ARCADIA — With the Crescenta Valley High, Burbank, Burroughs and Arcadia boys’ golf teams having already clinched postseason berths, the first round of the Pacific League Tournament on Tuesday afternoon focused more on the field.
Sixteen players — including 10 locals — from the field of 36 kept their bids alive for the league’s individual crown at Santa Anita Golf Course. The group, which is determined by overall league scoring for the year as well as Tuesday’s results, will compete in the tournament’s individual final at 1 p.m. today at the same site.
Andrew Cho of Crescenta Valley carded a two-over-par 71 to put him in fifth place overall. The top seven move on to the CIF Individual Tournament, which will be held May 14.
Cho, who recorded an eagle on the par-five ninth hole, said his long and short game aided him.
“I felt good overall, especially with my putting being pretty good,” Cho said. “I had some trouble with my chipping, but I felt like I came back strong on the back nine.
“I had a great tee shot that got me in good position for the eagle. I just want to come back [today] and try to advance.”
Arcadia posted a 372 to win the event. Crescenta Valley carded a 412 to take second, followed by Burroughs (412) and Burbank (414).
Arcadia (22-0, 16-0 in league) won the league championship, followed by Crescenta Valley (14-10, 11-6), Burroughs (13-14, 8-10) and Burbank (8-15, 5-13). All four squads will compete in the CIF Southern Section Northern Team Divisional at 1 p.m. Monday at Soule Park Golf Course in Ojai.
Crescenta Valley also received an 81 from Adrian Chia, 84 from Cody Renfro, 85 from Paul Park and 86 from Patrick Kallas. Kelsey Danzeisen led Burroughs with a 78, followed by Chris Kesicbasian with an 80, Sean White at 84 and Joe Mills and Patrick Colbert with 85s. Roman Verciglio and Dylan Cherry fired 81s for Burbank, which got an 83 from Brady Dunayer, 84 from Kevin Chong and 85 from Andy Chung.
Danziesen, a reigning All-Area honoree who will enter today’s round in eighth place, said he was satisfied with his round.
“I didn’t get into too much trouble,” said Danzeisen, who advanced to Southern California Golf Assn. Regional Qualifier last season. “I hit a lot of shots on to the fairways.
“Now, it’s do or die and that puts a little bit of pressure on me. So, I just have to go out and play my game and hope for the best.”
Burbank Coach Frank Childress said that while the Bulldogs finished in fourth place, he’s looking for his three remaining players to gain more valuable experience today.
“I do see them playing well,” Childress said. “I think they can all go out there and play a decent round.
“The whole point is that they get to play another 18 holes. Just go out there and have some fun.”
Kevin Chen of Arcadia shot a 70 to secure medalist honors. The Apaches also received a 74 from Bryan Shin, 75 from Anthony Pidlaoan, 76 from William Oetojo and 77 from Brandon Truoung.
Evin Davis of Pasadena finished with a 75. Glendale’s Kent Asano and Sammy Do finished with an 89 and 96, respectively.
Chen leads the league in scoring with a 288, followed by Shin (295), Davis (301), Pidlaoan (304), Cho (305), Andrew Baek of Arcadia (309), Oetojo (309), Danzeisen (314), Park (318), Chia (318), Kesicbasian (322), Dunayer (322), White (330), Verciglio (330), Kallas (336) and Chung (341).