Players looking to raise their game

Six local teams have different expectations with new season set to tee off.

February 26, 2011|By Charles Rich,

GLENDALE — In a recent practice session at Altadena Golf Course, Flintridge Prep boys' golf Coach Bob Loughrie played several holes with budding standout Jack Bouchard.

While going from hole to hole, Loughrie, who will begin his 25th season in charge of the Rebels, gained additional knowledge about the sport from Bouchard. Loughrie also liked the way Bouchard, a sophomore, remained composed when hitting the ball.

"He's a dream player," Loughrie said of Bouchard. "Every drive he hit, his trajectory was perfect.

"He explained things to me about drives and putts that you either didn't know or don't think about much. He's that much ahead of the game and he's dedicated."


Bouchard enjoyed quite a debut with the Rebels last season. He finished second in the Prep League's individual final at Brookside Golf Course and qualified for the divisionals. He will look to become the first Rebel to capture a league championship since Hasan Doxey in 2007.

Loughrie, who has coached a cast of star Rebels' players that's included Jeff Osborn, Russell Surber and Brett Kanda, said Bouchard can further sharpen all areas of his game and make it to state.

"I think he learned a lot from last year and he's got a shot at winning league," Loughrie said. "He's much more powerful and savvy at this stage compared to last year.

"He's hitting the ball much farther. I would not be at all surprised if he makes it to state."

Joining Bouchard, a reigning All-Area pick, will be Will Guthrie, Justin Farshidi and Richard Lo.

Crescenta Valley will look for a new No. 1 player after Michael Timpson graduated. Timpson, who won the Pacific League's individual crown last season, is now a member of the Glendale Community College men's golf team.

There might be some qualified candidates on board to be able to replace Timpson, who earned All-Area honors last season. Among those in the equation is freshman Paul Park.

"Paul is near the level of play as Michael was for us last year," Crescenta Valley Coach John Pehar said. "He's tournament tough and he's going to be a good player for us."

Among those expected back are Nick Blackburn, Aaron Peskett, John Lee, Jason Lee and Adrian Chia.

"Arcadia and Burbank are going to be good," said Pehar, whose team finished 13th at CIF Southern Section Northern Team Divisional last season. "Once we see the teams, we will get a better idea of where we might finish in league."

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