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Crescenta Valley, Burroughs golf come up short of advancing in CIF

Golf: Chia, Gao golf well at team dvisional, former's honesty finds her disqualified, however. CV takes 10th, Burroughs 16th.

October 31, 2013|By Andrew Shortall

RIVERSIDE — While Jocelyn Chia's score was impressive, Crescenta Valley High girls' golf Coach Lee Pope was far more impressed with what she did off the course Thursday in the CIF Southern Section Eastern Team Divisional.

With officials busy tallying up individual and team scores at the end of the tournament, Chia noticed a discrepancy in her score. With her two-over-par 73 and a team score of 420, the Falcons were still in contention of advancing to the next round of CIF.

The three-time All-Area Girls' Golfer of the Year realized she'd signed an incorrect score card, though – she'd actually shot a 74 – and went to the officials with the news. Chia's score was disqualified and dropped her team out of contention of advancing, with a team score of 455 that came in 10th out of the 18 teams.

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“It was just the right thing to do, no matter what it is,” said Chia, whose team took second in the Pacific League this year behind Arcadia and in front of Burroughs. “It was lower, so I went and said, 'There's something wrong here.' It's integrity and good sportsmanship just to do it. Even if I'm disqualified, it's the right thing to do.”

If her 74 would have stood, which was tied for the fifth best individual score overall with Burroughs' Joany Gao, Vista Murrieta's Alli Kim and Santiago Corona's Erica Wang, Crescenta Valley would have still missed the cut and finished tied for fourth with a 420.

Great Oaks produced the individual medalist in Monika Poomcharoen, who shot an one-under 70.

Troy won the event with a 392, which edged Palm Desert (393) by one stroke. Arcadia advanced with a third-place showing and team score of 400. Burroughs took 16th with a team score of 511.

“It's more important for her to be totally honest,” Pope said of Chia. “There's about 80 percent of the girls in there that once that score is on there they wouldn't say a thing. My hat's off to her in that aspect. Golf is a game of respect and honesty and she showed that.”

CV had three other players shoot 84 or below, with Andrea Han and Gina Chung both shooting an 83 and Audrey Chung adding an 84, but were just missing that fifth score to put them over the top.

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