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Foothill High star Nicolo Galletti strides with elite company on the golf course.

Not only did Galletti finish tied for third at the California Interscholastic Federation championships, but he also was part of a Falcons dream team that placed second in the state tournament.

A smooth left-hander headed to Arizona State, Galletti has been selected as the Bay Area News Group East Bay Boys Golfer of the Year.

During his smashing season, Galletti was a combined 7 under par in four big tournaments: East Bay Athletic League, North Coast Section, Northern California and CIF.

Galletti credits his Falcons teammates, and close friends, with helping him reach new heights in his junior year.

"Every time we played it would be good competition," Galletti said. "It helped me stay in the competitive mode. They were good to practice with because they know a lot about the swing. They were always there to help me keep my game in shape."

Golfing excellence runs in the Galletti family. Nicolo's older brother, Roberto Jr., a former De La Salle star, was ranked No. 3 in the nation as a junior before playing at UNLV and Arizona. Nicolo credits his father, Roberto Galletti, with his golfing development.

Nicolo was grouped with Beau Hossler at the CIF tourney in San Gabriel -- the same Hossler who became a media darling when he made the cut at the U.S. Open last week. Galletti fared well, finishing just a stroke behind the state runner-up Hossler with a 69.

Galletti, who also finished second in the state in 2011, was inspired by Hossler's stunning run at the U.S. Open.

"It shows me that if I work hard I can do it, too," Galletti said.

He seems well on his way. Galletti recently qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur in Stratham, N.H., (July 16-21) after finishing second in a North Carolina qualifier with a 36-hole score of 7-under 135.

Galletti finished under par in eight of 14 EBAL dual matches. He was third at NCS with an even-par 70; fourth at NorCal with a 3-under 69; and co-medalist at the league tourney with a 2-under 70.

Moreover, Galletti is excited about playing for Arizona State, which is coached by Tim Mickelson, the younger brother of another pretty good left-hander in Phil Mickelson.

Indeed, Foothill's Lefty appears to be on the right path.