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Timpson poised for CIF individual run

Golf: Falcons senior heads to Oxnard for looking to move past regional.

May 15, 2010|By Charles Rich

GLENDALE — When Michael Timpson missed qualifying by one stroke for the CIF Southern Section Northern Individual Regional last season, he realized he could no longer take anything for granted.

The disappointment of not qualifying for the tournament stayed with the Crescenta Valley High boys’ golfer for some time. However, it led to him spending more time working on all facets of his game so he wouldn’t miss his final opportunity to qualify this season.

Timpson went out and proved himself, winning his first Pacific League individual championship and earning a spot in the Northern Individual Regional on Monday. Timpson, a reigning All-Area member, will be the lone local representative among the field of 70-plus golfers when he tees off at 8 a.m. today at River Ridge Golf Club’s Vineyard Course in Oxnard.


“Missing by one stroke made me work harder at my overall game,” said Timpson, a senior who won the league championship at De Bell Golf Club in Burbank on May 5. “It made me understand that I knew I had to try harder to make it and that has stayed with me since.

“I definitely learned a lesson. I’m happy that I won league and I could see how the hard work had paid off.”

At stake will be a trip to the CIF Individual Championship Tournament, which will be held at 8 a.m. May 24 at La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc. The top 26 finishers from today’s event will move on to next week.

The top 28 finishers from the May 24 tournament will advance to the CIF/SCGA Tournament, which will be held June 3 at the SCGA Members Club in Murrieta.

The Glendale Community College-bound Timpson, who helped Crescenta Valley finish second in league and finish 13th at the CIF Southern Section Northern Team Divisional at Soule Park Golf Club in Ojai on May 10, said he played a recent practice round at the par-72 course in Ventura County.

“Depending on the wind, you have to determine your strategy,” Timpson said. “The fairways are real big and you need close approach shots and have your putter going.

“I’ve been struggling with my ball striking, but it’s a bit of a more simpler course. I’m really excited and my goal is to win CIF.”

Crescenta Valley Coach John Pehar said Timpson will relish the opportunity to compete against some of the top golfers from the region.

“He’s got a very good chance to move on,” Pehar said. “He’s played the course now and it does play fairly long.”

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