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La Cañada High boys' golf captures Burbank Invitational again

Golf: Spartans take event's 50th rendition by 14 strokes at De Bell Golf Club.

March 26, 2014|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • La Cañada High golfer Collin Morikawa carded a 70 at Wednesday's Burbank Invitational at De Bell Golf Club in Burbank and helped paced the Spartans to a team victory. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
La Cañada High golfer Collin Morikawa carded…

BURBANK — With a tremendous amount of depth throughout the La Cañada High boys’ golf team’s lineup, it’s no coincidence the Spartans have been on quite a streak lately.

It showed again Wednesday, when La Cañada, along with four other area schools, were among 21 squads to flock to De Bell Golf Club to participate in the 50th rendition of the Burbank Invitational.

La Cañada’s depth proved to be the prevailing factor again, as it shot a 290 to capture the event by 14 strokes over Mira Costa.

PHOTOS: Burbank Invitational at De Bell Golf Club

Senior Joshua Suh paced La Cañada with a two-under-par 69 to share medalist honors with Mira Costa’s CJ Coleman. Suh, a reigning All-Area honoree, won the ‘A’ Flight competition in a card-off, as he and Coleman recorded a par and triple-bogey, respectively, on the par-five eighth hole.

“We do have a lot of depth and high expectations,” said Suh, who finished with four birdies after he previously helped La Cañada win the Glendora and Oak Park invitationals. “It’s definitely a great team that we have, but we know we have to keep working on things.

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“I was able to keep most of my shots in the fairways to put me in position to attack the pins. I used a lot of irons and wedges and didn’t make many mistakes. You have to take advantage of your shots. That’s golf.”

Following Mira Costa’s second-place finish of 304, La Cañada’s second team registered a third-place finish of 306 to further highlight the Spartans’ depth.

“It’s always something that’s good to have,” La Cañada first-year Coach Rich Wheeler said. “They are also going out there and putting in the work and you can see it by the way they are performing.

“To get first and third is something and we’ll take it.”

The Spartans’ first team received a 70 from Collin Morikawa, the reigning All-Area Boys’ Golfer of the Year, a 75 from Adam Horne and a 76 from Robby Stehlin to win the tournament for the second season in a row. Morikawa took third in the ‘A’ Flight. Eduardo Torres carded a 75 to spark La Cañada’s second team.

Burroughs’ top team finished sixth with a 315 to provide the Indians, who co-hosted the tournament with Burbank, a confidence boost.

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