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Crescenta Valley, Burroughs girls' golf post fine tournament showings

Golf: Falcon girls get another solid effort in annual event, while Burroughs takes fourth at De Bell.

October 03, 2013

BURBANK — Taking a break from Pacific League competition, four area girls’ golf teams flocked to De Bell Golf Club on Thursday to take part in the 13th annual Magnolia Park Optimist Club Invitational.

Approaching the midway point of the season, Crescenta Valley High, Burroughs, Burbank and La Cañada looked to use the 28-team event as a measuring stick.

Many of them achieved success, as Crescenta Valley’s No. 1 squad paved the way after it carded a 159 to finish runner-up in the tournament for the second straight season, while Burroughs finished fourth.

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“It’s been a great week for us,” said Crescenta Valley Coach Lee Pope, whose team won a league match Wednesday at Santa Anita Golf Course in Arcadia. “I’m ecstatic to get second in this tournament after finishing first in our league match.

“That’s two years in a row we’ve taken second in the tournament and we’ll try to get over the hump next time. This is a tough course with tough greens. You have the chance to break up the monotony of playing league matches and play against some of the top teams. It helps get you ready for the CIF playoffs.”

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame won the tournament with a 152, followed by Crescenta Valley. South Torrance placed third (167), followed by Burroughs’ No. 1 team (174).

La Cañada’s No. 1 team finished eighth with a 187. Crescenta Valley’s No. 2 team tied with Mira Costa’s No. 1 team for 10th (189). Burbank placed 14th (197), Burroughs’ No. 2 team took 19th (207) and La Cañada’s No. 2 squad was 23rd (253).

Joany Gao of Burroughs and Crescenta Valley’s Jocelyn Chia, the reigning All-Area Girls’ Golfer of the Year, each shot even-par 36s. Gao, a reigning All-Area honoree, took third in the A flight competition behind Redondo Union’s Robynn Ree (31) and Katelyn Reynolds of Notre Dame (35). Chia finished fourth after a card-off with Gao.

Gao said her putting sparked her on the short course.

“I just had to try to stay positive,” Gao said. “It was about being consistent and accurate.

“There’s less pressure because you aren’t competing in a league match, but you still have that drive to go out there and do well. It boosts my confidence.”

Burbank’s Irene Maemura, who earned a spot on the All-Area team last season, paced the Bulldogs with a 37.

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