Crescenta Valley High boys' golf loses grip on lead to Arcadia

Golf: Falcons finish second in Pacific League's third match, while Burbank's Jason Apinchapong is area's top-scorer, Burroughs takes third and Glendale is fifth.

April 17, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa,

ARCADIA — On an afternoon of small surprises from both the Crescenta Valley High and Burbank boys’ golf teams, a change among the Pacific League leaders wasn’t shocking.

Host Arcadia High jumped ahead of Crescenta Valley in the third league match and took control of its league title fate by defeating the short-handed Falcons, 370-394, on Thursday afternoon in a match in which Burroughs was third with 407 points, Burbank was fourth with 421 points and fifth-place Glendale tallied 443 points on the par-71 Santa Anita Golf Course in Arcadia.

“I was really proud of the effort my guys put forth,” Crescenta Valley second-year Coach Lee Pope said. “We were down our No. 1 player, but we still had two CIF qualifying scores and had our junior varsity guy step up.”


The Falcons, who have won one match in league versus two victories for the Apaches, were dealt a blow before the teams arrived for action when senior Paul Park, an All-Area player a year ago, did not participate due to a previous American Junior Golf Association tournament commitment.

However, even with Park’s participation, it would have been difficult for the Falcons to topple red-hot Arcadia.

The Apaches’ 24-stroke victory was fueled by a match-best even-par score of 71 from Arcadia’s Andrew Baek and a one-over 72 from Showta Moriyama, who carded the No. 2 score Thursday.

Overall, the Apaches’ five scorers were only a combined 15 shots over par.

“Tip your cap to Arcadia, they were on fire today,” Pope said. “I’m not sure there was anything we could have done to have won today. They played on their home course and just took control.”

Cody Renfro paced the Falcons with a team-best score of 75 and was followed by AJ Roa (77), David Holeman (78), Brandon Cho (79) and Carbajal, the junior varsity call-up who carded an 85.

Crescenta Valley will look to get even with Arcadia at the league’s next match at Griffith Park next Thursday.

While the Bulldogs may have finished fourth overall, they received a breakthrough effort from Jason Apinchapong, who shot an area-best 73.

“This is a course I would rate between medium and easy,” said Apinchapong, who carded three birdies. “I was pretty happy with my score. I was pretty strong with my drive, approach and putt.”

The sophomore tallied an 85 in the league’s first meet at De Bell Golf on March 13 and an 84 at Brookside Golf Course No. 2 on April 10.

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