Two-time defending West Bay Athletic League champion Menlo School grabbed control of the race once again with a 193-196 victory over Sacred Heart Prep in a showdown between the league's top two boys' golf teams on Monday at Sharon Heights Country Club.
The Knights improved to 5-0 (5-2) while the Gators dropped to 4-1 in league (6-1 overall).
On a windy, cool afternoon, Menlo senior Andrew Buchanan and SHP junior Bradley Knox each shot even-par rounds of 36 to share medalist honors. The round by Knox featured a hole-out from the bunker on the par-5 third hole for an eagle.
Menlo sophomore Ethan Wong also had an eagle, dropping a 50-foot putt on the par-5 fifth hole during his 1-over round of 37 that helped the Knights gain a stroke in the match. Wong reached the green from 250 yards out with a 3-wood.
The difference in the match came in the last group where Menlo freshman William Hsieh shot 41 while SHP's final scorer, Willy Lamb, shot 43.
Hsieh and fellow freshman Jeff Herr (39) both shot under their season average to help keep the Knights unbeaten. Both made crucial recovery shots on the par-5 third hole -- Herr chipping down hill to within three feet and making the putt and Hsieh draining a downhill slider putt from eight feet for par.
Buchanan, who had two birdies and two bogeys in his round while junior teammate Riley Burgess shot 40 while converting four up-and-downs for par while hitting only one green in regulation. One key par came on the fifth hole where Burgess was behind the green in three, chipped downhill to a a short-side flag and drained an eight-footer.
The teams will meet again, most likely to decide the league champion, on April 24 at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club.