DeBell Golf Holds 50th Annual High School Invitational

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DeBell's 50th Annual High School Invitational team winners from La Canada High School, along with tourney head Joaquin Herbozo (in center wearing blue) and Low Overall winner Josh Suh (holding 2 plaques.) Collin Morikawa, 2021 winner of the British Open, is standing next to Suh, holding a single plaque. (Photo Courtesy DeBell Golf Club)

DeBell Golf Club hosted its fiftieth annual High School Invitational on Wednesday, March 26. Twenty-one schools from around Southern California attended the event, with La Canada High School’s team taking first place and Josh Suh from La Canada High School garnering the Low Overall prize.

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“Eleven years ago I was fortunate to have Mr. Jim Lloyd, Burbank Senior Men’s Club member, pass down the torch to continue the growth of this event,” commented DeBell’s Head Golf Professional, Joaquin Herbozo, PGA. “Unsure how many years I would be dedicating to this event, I now find myself in my tenth year and this experience has truly been rewarding.”

“Seeing this event grow each year is a true testament to the dedication that local Burbank clubs bring to juniors of Southern California,” he added.

DeBell's Joaquin Herbozo addresses the high school teams at the early-morning tourney start. (Photo Courtesy DeBell Golf Club)
DeBell’s Joaquin Herbozo (center) addresses the high school teams at the early-morning tourney start. (Photo Courtesy DeBell Golf Club)

“It is very exciting and rewarding building relationships with the coaches and seeing the development of the juniors,” continued Herbozo.

“DeBell Golf Club, in the last three years, has made tremendous strides to increase the junior involvement with the facility by creating fun and exciting programs like the Junior Summer Camps, Junior Golf League,” he said. “The latest, most involved program getting juniors prepared for tournament golf is the DeBell Junior Tour.”

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The High School Invitational is the longest running tournament at DeBell Golf Club. Organizations that help support this tournament are the Burbank Rotary Club, Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis, Burbank Men’s Golf Club, Burbank Senior Men’s Club and the Burbank Women’s Golf Club.

DeBell's 50th Annual High School Invitational team winners from La Canada High School, along with tourney head Joaquin Herbozo (in center wearing blue) and Low Overall winner Josh Suh (holding 2 plaques.) (Photo Courtesy DeBell Golf Club)
DeBell’s 50th Annual High School Invitational team winners from La Canada High School, along with tourney head Joaquin Herbozo (in center wearing blue) and Low Overall winner Josh Suh (holding 2 plaques.) (Photo Courtesy DeBell Golf Club)

Results for DeBell’s 50th High School Invitational:

Flight A:
1st Place:
Josh Suh 69, La Canada High School (won off a card off)

2nd Place: Robby Stehlin 69, Mira Costa High School

3rd Place: Collin Morikawa 70, La Canada High School

Flight B:
1st Place:
Ricky Garcia 72, Santa Monica High School

2nd Place: Bryan Mondragon 74, North Torrance High School (won off a card off)

3rd Place: Louis D’Aquila 74, John Burroughs High School

Flight C:
1st Place: Aiden Curtin 79, Redondo Union High School

2nd Place: Travis Nagaoka 82,  North Torrance High School (won off a card off)

3rd Place: Dylan Sherry 82, Burbank High School

Team Division:
1st Place
: La Canada High School Team 1; Score: 290

2nd Place: Mira Costa High School; Score: 304

3rd Place: La Canada High School Team 2; Score: 306

Low Overall Individual Medalist:
Josh Suh, La Canada High School, Score: 69 (2 under par)

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