"Yes, we can have a real good team. They have been practicing well together and we know going in that our conference will again be incredibly tough."
Glendale will field a nine-member team, eight of those freshmen. The lone returner will be Brennan Amirkhizi, who earned all-conference accolades last season and advanced to the Southern California Regionals at the SCGA Course in Murrieta.
Amirkhizi, who carded a two-round score of 152 to place 26th at the regionals, will be counted on to lead the Vaqueros once again. He's accepted the challenge.
"I learned a lot last season and I know more about what to expect," Amirkhizi said. "We have a pretty solid team and it's committed.
"I'm going to try my best to get back to the regionals and hopefully beyond. I didn't know some of the courses we played on. I know them now and I think that will help me."
The freshmen group will consist of Crescenta Valley High graduate Michael Timpson, Jin Park of Burbank High, Chris Ramirez, Aaron Fernandez, Danny Fernandez, Phillip Gonzales, Vincent Lam and Josh Grossblatt. While many from that group excelled on the high school circuit, things figure to become more difficult at the collegiate level.
"We will know a lot more about our team after the first couple of matches," said Osbourne, whose team won the Tee Off Classic last season and placed fourth in conference. "Our goals are going to be to try to win state, and, if that doesn't happen, then come close to it.
"The only way to get to state is to do well in conference."