Southern Section

Thursday, May 13

SOUTHERN SECTION TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
At La Cumbre Country Club, Santa Barbara, Par 71

After an eighth-place finish in last year's Southern Section boys' golf team championships, Cerritos Gahr Coach Steve Orr had one mantra for his team this season -- "unfinished business."

On Thursday, the Gladiators took care of it, shooting a 363 at La Cumbre Country Club in Santa Barbara to win their first Southern Section golf title.

"I've been waiting for this moment for a whole year," said Orr, whose team finished the regular season ranked second in the Southland by The Times. "The team just really came together and these kids just weren't going to lose."

Garrett Sapp of Gahr sank an 18-foot eagle putt on the par-5 ninth, his final hole of the day, to finish with a five-under-par 66. The UC Irvine-bound senior tied the course record set by Tiger Woods in 1994. Sapp had five birdies to go with his eagle, which he made with a big breaking putt on the three-tiered green. Sapp was one of only six players in a field of 96 that shot par or better.

"There were some really tough holes out there," Sapp said. "I'm not used to greens this good. All season long [Coach Orr] just kept reminding us what we wanted to accomplish and we've done most of it so far. But the business is not finished yet."

Gahr's championship effort marked the first time in a decade that a school other than Palm Desert, Santa Barbara San Marcos or Santa Margarita won the title. Tenth-ranked Palm Desert, led by junior Ross Canavan's 67, took second in the tournament with 376. Freshman Sihwan Kim of No. 8 La Mirada shot a 72 to lead the Matadores (377) to third place and three-time defending champion San Marcos (380) grabbed the fourth and final qualifying spot for the CIF-SCGA championships.

"Usually with a one-day tournament, the best team doesn't always win here," said San Marcos Coach Aaron Solis. "But today the best team won."

The California Interscholastic Federation-Southern California Golf Assn. championships will be June 3 at the SCGA Members Club in Temecula. The City, San Diego and Central sections also qualify teams for the tournament.
--Rafer Weigel

1. Gahr 363 (Garrett Sapp 66; Sam Kim 70; Kenny Kim 74; Tommy Lee 74; John Moon 79). 2. Palm Desert 37 (Ross Canavan 67; Seann Harlingten 77; Aaron Davis 77; Bryan Harris 77; E.J. Stenftenagel 78) 3. La Mirada 377 (Sihwan Kim 72; Kyung Min 75; Daniel Im 76; Ricky Costello 77; Bryan Jones 77). 4. San Marcos 380 (Chris Gregoire 72; Cameron DeVries 72; Brett Mormann 76; Brian Willis 80; Evan Janke 80). 5-t Mira Costa, Murrieta Valley--383; 7-t Temecula Valley, Tesoro, Thousand Oaks--387. 10. San Marino 388; 11. St. Margaret's 390; 12. Huntington Beach 394; 13. Servite 396; 14. Esperanza 401; 15. Harvard-Westlake 410; 16. St. Bonaventure 412.

Tuesday, May 11

CIF-SS Western Team Divisional
Par 72 at Mountain Meadows G.C.

1 Mira Costa 366
2 San Marino 368
3 Torrance 371
4 La Canada 381
5 Arcadia 382

Mira Costa (366)
Jason D'Amore 70
Brandon Cohen 71
Evan Derian 75
Sherwin Kim 75
Joe Stassi 75

San Marino (368)
Jonathan Lo 70
Keegan Fong 72
Justin Wei 74
Kelvin Lo 76
Michael Cheah 76

TOP INDIVIDUAL SCORES AT THE CIF-SS WESTERN TEAM DIVISIONAL

Lucas Lee, Torrance 69
Jason D'Amore, Mira Costa 70
Jonathan Lo, San Marino 70
Brandon Cohen, Mira Costa 71
Andrew Lee, Keppel 72
Damian Yi, Cres. Valley 72
Sol Jung, Cres. Vall 72
Phil Horwith, La Can 72
Keegan Fong, San Marino 72

Monday, May 10

Southern Section Regional Qualifying

Note: The top two teams in each regional advance to the CIF-SS team finals at La Cumbre Country Club in Santa Barbara Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

CENTRAL REGIONAL
at PGA of Southern California Golf Club (Legends Course), Beaumont (par 72)

1. Gahr, 369 (Garrett Sapp, 69; Sam Kim, 73; Tommy Lee, 74; John Moon, 76; Kenny Kim, 77); 2. La Mirada, 375 (Daniel Im, 69; Ricky Costello, 73; Sihwan Kim, 74; Ray Maluyo, 79; Bryan Jones, 80); 3. Upland, 382; 4. Cerritos, 386; 5. La Salle, 388

CENTRAL COAST REGIONAL
at Santa Barbara Golf Course (par 70)

1. San Marcos, 358 (Chris Gregoire, 69; Cameron DeVries 69; Brian Willis, 73; Josh Kettler, 73; Evan Janke, 74); 2t Thousand Oaks, 363 (Aaron Conrad 68; Kyle Thurston, 71; Bryan Martin 74; Josh Buttita, 74; Chris Bainso 76; Chance Meyers, 76); 2t. Paso Robles 363 (Thousand Oaks advances on sixth player's score); 4. Dos Pueblos, 366; 5. Agoura, 368.

