Golf: Diamond Bar wins Western Division with superior play [Updated]
Diamond Bar's golf team showed off its superior depth in winning the CIF-SS Ford Western Division championship on Monday at Sierra La Verne Country Club.
All six players shot 78 or better, led by Jefferson Kao, who had a 69. Jason Chen (71), Dean Sakata (72), Brian Fong (75), Sahith Theegala (77) and Chris Niithaworn (78) combined for a score of 364. Also qualifying for Thursday's Southern Section team championships were Orange Lutheran at 379 and Mater Dei at 381. Orange Lutheran's Blake Barens shot 69.
In the Central Division final at Lakewood Golf Course, Loyola (see above photo) won with a score of 378. Mira Costa was second and Harvard-Westlake third. Blake Meek shot a 73 to lead Loyola.
In the Southern finals at Tijeras Creek Golf Club, Sunny Hills (368), Damien (374) and Newport Harbor (382) advanced. Brad Tapfer of Newport Harbor shot 69.
In the South Coast Division at Talega Golf Course, Corona del Mar (380), St. Margaret's (381) and Tesoro (383) advanced.
In the Central Coast Division at Cypress Ridge Golf Course, Arroyo Grande (390) edged Rio Mesa (391), with Ventura (393) in third place. Mitch Martin of Arroyo Grande shot 69.
In the Northern Division at Souel Park, Westlake won with a score of 360. Next came Oaks Christian at 375 and Arcadia at 376. Sean Crocker of Westlake shot a 67.
-- Eric Sondheimer
Loyola's championship golf team. Photo credit: Loyola.