Quail Lodge GC
June 5, 2013
June 5, 2013
CARMEL – After consecutive years of finishing second and third at the CIF Boys State Championship, Stevenson School had nowhere to go but up. On Wednesday at Quail Lodge GC, Stevenson did exactly that winning the 2013 CIF Boys State Championship with a team score of 368, 13-over par.
“We’ve been so close the last two years and now we finally did it,” said junior Seb Crampton.
The small private school located Pebble Beach was led by the junior, who fired a one-under par 70, but ultimately it was a collective team effort as solid rounds by Drew Nelson (71, even-par), Sunny Yan (72, one-over), Michael Decker (76, five-over) and Nick Simmons (79, eight-over) accounted for the team’s total. Senior Kyle John, who posted an 82, 11-over par, had his score thrown out as the format takes the top five of a team’s six scores.
With all the Stevenson players going out in the first six groups of the day there was a good hour of waiting around the scoreboard to see how de facto tournament favorites Sunny Hills HS would fare. All players on the Sunny Hills team went out in the final six groups and after their start player Jack Chung, the fourth player to post, came in with a five-under 66, there was a feeling from the Stevenson camp that it might be the bridesmaid once again.
“I thought [Sunny Hills] was going to win it,” said Stevenson head coach Bill Hankison after Chung’s 66 was posted. “But once I saw the second [to last] score posted I thought, ‘now wait a minute.’”
That second to last score posted was an 80 by David Won, and when the final Sunny Hills score was posted, a 76 by Chris Chu, a loud cheer came from Stevenson’s players, coaches and parents. The Pirates had a CIF Boys Golf title to their name, edging out Sunny Hills by two strokes 368 to 370.
“That was very exciting,” said Hankinson. “You never want to wish anybody to play [poorly], we just were fortunate [to win].”
Hankison, who has been the varsity golf coach at Stevenson School for several years now and at the school for 36 years total, was glad to finally come away with a state title. He paid tribute to his predecessor John Powers, who he claimed built the program to where it is today. While many players and their parents were now proclaiming that Hankinson can retire as a coach, Hankinson has no plans hanging it up as he’s already signed a contract to coach through 2014.
“We’ve got a real good nucleus [of players], so I’m very excited for next year,” he said.
Despite coming up short of winning a team title, Sunny Hills’ Chung won the individual state title with his stellar five-under par 66. After playing the first eight holes at even-par with a pair of birdies and bogeys, Chung got revved up and finished with six birdies and one bogey over the final 10 holes.
“I was just trying to shoot [a score] like I did at the SCGA/CIF Championships,” said Chung, who coincidentally won that individual also with a 66. “I was just trying to go [low] to help my team.”
Finishing as runner-up in the individual championship was Michael Delgado of Branson High School, who fired a three-under par 68. Corey Pereira of Ponderosa High School and Josh McCarthy of De La Salle finished tied for third at two-under par 69. Three golfers finished tied for fifth at one-under par 70, including Crampton, Tailin Song of Torrey Pines High School and Brandon Tsujimoto of Damien High School.
CIF Boys State Championship Preview
June 4, 2013
CARMEL – The CIF Boys State Championship returns to Northern California for 2013 and will be played at Quail Lodge GC in place of its normal locale, Poppy Hills, while it’s under renovation. Six teams will square off for the title on Wednesday, three from Northern California: Archbishop Mitty, De La Salle and Stevenson; and three from Southern California: Oaks Christian, Sunny Hills and Torrey Pines.
De La Salle HS won the NCGA/CIF Championship on May 21 at Diablo Grande GC winning with a team score of 373, 13-over par. De La Salle located in Concord, is led by senior Justin Pagila, who finished second place individually in the NCGA/CIF Championship with a score of three-under par 69.
Second place finishers in the event were Archbishop Mitty HS of San Jose. Archbishop Mitty proved to have the most consistent team as all six players shot within five strokes of each other and had sub-80 rounds. They are led by Shintaro Ban, who posted a 74 at the NCGA/CIF championship.
Stevenson School, the third place finishers in the NCGA/CIF Championship, has a couple advantages that the other two Northern California teams don’t: location and event familiarity. Stevenson is not only a mere 10 miles from Quail Lodge GC, it also has been to the last two CIF Championships, finishing second in 2011 and third in 2012. Three of the six members of Stevenson have played in the last two CIF Championships, Seniors Michael Decker and Drew Nelson and Junior Seb Crampton.
In the SCGA/CIF Championship Sunny Hills HS knocked off two-time defending champion Torrey Pines HS. Sunny Hills located in Fullerton posted an impressive team score of 363, three-over par at Brookside GC. The Lancers are led by Jack Chung, who posted a six-under 66 in the championship, good enough to win the SCGA/CIF individual title as well.
Torrey Pines HS, who fired a team score of 368, eight-over par, were the last high school to win a championship on Northern California territory, winning in 2011 at Poppy Hills GC. Danny Ochoa is the only returning player from that championship team, but he was fourth out of sixth place among his teammates this year in the SCGA/CIF Championship. Leading the way for Torrey Pines HS was Aaron Strockis carding a two-under par 70.
Oaks Christian HS was the third and final team to qualify, totaling a score of 373, 13-over par. The Lions had a very consistent team with all six of their players posting rounds between 71 and 77, led by Sam Orue.
Besides the likes of Pagila, Chung and the other aforementioned players, there will be several players competing solely for a CIF individual title. Jordan Koelewyn of Central Valley Christian posted a 66 in the SCGA/CIF Championship, but lost to Chung in a sudden-death playoff to lose the individual title. He’ll be joined by other SCGA/CIF individual competitors Ki Taek Lee, Robert Deng, Michael Howe, Brandon Tsujimoto, Blake Barens, Alex Angard and Andre Vu. NCGA/CIF individual winner Ryan Maund won with a four-under par 68, playing a bogey-free round at Diablo Grande GC. Joining him from the NCGA/CIF Championship are Corey Pereira, Andrew Buchanan, Truett Waldon, Nick Rivera, Justin Suh, Bradley Knox, Will Brink and Miguel Delgado.
Action begins at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning with the final tee time at 9:20 a.m.