LJHS boys’ varsity golf wins big
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From left, Ben Doyle, Keller Mattoon, Ben Leibowitz, Sachin Metha, coach Bob Townsend, Will Strauss, Perry Cohen and Eric Tarakjian.
From left, Ben Doyle, Keller Mattoon, Ben Leibowitz, Sachin Metha, coach Bob Townsend, Will Strauss, Perry Cohen and Eric Tarakjian.
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La Jolla High School’s boys’ golf varsity team is living up to its expectations this year. In the last three or four years, the team experienced an influx of new, talented freshmen. Much was expected from this group of junior golfers, and this year they delivered.

The Vikings remained undefeated throughout the season when they matched up at Torrey Pines Golf Course against rival Cathedral Catholic High School on April 22. The pivotal match would decide which of the strong teams would win League 2013.

Cathedral was two strokes in the lead with the last group of players to come in. Vikings Perry Cohen and Ben Leibowitz both delivered an even par score, three strokes better than their opponents, sealing the win by one stroke. Ben Doyle scored 35/-1, the lowest score for the team, while the final team score was an outstanding +4.

Following the win over Cathedral Catholic, the team finished the season with another win over St. Augustine on April 24, where senior Will Strauss posted a score of 31/-5 in the nine-hole tournament. Strauss went on to represent La Jolla High in the City Conference Match Play Competition from May 6-10 at Torrey Pines to defend the trophy won in 2012 by sophomore Cohen.

May 1 the Vikings continued their quest by placing first in the San Diego City Conference Tournament, in which 16 high schools and 100 golfers participated. Then, on May 2 the Vikings played on for their individual ranking. Strauss placed second, while Cohen placed third and Doyle placed fourth. All three players earned First Team All League honors, while Ben Leibowitz, Eric Tarakjian and Keller Mattoon earned Second Team All League honors.

The team is looking forward to continuing its winning streak at the CIF Championships on May 20-22, and CIF Regionals in Los Angeles on May 30.

— Staff and contribution

Sports briefs

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club will host the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships May 13-19. Events will include singles and doubles in the 50 and over, 60 and over, 70 and over, 80 and over, and 90 and over age groups. The women’s events are national championships and attract the best players from all over the country in each age group.

The Spring Senior Championships for men will also take place that week, with singles and doubles for 60 and over, 65 and over, 70 and over, 75 and over, 80 and over, and 85 and over age groups.

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis enthusiasts to view the tournament with free admission. Draws will be posted at the Beach Club and will be available via LJBTC.com. Matches will start at 8 a.m. on Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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