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Golfers looking for better finish in CIF

Golf: Crescenta Valley boys’ team hopes to top last year’s effort in Northern Team Divisional at Ojai.

May 10, 2010|By Charles Rich

GLENDALE — When the members of the Crescenta Valley High boys’ golf team arrive at scenic Soule Park Golf Club in Ojai today for the CIF Southern Section Northern Team Divisional, they will seek a better result.

On their last trip to that venue last season, the Falcons finished 14th with a score of 423 in the 17-team competition, leading Crescenta Valley Coach John Pehar to say the Falcons “fell off the radar.”

Pehar and Co. will strive for a better finish when the tournament’s next installment begins at noon today.

“Last year, we finished 14th and we certainly did not show well,” said Pehar, who piloted the Falcons to a second-place finish in the Pacific League this season behind Arcadia. “I believe our guys are now capable of shooting a team score of 400 or better.”

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The Falcons (15-10 and 14-7 in league) will be joined by league counterparts Arcadia, Burbank and Burroughs in the 18-hole event, which will also feature squads from the Camino Real, Del Rey, Foothill, Frontier, Golden, Marmonte, Mulholland and Rio Hondo leagues. More than 75 players are expected to make up the field.

The top three teams move on to the CIF Team Championship Final, which will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday at Redhawk Golf Club in Temecula.

Westlake captured the crown last season with a 358, followed by Valencia Valencia (376) and Arcadia (378).

Pehar said most of the Falcons are familiar with the 6,750-yard course nestled in the middle of Northern Ventura County.

“It’s not a real long course, but there are some fairways that are not very forgiving,” said Pehar, whose squad placed fifth at the Western Team Divisional at Montebello Golf Course in 2008. “There are a few holes where you can’t really use a driver and there are a lot of creek beds.”

Crescenta Valley senior golfer Michael Timpson, a reigning All-Area member who will attend Glendale Community College in the fall, said the Falcons can improve. Timpson finished with one birdie, 14 pars and three bogeys in the tournament last season.

“All but one of us have played the course before,” said Timpson, who captured his first individual league championship Wednesday at De Bell Golf Club in Burbank and will take part in the CIF Northern Individual at River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard on May 17. “We know it and I think we can all do well.

“We can do well as long as everybody plays smart.”


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