took eighth with a 318-327—645, Bourguignon took 10th with a 73-76—149 and Anderson announced his retirement after two state championships and an individual state champ.
“Having the golf program has been fantastic,” said Anderson, who said he wanted to focus more on his duties as a math teacher at Yuma Catholic. “It's the winningest program at YC and probably the city over these past years. It's just fantastic kids, fun to work with, a great assistant in Greg Abbott. But it really takes me out of the classroom too much.”
Anderson said he thought about retiring after last year's title, the second in a row for the Shamrocks, but knew this season would be a rebuilding year. Only two seniors from this year's club — Colin Pancrazi and Kody Boyd — are graduating, so Anderson said he felt more comfortable stepping aside.
“Sometimes you think so (about wishing to be able to retire on top), but you stop and say hey, this was a good team,” Anderson said. “It would be nice to quit after winning a state championship, but when I looked at it my decision was to not go out during a rebuilding year. And next year's team, we're graduating two seniors, but the next two in line are about as good. There's a whole slate coming back for next year and whoever takes over is going to be able to compete just like we've always done.”
Bourguignon shot a 73-76—149, his highest score and lowest finish in his third trip to the state tourney. He carded a 140 and finished second as a freshman.
But Anderson said Bourguignon will be a force to be reckoned with next year.
“With Grady, it will give him more determination,” Anderson said.
A week ago, Bourguignon lost a playoff hole in a 36-hole tournament to defending state champion Chris Petefish of Scottsdale Christian, who shot a 142 last year. This year, Petefish put up double 64s to win with a 128 and win his second title.
“To think Grady was in a playoff with him last week,” Anderson said. “That kid can really play some golf.”
On the team side, the Shamrocks finished with a 318-325—645, in their 11th straight appearance at the state tournament. Valley Christian shot a 596 as a team to win the team title.
Zach Estes shot an 83 to finish at 163 and in 39th place. Joey Perricone shot an 85-94—179, Boyd shot a 79-80 and Alex Zaragoza replaced Pancrazi and shot an 89.
“Sometimes when you get nothing but these fantastic teams, a good team doesn't feel good,” Anderson said. “But when you stop to think that this is a top-10-in-the-state-team. It kind of kept the string of going to state together.”