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Servite Golf Wins 2017 CIF Western Division Team Title
Posted 05/16/2017 07:31AM

By Damian Dottore
For OCRegister.com

ONTARIO >> Balls were flying all over the place as Jack Rahon warmed up on the driving range with his teammates on the Servite boys golf team.

One of his teammates, Kyle Kinnane, offered some advice, telling Rahon that if he stopped dipping his shoulder so much he wouldn't hit it so fat.

Rahon listened, but he knew what was happening then wasn't a sign of what was to come during his round at Whispering Lakes Golf Course.

"On the range I am not-so-great," Rahon said, "but I feel like I am a really good player on the course."

On Monday, no one was better than Rahon at the CIF-SS Western Team Divisional championship. Rahon holed five birdies on a cold, windy and rainy morning, earning medalist honors with a 3-under-par 68 to help the Friars shoot a 360 and win their sixth CIF-SS championship and their second in three seasons.

Rahon was one of only two players in the field to break 70.

Anaheim Discovery Christian, which is in its first varsity season, finished second with a 367. The top two teams also made the cut for the SCGA team qualifier on Thursday in Santa Barbara.

"It feels amazing," Rahon said. "All of the hard work that we have put in this past year has all paid off.

"I played pretty solid today and made a lot of putts and got up and down when I needed to."

The Magi and Friars were the only teams in the tournament that did not have a player post a score in the 80s. The sixth players in both teams' lineups finished in the 70s.

Three Friars posted a score of even-par or better, as Kinnane added a 1-under-par 70 while Brendan Gonzalez came in with a 71. Cameron Xiao and Alex Hanz, both freshmen, carded a 75 and 76 to complete the scoring for Servite.

"It is hard to get all the guys playing well on one day, and the conditions weren't good today," Servite coach Dane Jako said. "You just never know. I am really proud of them.

"We set this goal early, and we felt that this could be the year, but we had some really good competition today with five or six schools that could have won it."

Not until the last score for Anaheim Discovery Christian was on the leaderboard was it clear that the Friars would finish first.

Wooyoung Choi and Puwit Anupansuebasi each fired an even-par 71 to lead Discovery Christian.

"This is huge for us. We are excited to come together and compete," Anaheim Discovery Christian coach Jay Abiera said. "We have the talent and encourage them to do their very best and honor God with their gifts and their talents. The results take care of themselves."


At Whispering Lakes Golf Course, par-71

1. Servite 360, 2. Anaheim Discovery Christian 367, 3. Mater Dei 377, 4. Santa Margarita 381, 5. Walnut 385, 6. JSerra 396, 7. Linfield Christian 405, 7. Orange Lutheran 409, 8. Riverside Poly 415, 9. Ontario Christian 428, 10. Yucaipa 438, 11. San Dimas 439, 12. Rowland 443, 13. Alta Loma 446, 14. Beaumont 463, 15. Paloma Valley 451 16. Big Bear 528.

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