Aiming for success with young stars


With an influx of new promising talent, Diamond Bar High School’s boys golf team is looking forward to a promising season this spring.
Starting season preparations early, boys golf held their tryouts at the beginning of October, looking to scout fresh talent.
“During tryouts, we narrowed the team down from 30 players to the current roster of 21,” head coach Jason Tuck said. “The size of the team has been growing recently on the strength of our incoming freshman class.”
The team began the season with non-league matches against Cypress High School, a Division I team, to help determine team pairings and get an overall feel of the players’ abilities.
“Division I teams are all fairly strong, but we were able to defeat them 211 to 216 on the strong play of sophomore Samson Li and freshman Logan Park,” Tuck said. “Our JV was also victorious that day as James Lim shot a nice 38.”
Thanks to a strict practice regimen, this win was followed up by another victory against Cypress at Mountain Meadows Golf Course, the home course of the team.
“Practices involve both driving-range sessions and putting drills and competition,” Tuck said. “We believe that if you strengthen the weakest part of your game, it’s a better use of your time, and the results will be more significant.”
Beginning March 21, the team started league play, going up first against Wilson High School in two days of play, then finished their non-league matches against Winward at home on March 22.
“This year, with few or no tournaments planned, our focus is on the strength of our non-league matches,” Tuck said. “Our goal for the year is to make a deep run in CIF and compete in the state finals.”
This year’s co-captains are seniors Henry Yang and Elson Liu, both of whom have been on the varsity team since their freshman year.
“We believe that we have a great mix of senior talent and leadership and youthful skill to achieve our goals for the season,” Tuck said.