Smith, Bauer gain college link honors

By: Mike Ray, Colfax Record Sports Editor
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If anyone ever wondered why the Colfax High golf program was so dominant over the past decade at both the Pioneer Valley League and CIF Sac-Joaquin Section level they probably wouldn’t have to go any farther than looking at some of the collegiate all-conference and All-America teams that were selected this month.
At the Division I level, 2008 Colfax High graduate Colby Smith of the University of Nevada Las Vegas was named to the all-Mountain West Conference’s first team after compiling a season where he was second on the team in scoring average at 72.03 and turned in six top-20 finishes which included two top-10s and a top-five. Smith, who grew up just a pitching wedge away from Black Oak Golf Course, recorded 17 of his 31 rounds at par or better (10 rounds under par) and recorded UNLV’s low individual round of the season with an 8-under 64 at the Tucker Invitational.
“I am very happy for Colby,” UNLV coach Dwaine Knight said in a Rebels press release. “He played that No. 2 spot for us for a lot of the season, which is also impressive for being a sophomore.” Smith helped UNLV qualify for the NCAA championship tournament but the Rebels didn’t advance past the 54-hole stroke play portion of the tourney.
Meanwhile, at the Division II NCAA level, both Patrick Bauer of Sonoma State and Trevor Blair of Cal State Stanislaus- a pair of 2007 CHS grads - were both selected to the all California Collegiate Athletic Association’s all-conference golf team.
And for his fine play, Bauer was also named to the GCAA/PING Div. II All-America squad for helping lead the Seawolves to a fourth place finish in the NCAA Div. II national tournament. It was the third straight year that Bauer has earned all-america honors.
When you add to the group 2009 CHS grad Derek Zachman of William Jessup, who earned all Pac-West conference honors, that’s four ex-Falcons who shined this spring on the links.

Black Oak Zone Team Holds Own
A four-man team from Black Oak Golf Club with a Colfax flavor to it competed in the recent Northern California Golf Association’s North Valley Zone Tournament at Quail Lodge in Carmel.
Although the foursome of Colfax High principal Rick Spears and coaches John Lamb, Randy Havens and Mike O’Connell didn’t finish in the top two to advance to the championship flight, the team was a more than respectable third after one day totals were added and eventually finished fifth in the 24-team competition.