La Costa Canyon High of Encinitas swept its way through the forest.
La Costa Canyon, winners of the Southern California title, put on another show at Wednesday’s Calfornia Interscholastic Federation State Championship at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach. The Mavericks rolled to the team title, shooting a team score of 3-under 352 (best-five-scores-out-of-six) to claim a five-shot victory over league rival and defending State champ Torrey Pines.
In the Individual competition, La Costa Canyon freshman Luke Potter won with a score of 7-under 64.
Featuring a mix of three seniors and three freshmen, it was the young guys who stood out for La Costa Canyon. Along with Potter’s 64. the Mavericks got a 66 from Jonas and a 73 by freshman Landon Elliott. Rounding out the Maverick’s scoring were seniors Kento Yamawaki (74), Matt Pennington (75) and Josh Rooker (80).
It was La Costa Canyon’s second State crown. They also won in 2009. Torrey Pines was led by a 65 from Caden Fiorini and a 71 by Isaac Rodea. The low NorCal squad was Jesuit High of Sacramento, who came in at 366 thanks in part to a 66 by Chase Senkiewicz.
“This was a great combination of senior leadership and unfazed youth,” La Costa Canyon head coach Casey Sovacool said. “Our young guys carried us to the finish line.”
Still only 14 years old, Potter was flawless, carding seven birdies with no bogeys. None of his birdie putts were longer than 16 feet. He only played one practice round after flying up early Tuesday.
“Overall, I had my ‘A’ game,” Potter said. “I really liked the course. I like the overall design.”