DE BELL GOLF COURSE -- There aren't too many sports where home-field
advantage means as much as it does in golf.
Playing on one's home course throughout the season gives a athlete an
advantage over visiting golfers who might not know all the nuances of the
Thursday, in a nonleague boys' match against Saugus at De Bell
Municipal Golf Course, host Burroughs was feeling right at home, as the
Indians came away with a 399-415 victory in 18 holes.
In the junior varsity competition, the Indians pulled out a 46-1-477
The Indians and Centurians were not the only players invading the
course. Also competing was Burbank, which had a nonleague match with La
Puente Bishop Amat.
The Bulldogs won the nine-hole contest, 208-243.
"I definitely think it is an advantage for our players when we play at
our home course," said Burroughs' Shaughn Crawford said. "Playing here so
much you learn what to do and what not to do on the course."
Although Saugus (7-13) is a Foothill League opponent, often the league
teams will play one another throughout the course of the season in
head-to-head nonleague matches.
For Burroughs (7-7) Coach Mike Krose, packing in as many contests as
possible is the best way to get his team prepared for a run at a CIF
Southern Section playoff bid.
"It will take continued improvement and consistency for us to qualify
for CIF again this year," said Krose, whose team finished third in league
"So far, I would say that we are doing well, but we still need to
continue to improve."
On a cold day that featured intermittent sprinkles, Crawford made the
most of his home digs, shooting a four-over-par 75 to capture low
Crawford shot a blistering 34 on the front nine to lead the field. He
followed that with a 41 on the back nine.
Indian Mike Vahoviak also shot well and battled Crawford for the top
spot. He finished with a 76.
Burroughs' Jason Buttress shot a 79, Jon Hellebrandt had an 82, David
Hamanaka had an 87 and Brad Jastrow had an 89.
"I am very happy with the play of Vahoviak, Crawford and Buttress,
they have been consistent all year," Krose said. "John Hellebrandt has
been putting together some fine scores, as has sophomore David Hamanaka,
who has been a pleasant surprise."
Saugus was led by Wes Sivestri, who shot a 79.
For the Indian junior varsity team, Paul Lundquist led the way with an
89, teammate Rob Stonecipher shot a 91, J.B. Myer had a 93, Jake Kennedy
and Jeremy Balan had a 94s and Robert Enriquez had a 105.
The Bulldogs (4-11) were paced by Danny Barber, who shot a
three-over-par 38. Teammate Steve Lim shot a 38, Ajay Clark had a 41 and
Brandon Maskell had a 45.
On Wednesday at 8 a.m., Burroughs -- along with cross-town rival
Burbank -- will be back at De Bell to take part in the 40th annual High
School Invitational Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Burbank Men's Golf
Unfortunately for the Indians, they will be without Crawford and
Vahoviak, who will be out of town for spring break.