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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 Golf Evens Things Up With Arcadia

The race to a Pacific League title in boys golf got a little more interesting Monday afternoon.
In a makeup from a match that was rained out earlier this season, Burroughs pulled even with Arcadia at DeBell Golf Course.
The Indians were just 11 strokes over par en route to a 20-stroke victory over the Apaches on the par-71 course.
Burroughs shot 366 and Arcadia shot 386. Crescenta Valley finished third by shooting 422. Burbank, which was without top golfer J.J. Nakao, who was celebrating his birthday, shot 437. Pasadena was fifth shooting 464.

Niko Coccio

“We all feel real comfortable here. The punched greens are kind of killing us because we’re not able to make as many puts as possible,” Burroughs Niko Coccio said. “I’m feeling confident that we can come out Thursday and win again. That will give us a good shot to win league.”
Burroughs sophomore Kodiak Hernandez was the low medalist shooting an even par.
“It feels good, but I hope the team can come together again on Thursday,” Hernandez said.
Freshman Lincoln Melcher and Coccio, a junior, were both just one stroke behind. Burroughs sophomores Daniel Gonzalez and Ryan McGowan followed by shooting 75 and 76 respectively. Senior Jake Panikowski shot 84.
Burbank High was led by sophomore Frank Maslyk, who shot 82. Senior Louie Calzado shot 84. Sophomore Kevin Kienlen shot 87. Senior Devin Blazon shot 91 adn freshman Ari Ahmed shot 93. Freshman Luke Carnegie shot 102.

Arcadia, like Burroughs has just one senior in its top six. Juniors Warren Oetojo and David Ju each shot 75 and fellow junior Justin Chen shot 76. Junior Josh Kwon shot 80 as did senior Kylen Yu. Sophomore Warren Lin shot 84.
For Crescenta Valley, Nate Frink shot 76 and Hank Norman shot 77.
Pasadena High was led by Jerome Dimalaluan, who shot 81.

Arcadia Boys Golf Evens Things Up With Burroughs

 

It will be a long road to see who will capture the Pacific League title in boys golf this season.
Arcadia High made sure of that Thursday when the Apaches were victorious at Griffith Park’s Harding Golf Course by scoring 386 over five competitors on the Par 72 course. Burroughs was second by shooting 395. Burbank followed in third at 398, followed by Crescenta Valley at 409 and Pasadena at 472.
Burroughs freshman Lincoln Melcher won low medalist honors shooting a three-under-par 69.

“I felt pretty confident. My drives were going really far. The greens were pretty firm so you had to keep it below the hole. I think I adapted to that pretty quickly and I think that’s how I played better,” said Melcher who is committed to UCLA.

Melcher said he knows it will be a fight for the league title.
“Arcadia is good competition. We didn’t have our best rounds today. I think we have a good chance at beating them next time,” he said.
Thursday’s match was the second of six league matches the teams will play. Last week’s match that was scheduled to be played at DeBell Golf Course was postponed due to rain.
Burbank High sophomore J.J. Nakao, fresh off a weekend victory in the San Diego area in the Toyota Tour Cup at Carlton Oaks Country Club in Santee, was very impressive in being just one stroke behind Melcher by shooting 70.
“I wasn’t really happy with my round today, but I’ll take it,” Nakao said. “I hope I can play better. It is what it is.”

Also for Burroughs was sophomore Kodiak Hernandez, who shot 78. Senior Jake Panikowski shot 82. Sophomores Ryan McGowan, Trey Sanchez and Dylan Vallejo all shot 83.
For Burbank High, sophomore Kevin Kienlen shot 77. Freshman Ari Ahmed shot 78. Frank Maslyk shot 86, Louie Calzado 87 and Billy Malipun 101.

The teams will meet up again in two weeks at Santa Anita Golf Course, which is Arcadia’s home.

Burroughs, Burbank Excited About Boys’ Golf Teams

The Burroughs and Burbank High boys’ golf teams have traditionally been competitive over the years. But they also not been considered a strong threat to Arcadia High, which has dominated the league for years. Things could change in 2019 as both local teams appear to be stronger ready to put together a strong showing against the Apaches and the rest of the Pacific League.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Burroughs
The Indians should push Arcadia High for the league title. Freshman Lincoln Melcher is a pleasant addition as has already given a verbal commitment to UCLA.

Senior Jake Panikowski has been a key leader in the last two seasons and figures to do the same once again.
Burroughs has a solid group of sophomores in Kodiak Hernandez, Ryan McGowan, Trey Sanchez, and Jack Nitzsche as well as junior Niko Coccio.

Senior Dylan Roy is also in the running for a varsity spot.

“As a coach in my 11th season, I have never had a better balance of solid golfers both mentally and physically. This is the best shot we’ve had since I’ve been coaching to win a league title. That is our clear goal this season,” Burroughs Coach Greg Everhart said.

Two league matches will be held at DeBell Golf Course, the second league match on March 6 and the fifth league match on April 11.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Burbank
The Bulldogs were young last year are still relatively young but have gained some valuable experience.
Sophomores J.J. Nakao and Kevin Kienlen are back as is junior Hayden Chase. All were solid performers last season.

Seniors Louie Calzado and Devin Blazon also figure to be in the mix along with freshman Ari Ahmed, sophomore Frank Maslyk and juniors Brian McCarthy and Nick Toczek.

“We are hoping to improve on accomplishments from last season,” Burbank coach Doug Grimshaw said. “The goal is to finish in third place or better in the Pacific League and send two or more individuals to the CIF playoffs and qualify our team for the CIF playoffs.”

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.