BURBANK — Things continue to improve for the Burroughs High girls’ golf team, including competing in the annual Magnolia Park Optimist Club Tournament.
Burroughs looked to register a quality effort Thursday in the 21-team event and give itself some additional confidence heading into the Pacific League finals later this month.
Burroughs received a three-over-par 39 from freshman standout Kiara Hernandez to finish fifth with a 182 in the tournament’s 18th installment at De Bell Golf Club.
The event also featured Burbank, Crescenta Valley and La Cañada in the tournament that included some top squads from the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys and beyond.
“We always like to do well in this tournament and we did that again today,” Burroughs coach Greg Everhart said. “It’s our home course and we always want to do well here.
“We keep on showing improvement and we came so close to winning it.”
Granada Hills finished first with a 178, followed by West Ranch (179), Valencia Valencia (180) and Royal (181). Burbank took eighth at 192, Crescenta Valley 10th with a 201 and La Cañada 13th at 224.
Hernandez, who has won four league matches in a row, took third in the A flight competition. Noelle Song of West Ranch had a 38 and Reagan Staab of Redondo Union edged Hernandez in a card-off with a 39.
Burroughs, which placed third in the tournament last season, received a 44 from Jocelyn Kim, 48 from Gabija Petrulis and 51 from Abby Powell.
Upstart Burbank was paced by Madison Lee, who had a 44. Regina Ramos had a 48 for the Bulldogs, who got a 49 from Cassie Morin and 51 from Kara Lee.
Ramos took third in the B flight competition, finishing behind Rachel Hong of Peninsula (48) and Torrance’s Sammy Murata (49). Murata topped Ramos in a card-off.
“I’m very happy with our results and that’s because they are putting in the work,” Burbank coach Branko Sevic said. “The results are starting to show now.
“I think we improved by 20 strokes in the tournament from last season and we have a lot of confidence right now.”
Crescenta Valley received 42s from Vienna Bebla and Cathlyn Junio, a 47 from Eliana Kim and a 71 from Katie Bernabe.
“I’m pleased with our scores and Vienna and Cathlyn had respectable scores,” Crescenta Valley coach Grant Clark said. “I think it’s a confidence builder for Vienna and Cathlyn, and I hope they embrace it going forward.”
La Cañada, which is now in the Rio Hondo League after previously competing in the Pacific League, continues to build.
The Spartans were paced by Delaney Choi, who had a 52. Sarah Paek recorded a 54 for the Spartans, who got a 58 from Hayden Husfeld and a 60 from Emilee Herman.
“I think it’s a very good experience for a lot of our players,” La Cañada first-year coach Hasan Doxey said. “It’s great for our players to go up against some very good taklent and that will only help them out later.