Golf lands on the green to finish the season

GOLF The boys came out on top in the Palomares League to earn a chance to compete at CIF.

Johnny Wang, Asst. Sports Editor

Swinging into CIF, the Diamond Bar High School boys golf earned spots in individual divisions, and came in third in the team CIF tournament.

The team won its 10th consecutive league title with a score of 210-198 in the championship game played May 17 at Victoria Country Club in Riverside, against the Glendora Tartans.

Sophomore Leo Lu was named as the Palomares League MVP after an outstanding performance one over par for 36 holes to claim the top spot in the league and a trip to the second CIF round.

Junior Samuel Cho and sophomore Ethan Thomas finished in the Top 6 and earned first Team All League Honors with senior Thomas Lee as an alternate to the category.

During their CIF team match held at Los Serranos, the Brahmas placed third out of 18 teams in the tournament. The team scored 396 points, just 17 strokes short of the second place spot for CIF.

Lu led the team with a score of score of 77, closely following Cho and Thomas who each had 78 strokes each.

“Placing within top two was our goal since last year, and when it was time to give it our all, we let it go. Nevertheless, it’s a learning experience for our team, and we know what to prepare for next year. I had a great, promising run until I let it go in the last couple holes to miss it by one, which cost me by the spot for the second round. I have next year to show my full potential in CIF” said Cho via text.

Though the Brahmas weren’t able to advance in the CIF team tournament, head coach Tony McCabe knows the Brahmas have more to come.

“We had a great season, worked very hard, improved a lot from the year before and went as far as was expected. We are on a pace to be even better next year,” McCabe said via email.

After the team matches came to an end, Lu had no time to think about rest, quickly bouncing into the individual CIF final at Rancho San Marcos golf course. Lu shot a 82 on a par of 71, but was unable to continue onto the next round.

“I didn’t feel great about my round today. I started with a tough hole and didn’t really take the opportunities that were given for me to bounce back. I had a couple of shaky holes which turned out to cost me the round today. Unfortunately, although the course was very difficult and windy, I still had a great opportunity to move onto the next round and didn’t seize it. I look foward to playing at a higher level next year and the challenges that come with it,” Lu said.

Cho and Thomas also competed   in CIF in the Central Individuals category.

Coming right out of the tournament, Lu plans to practice every day in preparation for a better season next year.

The Brahmas will be doing the same, each member preparing for their next chance for CIF next year.