Ten area boys' golfers advance in Pacific League Tournament

PASADENA — For each of the four area boys’ golf teams, Tuesday was the final opportunity for its players to earn placement in the Pacific League individual finals.

PHOTOS: Pacific League boys' golf at Brookside in Pasadena

After battling through some gusty winds and even a light rain fall during the 18-hole competition at Brookside Golf Course No. 1, Crescenta Valley High, Burbank, Glendale and Burroughs were able to advance at least one player to Wednesday’s individual final.

Crescenta Valley finished second in league, behind Arcadia, and Burroughs took third to reach the CIF Southern Section Northern Team Divisional. In addition, a combined 10 players from Crescenta Valley, Burroughs, Glendale and Burbank will take part in the league’s individual final at noon Wednesday at Brookside Golf Course No. 2.

Arcadia carded a 402, followed by Burroughs (438), Crescenta Valley (439), Glendale (462) and Burbank (473) on Tuesday.

“It’s great to get there,” said Glendale’s Russell Caletena, who shot a 13-over-par 85 on Tuesday. “I have to try to stay positive and eliminate mistakes.

“I’m going in not worrying about what the others players’ scores are. It’s about being able to find the greens, which are small. Just try to two-putt and then get out.”

Caletena will be joined by Cody Renfro, AJ Roa, Jon Hong and David Holeman of Crescenta Valley, Daniel Kesicbasian, Louis D’Aquila, Patrick Colbert and Dylan McNeely of Burroughs and Burbank’s Jason Apinchapong.

The top seven from Wednesday’s 18-hole round will move on to the CIF Southern Section Individual Tournament, which will take place Monday.

Crescenta Valley Coach Lee Pope said he was satisfied to have four players advance.

“We figured we’d get four after coming in second place,” said Pope, whose top player, Paul Park, withdrew from Tuesday’s round because of illness. “We have some guys who are in good position to advance to CIF in Cody and Jon.

“Jon has been on fire lately and Cody has been getting better. It’s our home course and those guys know the breaks on the greens.”

Renfro paced the Falcons on Tuesday with an 81, followed by Holeman (82), Hong (83), AJ Road (87) and Matt Carbajal (106).

Burroughs was led by Colbert, who had an 84. Also scoring for the Indians were Trink Trivimol, Kesicbasian and D’Aquila with 88s and McNeely at 90.

“The greens were hard and tough,” Colbert said. “I tried to chip a lot of my shots close to the holes.

“I feel confident heading into Wednesday’s round.”

Burbank received an 83 from Apinchapong, a 92 from John Grasse, 96 from Dylan Sherry, 97 from Joe Grasse and 105 from Josh Provost.

Apinchapong said he’s pleased to have a chance to participate Wednesday.

“I’m happy to get a top-16 finish and that I’m still playing,” Apinchapong said. “To get a top-seven score would be great.”

Glendale got an 86 from Kent Asano, 88 from Dong Yoo, 93 from Sammy Do and a 110 from Arman Aloyan.

Andrew Baek of Arcadia carded a 72 to earn medalist honors and move into Wednesday’s round. He will be joined by teammates Johnny Flores and Showta Moriyama (80s), Vamsi Damerla (84) and Peter Ju (86). Arcadia’s Daniel Sun had an 86 and will also compete Wednesday.

The Northern Section Team Divisional will be held May 19 at Soule Park Golf Club in Ojai.


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