After several weeks of competing in nonleague matches, the Crescenta Valley High boys' golf team met Burbank, Burroughs and Arcadia in the Pacific League's first Division A match Thursday afternoon at Brookside Golf Course No. 1.
While Arcadia appears to remain the top team in the league, Crescenta Valley, Burbank and Burroughs are looking to advance to the CIF playoffs. Crescenta Valley and Burroughs made some strides Thursday, while Burbank struggled.
Crescenta Valley carded a 424 to place second behind Arcadia (399), Burroughs finished third at 443 and Burbank took fourth with a 447.
Crescenta Valley received a seven-over-par 79 from sophomore Paul Park to lead the way for the Falcons (4-3, 3-1 in league). Park finished with two birdies and eight pars.
Park, who parred the 13th, 14th and 15th holes during his best stretch, said his short game aided him.
"I didn't think it was too bad," Park said. "My ball striking was fine and my drives were short because the wind was blowing.
"My putting was better today than it had been the last few days. I was more focused. it's all about having a good short game. I just want to be able to shoot in the low 70s."
Arcadia's Bryan Shin carded a 73 to earn medalist honors and helped the Apaches improve to 7-0, 4-0.
The Falcons, who finished 11th at the CIF Southern Section Northern Team Divisional last season, received an 83 from Adrian Chia, an 84 from Andrew Cho, an 85 from Daniel Namkung and a 93 from Patrick Kallas.
Burroughs was led by junior Sean White, who shot an 84.
Like Park, White said his short game excelled.
"I made a couple of birdies and pars," White said. "My ball striking also got better and I had a lot of greens in regulation."
Burroughs, which finished 12th in the Northern Team Divisional last season, got an 86 from Kelsey Danzeisen, a reigning All-Area selection, and an 88 from Christopher Kesicbasian. Sirakorn Losakul had a 92 for the Indians (3-4, 3-2), who got a 93 from Joe Mills.
Burbank (4-4, 2-3) was led by Benjamin Park, who shot an 82. The Bulldogs received an 83 from Brady Dunayer and 94s from Eric Kouyoumdjian, Roman Verciglio and Austin Tatka.
Burbank Coach Frank Childress said the Bulldogs struggled throughout their round.
"We expected to finish in the low 400s," Childress said. 'The scores we had [Thursday] were about 10 strokes more than we normally shoot.
"It's a long and hard course, and they are not used to it."
Glendale had two players compete with Sammy Do leading the way with a 93. Pasadena's Evin Davis finished with a 78.