BURBANK — Emily Tubert of Burroughs High and Katie Park of Crescenta Valley have had their share of battles at De Bell Municipal Golf Course as Pacific League foes.
While Tubert has logged countless hours on the Indians’ home course, Park takes lessons at De Bell and knows the layout very well.
With that experience under their belts, the two had to be considered among the favorites Thursday in the seventh annual Magnolia Park Optimist Club Girls’ High School Invitational at the venue.
Although Tubert, a junior, wasn’t able to repeat as champion in this year’s event, she did finish second among a talented field.
For Park, a junior, things didn’t go so well. She struggled on the first hole and couldn’t climb her way back into contention, as she finished in a three-way tie for seventh.
Tubert’s one-under-par 35 on the back nine was just one stroke behind Hart sophomore Brenna Carlson, who captured the title in the A Flight with a 34.
“I don’t mind losing on my home course if the person who beat me shoots well,” said Tubert, who carded four pars, two birdies and an eagle on the par-four 16th hole. “I only get upset with myself when I don’t play well.
“But [Thursday] I was pretty happy with the way that I played.”
Park paced the Falcons with a 41. However, that was two strokes under the 39 she shot at De Bell on Sept. 18 to win the second Pacific League match.
“I had a big problem on the first hole,” said Park, who had a double-bogey seven on the No. 11 hole to start the competition. “I just wasn’t comfortable with my swing.”
In the team competition, the Indians got the best of their league counterpart, as Burroughs placed third and Crescenta Valley tied for fifth.
Hart won the team championship with a 152. It was followed by Torrance (161), the Indians (176), Mira Costa (179), the Falcons (181) and San Marino (181).
Burbank shot a 202.
Michelle Cho fired a 42, Sally Chun had a 44 and Christina Hwang had a 54 for the Falcons.
For the No. 1 Burroughs team, Ravipa Losakul fired a 54, Jasmine Daniel had a 47 and Natasha Wells had a 49. For the Indians’ No. 2 team, Angela Milosevic had a 48, Elizabeth Ramos had a 53, Jena Rae Serranzana had a 57 and Haley Hays had a 60.
“I’m happy that we were able to get third,” Burroughs Coach Mike Krose said. “I though we had some good scores, with three girls in the 40s.”
In the B Flight individual competition, Katie Woo of San Marino finished first with a 40, Shani Yonamine of South Torrance was second with a 41 and Stacy Mann of Thousand Oaks was third with a 44 in a card-off on the par-37 front nine.
“This course is tough, and I don’t think our girls like to play here that much,” Crescenta Valley Coach Ken Johnson said. “But we have to learn to play here because we play some of the league matches [at De Bell].”