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No. 1 Santa Margarita wins showdown with No. 3 Servite
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA - The Servite boys golf team has lost more matches in the past six days than it did in the past two years combined. And to add to its troubles, a new team has taken control of the Trinity League.
Beau Hossler holed three birdies Tuesday at Dove Canyon Country Club, finishing with a 2-under 34 on the front nine as No. 1 Santa Margarita remained undefeated with a 191-196 victory against the defending CIF-SS champion Friars (7-2, 0-1).
"They (Servite) are a solid team and we needed to be solid as a team, but we really didn't get it done," Hossler said. "I guess they just played worse."
No doubt, this was a big victory for the Eagles (7-0, 1-0), but Hossler said the team has a long way to go to reach its potential. Players that routinely shoot in the upper 30s, he said, are now struggling to break 40.
On Monday, the Eagles gave a glimpse of what they can do, finishing 1-under as a team in a victory against Palm Desert at Desert Willow.
"We are really close though. We just have to some guys to be more consistent," Hossler said. "I think we got lucky that Servite wasn't playing its best."
Patrick Cantlay hit only four greens in regulation during his round and ended up posting a 1-over 36 for the No. 3 Friars. He did eagle his first hole, a 481-yard par-5. But he bogeyed the 355-yard, par-4 No. 6 after landing his drive in the dirt next to the cart path. Cantlay's approach flew the green and ended up in the rough, and he three-putted to take a 5, bringing him back to even par.
Cantlay lost another stroke on the par-4 No. 8 after his approach ended up in a bunker.
"It is a little bit disappointing, but we will bounce back," Cantlay said. "We need to improve everywhere."
Preston Valder was hitting the ball well for the Friars, hitting seven fairways during his round. However, he had 18 putts.
"That's not good," he said. "And then I had my worst swing of the day ... on the last hole."
His second shot on the par-5, 524-yard No. 9 came to a stop in the weeds on the side of a steep hill. Valder still tried to reach the green in three, but he came up short and landed in the rough. He two-putted for a bogey and finished with a 2-over 38.
"Like Pat said, we will bounce back," Valder said. "None of us enjoy losing."