GV's Curiel, Atwater's Brownwood advance to Masters

Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South Golf Tournament

May 10, 2011 

CHOWCHILLA -- Andrew Curiel was one of the first golfers to finish at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South Tournament at Chowchilla's Pheasant Run Golf Course on Monday.

His clubs put away. His scorecard signed and turned in.

All the Golden Valley senior could do was wait and hope his score of 80 was good enough to advance.

"It's a little nerve-racking just standing here watching each score go up on the board," Curiel said. "I felt I played better than my score. It felt like I should have scored a 75."

Atwater's JD Brownwood found himself in the same position after also recording an 80.

"I think I might have to have a playoff with Andrew," Brownwood said at the time.

No playoff was needed.

Both Curiel and Brownwood did just enough to continue their seasons, advancing as one the six individuals to qualify for next week's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament at The Reserve at Spanos Park.

It's the first time either has advanced to Masters.

Turlock's Paul Smith ran away with the individual title, shooting a 2-under 70.

Smith was four strokes better than A.J. Borges (St. Mary's), who fired a 74.

Borges and his Rams teammates took home the blue section banner with a team score of 392.

Smith and Turlock finished second at 409, with Beyer earning the third spot to advance as a team with a score of 413.

Garrett Brigham finished with a round of 83 as Buhach Colony placed ninth with a score of 477.

Merced's Zack Lemas' round of 82 fell short of extending his season.

Atwater's Dominique Dalia (85) and GV's Cole Paris (88) also saw their seasons come to an end.

Curiel is moving on despite struggling from the tees.

"I had to scramble a little bit," Curiel said. "My short game saved me."

Brownwood was on his way to one of his better rounds. He shot a 35 in his first nine holes, but stumbled in the afternoon with a 45.

The bulk of his trouble came in his final four holes.

"Around the 14th hole the pressure got to me," Brownwood said. "I started making some bad swings. I felt I was playing really well then I lost my concentration a little bit."

Both Curiel and Brownwood were relieved to find out they're season isn't over.

Curiel didn't mind having to sweat it out.

"I didn't think 80 was going to be good enough," he said. "That was kind of a surprise."

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