In past years, the biggest detriment facing the Newport Harbor High
boys golf team was depth, or lack thereof, Coach Scott Tarnow said.
Scores would often balloon after the top two players, making
consistency difficult to achieve.
Not so this season.
Newport returns four from last year’s unit that went 12-8, 5-5 in
the Sea View League. The Sailors closed the season with five straight
Tarnow believes this year’s lineup is strong one through six.
“We have a couple leaders who are able to put up low numbers,”
Tarnow said. “In years past, we had good scores, but would fall apart
at 3, 4, 5 and 6. This year, all the guys have a chance of putting up
Three of the four are four-year varsity lettermen: Davis Pemstein,
Rhett Palmer and Brandon Sowers. Senior Chris Willard is in his third
Sophomore Justin Morehead, junior Spencer Quinn and sophomore
Andrew Skjonsby are also expected to pay dividends, Tarnow said.
Quinn saw limited varsity action last year.
“Skjonsby’s swing is a lot more smooth,” Tarnow said. “I can see a
difference in his game.”
Pemstein led all Sailors with a 10th-place finish in the league
tournament last year, which also included Palmer.
The top five qualified for the CIF Southern Regional
championships. Pemstein missed by a shot.
Tarnow said Pemstein plans to walk-on in college and added that
Sowers would like to play at Saddleback College.
This year, Tarnow hopes one or two of his players will reach CIF,
but knows it will be tough in a league that features perennially
strong programs such as Foothill, Aliso Niguel and Woodbridge.
“We have one of the best leagues around,” he said. “You have to
shoot a really good number to [advance] out of there.”
To prepare for league, Tarnow beefed up the schedule with
difficult nonleague foes such as Dana Hills and Servite -- the latter
The Sailors, 2-2 as of Thursday, compete in the fourth annual
Estancia Mesa Verde tournament April 4 at Mesa Verde Country Club.