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Mission Viejo posts low score of the season in beating Trabuco Hills
MISSION VIEJO – The Mission Viejo boys golf team is living by a twitter hashtag this, and so the Diablos never forget it, all they have to do is look at what is printed on the T-shirts Coach Jon Wiemann had made up for them.
Fairway in regulation. Green in Regulation. Putt in regulation. Or #firgirpir.
“That is our motto. That is our hashtag. That is everything we do,” Wiemann said. “If you do all that, you are pretty good.”
Much like the Diablos were on Tuesday at Mission Viejo Country Club. Four of Mission Viejo’s five scoring players posted a score in the 30s and the Diablos posted their lowest score of the season in beating Sea View League rival Trabuco Hills, 187-207.
Freshman Jonathan Ku led the Diablos (9-4, 4-1), carding a 1-under-par 35 on the country clubs’ recently punched greens. Jake Paine posted a 37 for the Mustangs (8-3, 3-2). It was the first time Ku has medaled this season with a sub-par round.
“The greens were fine, though. I liked them punched,” said Chase Bosanko after posted an even-par 36 for Mission Viejo, equaling his best performance at Mission Viejo CC. “Everything played really straight. Everything inside 5 feet I was making. I just rammed it into the back of the cup.”
But the Diablos, Greg Murphy said, could have done better.
“We probably would have shot a 185 if the greens wouldn’t have been punched,” he said after finishing with a 38, just like his teammate Jake Newman. “And if Jake would have made a couple more putts he would have done much better. Our whole team could have done a stroke better if it wasn’t for the greens.”
It was the Diablos’ second round in the 180s and the fourth under 200, lowering their scoring average to 204.4, which is rather impressive considering their home course – Mission Viejo CC – is among the most difficult used in high school golf.
“We are really getting to know the course,” Bosanko said. “And we are getting better as a team. We are practicing all of the time, and it is helping.”
When the Diablos aren’t playing in a match, Murphy said they practice for at least two hours at the country club.
“We have specific drills that are hard to do. We are focused and not messing around. We are trying to get better, so we aren’t talking to each other,” Murphy said. “That is the main reason why we are getting so much better.”
But the Diablos’ hard labor isn’t just limited to the range. To get all that practice time at Mission Viejo CC, they come to the course on Mondays when it closed and scrub all of the tee box markers by hand.
“We made them look real nice,” Wiemann said. “They have been really accommodating and gone over backwards for us.”