Three consecutive birdies on the back nine at Recreation Park Golf Course on Thursday helped Wilson High junior Tyler Schafer come back to win his second straight Moore League Individual Tournament title. Schafer shot a 2-under par 70 in the fourth and final round to win by five strokes with a 3-under par 285 for the tournament.
“He’s been our solid number one guy all year,” Wilson coach Jeff Evans said. “He manages his game really well. It’s never going to be flashy but over 72 holes he wears you down with his consistency. You hate to see it come against a teammate but they all played well.”
Wilson teammates and brothers Brad and Andre Calubid tied for second place and Long Beach Poly junior Jacob Betts finished fourth. The sophomore Brad Calubid entered the final round with a two shot lead and led by as many as four shots on the front nine.
“I was nervous,” Schafer said. “I couldn’t get anything to go on the front nine and the hardest part is not thinking about where the scores are. But on the back nine I just needed one to go to give me some confidence.”
Brad Calubid had a forgettable triple bogey on the par-4 seventh hole that allowed Schafer to close the gap. Calubid drained a 30-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the par-3 12th hole to protect a one-shot lead, but that’s when Schafer hit his stride. He birdied the 13th, 14th and 15th holes to open up a four shot lead, and then hit the remaining three greens in regulation to finish a bogey-free back nine.
“You expect Tyler to stick shots, and it was just a matter of time before he started draining putts,” Andre Calubid said. “It was a fun day and it was awesome to see Tyler run away with it against good competition.”
Schafer made four consecutive birdies at Rec Park in the first round on Monday to take the lead. He maintained the advantage with a 70 at Skylinks Golf Course on Tuesday, but Brad Calubid shot a 71 with four birdies and an eagle at El Dorado Golf Course in the third round to take a two shot lead. Schafer shot a 75 to fall into second place.
“Honestly it helped that I was chasing my teammates,” Schafer said. “I love them to death and everything we do together is a bonding experience, no matter the result.”
“I’m so proud to watch them play the game they love,” said Ed Calubid, the father of Brad and Andre who both shot two-over par 290 for the tournament.
“I’ve always taught them to not compare themselves with others, but focus on themselves and respect the game. It’s really helped them playing each other.”
Schafer and the Calubid bothers will be joined by six other golfers at the CIF Southern Section Individual Regionals at Skylinks on Monday. Wilson’s Tyler Allen, Samin Bhagat, Brandon Bennett and R.J. Macaranas also qualified along with Millikan’s Kyle Campano and M.J. De La Cruz. The CIF-SS Team Division Championship is May 15 and will include Wilson, Poly and Millikan. The Bruins won the team title last season.
“We lost our top two golfers but other teams did too,” Schafer said. “We have the same drive to get there. We play for each other all year for this final stretch of the season.”