Medalist: Zach Lerno (Atascadero), 66.

DESERT REGIONAL
at Yucaipa Valley Golf Course (par 72)

1.Murrieta Valley, 377 (Rickie Fowler, 72; James Warburton, 74; Jon Crane, 76;Andrew Cortez, 77; Josh Anderson, 78); 2. Temecula Valley, 382 (Matt Geudtner,71; John Chin, 74; Duhyun Yoon, 78; Ryan Dreisbach, 79; Chad Smith, 80); 3. Hemet, 391; 4. Paloma Valley, 392; 5. Chaparral, 393; 6. Apple Valley 394; 7. Redlands East Valley 396

EASTERN REGIONAL
at Canyon Crest Country Club, Riverside (par 72)

1. Palm Desert, 361 (Ross Canavan, 70; Bryan Harris, 73; Seann Harlingten, 73; Jordan Erickson, 73; Aaron Davis, 74); 2. Servite, 370 (Joe Prescott, 71; Chris Tschirhart, 72; Jordan Bertoglio, 74; Bryan Sandoval, 74; Steven Wald, 79) 3. La Quinta, 372; 4. Riverside Poly, 373; 5. Santa Margarita, 377; 6. Mater Dei, 390, Valley Christian, 390, Arroyo Grande, 390; 9. Woodcrest, 395;10. Palm Spings, 401

Phillip Huffman from Mater Dei shot a four-under par 68 with five birdies. Palm Desert and Servite advance to the CIF-SS Team Finals at La Cumbre Country Club in Santa Barabara at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday.

NORTHERN REGIONALS
at Soule Park Golf Club, Ojai (par 72)

1. Harvard-Westlake, 362 (Brent Josephson, 70; Justin Lee, 71; Mick Partridge, 72; Jon Krane, 74; Alex Osbourne, 75); 2. St. Bonaventure, 373 (Ben Carter, 71; Jason Tarin, 73; T.J. Schau, 74; Will Vorburger, 76; Ryan Sack, 79); 3. Valencia, 375; 4t. Hart/Highland, 377; 6. Saugus, 380; 7. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, 382; 8-t St. Francis, 389; 8-t. Loyola 389; 10. Oaks Christian, 390.

Medalist: Joe Greiner (Hart), 67.

SOUTH COAST REGIONAL
at El Prado Golf Course (Chino Creek Course), Chino (par 72)

1. St. Margaret's, 369 (Tyler Smith, 66; Matt Pierce, 70; Hutch Parker, 75; RyanOzonian, 79; Matt Cole, 79; Parker Phillips, 79); 2. Tesoro, 370 (Jeff Grant,71; David Zeuske, 72; Johnny Cizek, 75; Doug Bischoff, 75; Richie Niu, 77);3. Aliso Niguel, 374; 4. Villa Park, 377; 5. Foothill, 378; 6. Woodbridge 379;7. Northwood 387; 8. Brentwood 388; 9. Sunny Hills 390; 10t. Mission Viejo/El Modena/Corona del Mar 391

Medalist: Tyler Smith (St. Margaret's), 66

SOUTHERN REGIONAL
at Los Serrano Golf Course, Chino Hills, (par 72)

1. Huntington Beach, 362 (Kris Assawapimonporn 66; A.J. Schaefer, 71; JoeyBenedetti, 75; Robbie Berton, 75; Paul Kollar, 75); 2. Esperanza, 364 (JeffKoprivetz, 66; Yushi Owaki, 71; Derek Sipe, 72; Phil Cunningham, 76; EricShearer, 79); 3. Cypress, 370; 4t. Los Alamitos/Long Beach Poly, 373; 6. OrangeLutheran, 375; 7. Long Beach Wilson, 377; 8. Chino Hills, 383; 9. Diamond Bar, 387; 10. Damien 392

Medalists: Kris Assawapimonporn (HB), 66, Jeff Koprivetz (Esp), 66

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