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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.

Burbank, Burroughs See Bright Future in Boys Golf

A year ago the Burbank High boys’ golf team finished tied for second in the Pacific League. Much of that team has graduated, but the Bulldogs have a good crop of young talent. Burroughs also has a number of young and talented golfers, which should keep both schools competitive for years to come.

Burbank

The Bulldogs are young but have lots of potentials. Freshmen J.J. Nakao and Kevin Kienlen both have junior tournament experience. Sophomores Hayden Chase and Nick Toczek both spent time on the varsity last year. Sophomore Brian McCarthy should also be in the Bulldogs’ top five.

Junior Devin Blazon and senior Adam Barnfather will also be fighting for spots within the top seven.

“We are a young team, but we have a decent amount of experience,” coach Doug Grimshaw said. “The good thing about having such a young team is that these guys will be together for the next three years, which really gives us a chance to build up our program. Our goal is always to qualify for the playoffs, but it’s hard to know for sure how realistic that is until the season starts.”

Burroughs

The Indians are led by senior captain Aaron Cohen. Junior Jake Panikowski was consistently one of the Indians best players last season and should challenge for the top spot.  Also returning are juniors Dylan Roy, Rob Ceja and Myles Sherry. Tyler Mashore is another junior who could figure into the lineup.

Sophomores Hayden Campbell and Niko Coccio, as well as freshmen Kodiak Hernandez, Ryan McGowan, Trey Sanchez and Ells Nitzche, could all see time on the varsity.

“Burroughs was a young team with athletic and talented freshmen who will make an immediate impact on varsity and the Pacific League,” coach Greg Everhart said. “We have a chance for a league title if everyone plays to their potential. Our consistency will be key.”

 

Burroughs Golf Nearly Pulls Off Upset

It is tough to predict what teams will be like until they tee off, so there was a lot of suspense Thursday afternoon in the first Pacific League boys’ golf match at DeBell Golf Club.

Trey Sanchez putts during golf action Thursday. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Arcadia, which has long been the top team in the league, didn’t disappoint by winning with 407 strokes. But Burroughs showed it is not far off by shooting 414.

Crescenta Valley was third with 435, Burbank fourth with 482 and Pasadena fifth with 552.

“I thought the greens were kind of fast,” Burroughs’ low medalist Jake Panikowski. “ I think we could have done better and I think we’ll be in contention.  If we’re going to win the league, this is the year to do it. We’re excited to see how the next few matches will be.”

Panikowski shot 83 on the par-71 course over 18 holes. Some flights did not play all 18 holes due to darkness. Trey Sanchez shot 85 and Aaron Cohen 89, also both over 18 holes.

Kodiak Hernandez shot 79 over 16 holes, Niko Coccio shot 83 over 17 holes and Ryan McGowan shot 84 over 15 holes.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank was led by J.J. Nakao who shot 86. Hayden Chase shot 90. Kevin Kienlen shot 94. Nick Toczek shot 104, Devin Blazon 108 and Brian McCarthy 109.

The teams will meet again next week at Harding Golf Course at Griffith Park.