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Burroughs Boys Golf Finishes Second and Burbank Gets Third At DeBell

By Rick Assad

 

While the Masters conducted its first day in Augusta, Georgia, the fifth Pacific League boys’ golf match took place at the DeBell Golf Club on Thursday afternoon and for Burroughs High’s Kodiak Hernandez and Arcadia’s Josh Kwon, each had an impressive outing, as both shot a 4-under-par 67.

Hernandez fired a 3-under-par 33 on the front nine where he eagled the par-5 No. 1 and the par-5 No. 8 and then shot a 1-under-par 34 on the back nine.

“I tried to hit the ball straight and just play the best I can. DeBell’s a tough course if you don’t hit it straight,” Hernandez said of the course’s challenges.

Kodiak Hernandez shot a 4-under-par 67 and was tied for first place in a Pacific League match at DeBell Golf Club. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

What makes DeBell so difficult? “How short and narrow it is,” he said. “You just have to know where to position the ball to play well.”

How was Hernandez able to overcome the obstacles?

“My wedge shots and I was putting really well on the greens even though my tee shots weren’t on point,” he noted. “I felt pretty confident especially coming around the turn. I play DeBell very often and it helps a lot because you learn where to put the ball, the distances and the greens.”

The Apaches, who are the defending league champions, are in first place this season and were the overall team winner after shooting 367.

The Indians took second place at 388 and are in second with two matches remaining on the regular schedule.

Burbank came in third place at 402 as J.J. Nakao fired an even-par 71 that included a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine.

Burbank was third in the Pacific League match at DeBell on Thursday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Overall I’m happy with my day, but I could have done a lot better,” Nakao said of his outing. “Midway through the round I could have focused a little more. Went shot-by-shot instead of thinking of the overall score.”

Does he also find DeBell especially tough? “It’s a pretty interesting course,” he said. “You’ve got to hit it straight every single shot. A couple of shots I hit left to right. You just have to take it stroke-by-stroke. I would say my long game saved me today. My putting was an issue.”

Ryan McGowan came into the clubhouse with a 5-over-par 76 for the Indians.

Lincoln Melcher finished with a 77 and Daniel Gonzalez capped his day with an 82 for Burroughs.

Trey Sanchez was next for Burroughs after shooting an 86, while Niko Coccio carded a 94.

Kevin Kienlen posted a 77 for the Bulldogs, and Ari Ahmed ended his 18 holes with an 82.

Burbank’s Frank Masyk closed out his day with an 83, Devin Blazon came into the clubhouse with a 89 and Hayden Chase shot a 102.

Crescenta Valley garnered fourth place with a 424 and was led by Hank Norman’s 76. Placing fifth was Pasadena with 477 as Jerome Dimalaluan paced the Bulldogs after shooting an 84.

Burroughs Places 3rd In Girls’ Golf Match

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor

 

At this point, it is almost expected that the San Marino High girls’ golf team will win, which it did on Tuesday in a Pacific League match at Santa Anita.

The defending league champion Titans (25-0) finished with a 189, followed by Arcadia (19-6), which shot a 199, and Burroughs (19-6), which came in at 216.

The rest of the field included La Canada (6-19), which shot a 218, Crescenta Valley (9-16), which carded a 222 and Burbank’s 291.

The lowest score was turned in by the Spartans’ Rachel Oh, who shot a three-under-par 34, while the Titans’ Bella Setio and Arcadia’s Annie Kong each finished with a 36. San Marino’s Ada Wong ended her day with a 37.

The Indians’ lowest tally was carded by Ashley Phelps at 41, Annie Adachi clubbed a 42, and Bella Nava was next with a 43.

Maddie Riggs capped her afternoon with a 44, Katy Kuoppala followed with a 46, and Raelinn Arnold’s 48 was tossed out.

Pacing the Bulldogs (0-25) was Amy Tran’s 41, while Alexis Poche carded a 46. Olga-Marie Davis shot a 54 and Erin Tanner went to the clubhouse with a 67.

Boys & Girls Club of Burbank Tees it High and Lets it Fly

The PGA of America and USGA have welcomed Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) as their Official Youth Development Partner in a new five-year mission that will introduce youth nationwide to the game of golf. Through this partnership, PGA Professionals are teaching golf to kids starting at 50 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide, including Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley.

Zach Allen from DeBell’s Pro Shop gives advise on putting to this group of kids from the Boys and Girls Club. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

PGA Professional Scott Scozzola, DeBell Golf Course, welcomed children from the Burbank Club to his facility on Monday, Oct. 8, for a clinic that culminates the PGA Sports Academy powered by UnitedHealthcare program conducted at the Boys & Girls Club. 

Scozzola, who has been instructing Club members for the last four weeks at the Boys & Girls Club facility using special golf training equipment, gave participants, many for the first time, the opportunity to experience green grass golf play.

Burbank’s DeBell Pro Shop Golfer Zach Allen watches one of several golfers line up the putt. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

• With this partnership, golf opportunities will be available to Boys & Girls Club members and their families, including special golf fun days at local Boys & Girls Clubs, family days at local courses, invitations to golf clinics and tournaments, and the development of league play. There are 47 cities selected to host these programs, including Burbank.

• Golf training, equipment and instructional support from PGA/LPGA Professionals will be provided through this partnership to help youth build character, develop healthy lifestyles, and learn the game of golf.

• Local PGA and LPGA Professionals will provide the golf instruction to the junior golfers at the facility. The instruction is all part of the PGA Sports Academy powered by UnitedHealthcare curriculum and includes elements of health and wellness with golf-based activities.

 

 

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)