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DAMIAN DOTTORE, OCVARSITY.COM
Servite's Preston Valder hits out of a fairway bunker on the 18th hole at Tijeras Creek. He was one of three Friars to shoot a 1-over 73 as Servite won the CIF-SS South Regional for the third consecutive season.

Servite, Villa Park win their CIF golf regionals

Six county teams advance to next week's Southern Section championships.

OCVARSITY.COM

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA - A total of six teams advanced to the CIF-Southern Section championships from the two regional tournaments held here and in San Clemente on Monday. And all of them were from Orange County.

Servite began the defense of its section title, topping the 19-team Southern Regional field at Tijeras Creek Golf Club for the third consecutive season.

The Friars finished 1-over par as a team, carding a 361 to win the event by six strokes. Trinity League rivals Mater Dei and Santa Margarita placed second and third after posting a 366 and 376 respectively.

At the South Coast Regional, Villa Park came in 1-under as a team, shooting a 359 at Talega Golf Club in San Clemente to finish first ahead of Corona del Mar (371) and Brea Olinda 374. All six teams will play for the Southern Section championship on Thursday at Redhawk Golf Club in Temecula.

Servite's 361 is two shot off of what the Friars posted one year ago when they set a scoring record for the regional at Tijeras Creek with a 359. During that record-setting round in 2009, Patrick Cantlay also carded the best individual score in that event, leading the Friars with an 8-under 64.

On Monday, Cantlay finished with a 5-under 67, not quite good enough to make history, but it still topped the field at Tijeras Creek as only four of the 114 players who teed off at there came in under par.  Mater Dei's Brian Campbell started his second nine on Monday eagle-birdie to card a 4-under 68. Santa Margarita freshman Beau Hossler was next at 69 followed by Jake Hutton of Long Beach Wilson. He shot a 1-under 71.

The Friars and the Monarchs were the only two teams at Tijeras Creek that had all six of their players break 80.

Still, Servite coach Dane Jako didn't seem all that impressed. This team, he said, had the potential to shoot a 356 or 357.

"That was the goal. Everyone is capable of doing better. They are happy that they won and advanced, but we were shooting to better the score of last year," he said. "We left some strokes out there."

But three of the six Friars on the course were making their first appearance at the regionals - Tyler Little, Court Lewis and Tyler Smith, who had a triple bogey and a double bogey on his card yet still posted a 1-over 73.

"He could have easily shot under par," Jako said. "Yeah, I am pleased. I am not upset that we shot 1-over. But this team could have went three, four or five under."

For Mater Dei, second place kind of felt like a victory. In the two previous seasons, the Monarchs have been the team on the bubble, finishing third when two teams advanced and fourth when three teams moved on. Last year, they missed making theCIF Championship tournament by one stroke.

"This is huge for us. It is a real challenge to get out of this division with the teams that are here," Mater Dei coach Ollie Martin said. "Now, we have broken through. That was a great score."

The 366 that the Monarchs finsihed with on Monday bettered last season's peformance at Tijeras Creek by 13 strokes.

"Some of it is experience. But I've got to give it to the players for working with their pros in the off season and playing in a lot of tournaments," Martin said.

This is the second year in a row that the Spartans have topped their regional. Kethan Reddy led Villa Park on Monday with a 3-under 69. Ryan Tetrault, who won the Century League tournament last week, carded a 2-over 74, but he did hole his first ace of the season, using a punch 7-iron on the 167-yard, par-3 No. 17 atTalega. Just like the Friars and Monarchs, the Spartans had all six of their players come in under 80.

But Reddy wasn't the only one to break 70 on Monday at Talega, Corona del Mar's Mike Moorhead also had a round in the 60s, shooting a 4-under 68.

"This is one of the better rounds that we have played this year from top to bottom," Villa Park coach Chris Salio said. "This was the most consistent performance that we have had. We played a few practice rounds (at Talega) and they were comfortable with the course. Five of them played out here in the regional last year. The comfort level was there for us today."

RESULTS

At Tijeras Creek, Par 72, Rancho Santa Margarita

1. Servite 361 (Patrick Cantlay 67); 2. Mater Dei 366 (Brian Campbell 68); 3. Santa Margarita (Beau Hossler 69)

Others: 10. Cypress 423 (Brenton Hirao 79); 11. Kennedy 425 (Austin Amaya 79); 12. Valencia 427 (Kyle Vanderheide 84); 13. Laguna Beach 430 (Mike Hay 82); 18. Estancia 457 (Jake Knapp 76); 19. Garden Grove 514 (Gary Park 92)

At Talega Golf Club, Par 72, San Clemente

1. Villa Park (Kethan Reddy 69); 2. Corona del Mar 371 (Michael Moorhead 68); 3. Brea Olinda 374 (Corey Pencheng 71).

Others: 4. Tesoro 380, 5. Huntington Beach 381, 6. Foothill 382, 7. Mission Viejo 387, 8. El Dorado 389, 9t. Dana Hills 393, 9t. Beckman 393, 11. El Toro 407, 12. San Juan Hills 413, 13. St. Margaret's 433, 14. Whittier Christian 449.


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