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Paul Park leads Crescenta Valley boys' golf team to second-place finish

Golf: Junior shoots two-over-par 72 in Pacific League match at Brookside Golf Course No. 2.

April 25, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley's Paul Park hits a fairway shot on the third hole in a Pacific League boys golf match No. 4 at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena on Thursday. Park shot a two-over-par 72 to lead the Falcons to second place. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Crescenta Valley's Paul Park hits a fairway shot…

PASADENA — Heading into the home stretch in the Pacific League, Paul Park is pleased with his overall play.

Nonetheless, the way the Crescenta Valley High boys’ junior golfer sees it, there’s still room for improvement and Park’s effort Thursday raised his confidence of doing that going forward.

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“I’m doing a lot of things well right now, like striking the ball,” said Park, who shot a two-over-par 72 on Thursday in Pacific League match No. 4 at Brookside Golf Course No. 2. “That really helped me out today on some different holes.

“We still have another [league match] left, and I just need to remain focused. I’d like to get [to the CIF Individual Tournament].”

Park, who shared medalist honors with a three-over-par 74 in a league match at De Bell Golf Club on April 11, helped Crescenta Valley register a second-place finish Thursday with a 409. Crescenta Valley improved to 16-14, 9-6 in league.

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The Falcons received a 76 from Cody Renfro an 80 from Adrian Chia, a 90 from AJ Roa and 91 from Mike Shin.

Arcadia (17-1, 14-0) took first with a 361. Jonathan Lai of Arcadia shot a 68 to earn medalist accolades.

Burbank, which finished second in the league’s first two matches, recorded a 411 to place third. Burroughs was fourth at 441.

Glendale, which doesn’t have enough players to field a complete lineup, got another stellar effort from freshman Russell Caletena. Caletena fired a 75 on Thursday.

Like Park, Caletena said he’s peaking at the right time.

“Everything seems to be working well for me and I’m staying with it,” Caletena said. “I like where I’m at.

“My swing wasn’t that good at the beginning. I got to the back nine and started to figure things out. I made some nice putts for par.”

Burbank (16-8, 7-7) was led by Austin Tatka, who finished with a 76.

A strong short game aided Tatka after he began his round with a triple-bogey on the par-four first hole.

“It’s a bit of an easier course, but I got off to a bad start with that triple-bogey,” Tatka said. “After that, my putting was on and that helped me get back into it.

“I was able to get up and down on some big holes and made the putts when I needed to.”

The Bulldogs got an 82 from Roman Verciglio, 83 from Andy Chung, 84 from Brady Dunayer and 86 from Jason Apinchapong.

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