BURBANK —Taking a break from competing in Pacific League matches, four area girls’ golf teams took to De Bell Golf Club determined to turn in impressive efforts at the 17th annual Magnolia Park Optimist Club High School Invitational.
Burroughs, Burbank, Crescenta Valley and La Cañada participated in the nine-hole, 20-team event.
All four squads got favorable results on Thursday, led by Burroughs finishing third with a 172 on the par-36 course.
West Ranch took first with a 159, followed by Granada Hills (171) and Burroughs.
“Right now, I’m more than pleased,” Burroughs coach Greg Everhart said. “We got some very good scores and I’m glad to see us do well on our home course.
“It’s great and so important to have a round like that. I believe we are starting to hit our stride.”
Valencia Valencia finished fourth with a 177 and La Cañada took fifth at 178. Crescenta Valley finished sixth with a 184 and Burbank was 12th at 194.
Burroughs received a 41 from Annie Adachi, 42 from Abbie Riggs, 43 from Alissa Jaramillo and 46 from Gabija Petrulis. Riggs won the B flight competition and Jaramillo placed third.
“They both did a great job,” Everhart said. “It’s great to see them perform like they did today.”
La Cañada got a 39 from Maddie Kang, a former All-Area Girls’ Golfer of the Year, 40 from Rachel Oh, 49 from Lena Kim and 50 from Christina Oh.
“I thought we did OK,” La Cañada coach Derrick Williams said. “We probably could have done a little bit better. We have high expectations and we want to finish up the season strong.”
Crescenta Valley received a 43 from Michaela Labellarte, 44 from Lynna Chung, 46 from Cathlyn Junio and a 51 from Vienna Bebla.
Crescenta Valley coach Grant Clark was pleased with the Falcons’ effort.
“I thought they played well,” Clark said. “Our team seems to have a love-hate relationship with De Bell and today we loved our result.
“I think we are hitting our stride and we’re starting to reduce our strokes.”
Burbank got a 43 from Olga-Marie Davis, a 49 from Amy Tran, 53 from Kara Lee and 54 from Madison Lee.
“They are improving,” Burbank coach Branco Sevic said. “I see them improving and that’s all I can ask for right now.”