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Torrey Pines runners-up at CIF State Boys Golf Championships

Concord De La Salle wins state title as only team under par

Torrey Pines High School finished the season as the second-best boys golf team in the state after carding a runner-up finish Wednesday, June 1, at the CIF State Boys Golf Championships, held on the par-71 San Gabriel Country Club layout.

Concord De La Salle took the team title with the only collective score under par. The Spartans finished at 3 under with a 352 total, followed by Torrey Pines at 8-over 363 and Fullerton Sunny Hills at 16-over 371.

“We’re stoked to get a second-place finish against a very talented field,” Torrey Pines coach Chris Drake said. “The course was in perfect shape, and the weather was ideal for championship golf.”

As they did while playing to a runner-up finish last week at the CIF SoCal Championships, the Falcons had five golfers within four shots of each other. Josh Chung, a junior, paced the San Diego Section champions with a roller-coaster round of 1-under-par 70 which included six birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey.

Colin Li, Ryan Plodkowski and Philip Kench all came in at 73 for Torrey Pines, and Jay Leng shot a 74.

“Every year our goal is to be in the mix,” Drake said. “We held our own, but De La Salle played lights-out. To shoot 3-under par as a team on that course is terrific. Our hats are off to them.”

Among the San Diego Section golfers competing, Chung and Luke Potter of Classical Academy posted the low scores. Potter, a senior who won the state championship as a freshman for La Costa Canyon, fired a 1-under 70 which included four birdies and three bogeys.

Chung and Potter tied for sixth place in the individual scoring, four shots behind state champion Brandon Knight of Pleasanton Foothill. Knight’s 5-under 66 featured seven birdies which countered a pair of bogeys.

San Pasqual’s Connor Williams had earned a top-10 finish with an even-par 71, tying for ninth place.

“Connor was right there at 3-under going to the last hole, but he triple-bogeyed 18,” Drake said.

Hoff is a freelance writer.


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