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Golf: Timpson wins first individual league crown by one stroke.

May 06, 2010|By Charles Rich

GLENDALE — It took Michael Timpson nearly half of his 18-hole round to get things straightened out.

When the Crescenta Valley High senior golfer did, he rode a wave of confidence en route to capturing his first individual league championship.

Timpson, who will play next at Glendale Community College, carded a one-over-par 72 and finished with a two-round score of 144 at the league individual finals at De Bell Golf Club on Wednesday afternoon.


Timpson, who helped the Falcons place second in the team competition after carding a 72 on Tuesday at the same venue, edged out Arcadia’s Richard Jeong by one stroke to become the latest Falcons player to win a league crown since Justin Yu accomplished the feat in 2008.

“It was a real battle,” said Timpson, who credited swing coach Greg Osbourne for helping fine tune his game and was one of five athletes from the 19-member field to advance to the CIF Southern Section Northern Individual at River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard on May 17. “I shot a three-over on the front nine and I was really struggling.

“I know the course well because I’ve played it a bunch of times. I stepped up to the 10th tee and I hit a shot right down the middle that started getting me going.”

Timpson, a reigning All-Area member, birdied the 11th, 12th and 13th holes to build a one-shot lead over Jeong. Timpson and Jeong entered the 17th hole tied. Timpson parred the hole, while Jeong bogeyed.

Among the others to advance to the individual tournament were Jonathon Lai of Arcadia, who carded a 73 to finish third at 146. Jin Park of Burbank fired a 77 to take fourth at 150 and Eric Yin of Arcadia registered a 76 to place fifth at 151.

Crescenta Valley Coach John Pehar said Timpson recovered well from a slow beginning.

“He was able to keep his composure while shooting a 72,” said Pehar, whose squad will next compete in the CIF Southern Section Northern Team Divisional at Soule Park in Ojai on Monday. “He was able to pull it all together while blocking out anything that could bother him.”

Those who didn’t advance were Crescenta Valley’s Jason Kim, who had an 83 to take 11th in the field at 161 and Adrian Chia of Crescenta Valley, who shot an 82 and finished 13th with a 163. Hoover’s Alan Cho carded an 80 to finish 16th at 166 and Aaron Peskett of Crescenta Valley notched a 79 to take 18th at 169.

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