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Area trio ready to rise

Golf: Cho, Morikawa and Suh in CIF Individual Final.

May 19, 2012|By Charles Rich

Andrew Cho, Colin Morikawa and Joshua Suh are all familiar with Brookside Golf Course No. 1 having played their share of rounds on the Pasadena venue.

The trio of area high school boys' golfers would like to return to the course. For that to occur, they still need to play a solid 18-hole round Monday at the CIF Southern Section Individual Final at 9 a.m. Monday at Victoria Country Club in Riverside.

The top 28 from the field of 90 will advance to the CIF/Southern California Golf Assn. Qualifying Tournament, which will take place May 31 at Brookside.

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Cho, who fired a one-over-par 71 on Monday to finish tied for fifth at the CIF Southern Section Northern Individual Regional at Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo, said the field will be tougher while playing on an unfamiliar par-72 course.

"Things will get a little more hard, but I've been practicing a lot," said Cho, a senior at Crescenta Valley who finished seventh in the Pacific League's Individual Tournament at Santa Anita Golf Course. "I know that I have to just go out there and play a solid round and avoid making any big mistakes.

"My scores have improved every week and it would be pretty awesome to get back to Brookside."

Like Cho, who helped the Falcons finish second in league, Morikawa and Suh of La Cañada enter Monday's competition all playing their best.

Morikawa, a freshman who captured the Rio Hondo League's individual crown, carded a 72 in Camarillo. Suh, a sophomore who placed second in league, recorded a 77 on Monday to finish in a six-way tie for the last qualifying spot.

La Cañada Coach Richard Tetu, who guided the Spartans to the league championship, said it would take around an even-par round for Morikawa and Suh to advance.

"It's something both of them can do," Tetu said. "They have to go out there and play conservatively.

"Colin is mentally strong, and, with Joshua, it will be about concentration and being able to handle the slow pace."

charles.rich@latimes.com

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