June 8, 2011
Poppy Hills GC
PEBBLE BEACH – Depth and consistency were the two things that Torrey Pines head coach Chris Drake used to describe his team, and those proved to be two good things to have on Wednesday.
The Torrey Pines Team played lights out in the 2011 CIF High School Boys State Championship at Poppy Hills GC, shattering the previous state championship low score at Poppy Hills by nine shots. Torrey Pines’ team score of 6-over 366 was nine better than St. Augustine’s 2005 score of 375.
“I have six guys that I got up here that will shoot right around even. They’re not going to go [way] under-par,” said Drake, who further pointed out that none of his players shot lower than even par at the SoCals, but none shot worse than 3-over par.
Torrey Pines was lead by Jay Hwang, the soon to be UCLA Bruin, as he fired a 2-under 70. After making the turn at 1-over par Hwang made three birdies on the back nine for the 70, proving why he is the team’s number one player. The other four scores that were counted toward the team total were 73s by Danny Ochoa and Ryan Burgess, a 74 by Michael Kim and a 76 by Bobby Gojuangco.
RL Stevenson School was one of the first two schools in and it looked as if the 375 it posted might be enough for the Monterey Peninsula school to steal away a title. The Stevenson school located less than a mile away from Poppy Hills took advantage of the course’s proximity and it showed as all six players shot in the 70s—the only team to do so.
“We definitely felt we had a home course advantage,” said standout Stevenson school freshman Seb Crampton, who shot 74. “This course is so narrow and the greens are really undulating; we know these greens well.”
Finishing behind Torrey Pines and RL Stevenson in third place was Foothill who shot 21-over 381. Foothill was lead by Nicolo Galletti who shot 3-under 69 tying for medalist honors with Scripps Ranch’s Alexander Schauffele, only to lose to Schauffele in a three-hole sudden-death playoff.
Schauffele, the incoming Long Beach State freshman, got off to a rough start bogeying three of his first six holes. However, he holed out from the fairway on the par 4 8th hole for a rare eagle two, which got things going for him the rest of the way out. He would add five more birdies and just one bogey over the final 10 holes to get him into the playoff.
“After starting off at 3-over I was just telling myself this was my last high school tournament and I knew 3-over wasn’t going to do it,” said Schauffele. “I knew I had some par fives ahead, so I told myself that I just needed to stay patient.”