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2008 Girls’ Golf Season Preview:

Tubert leads area’s golfers

Burroughs junior hoping to make historic run to state competition. Burbank will field an inexperienced squad this season.

August 27, 2008|By Jeff Tully

BURBANK — History was made last season with the girls’ golf programs at Burroughs and Burbank highs.

The Bulldogs were able to do something no other team has done in the school’s history by qualifying for the CIF Southern Section team tournament.

For the Indians, standout Emily Tubert became the first female player in school history to play in the CIF-Women’s Southern California Golf Assn. Championship.

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Fortunately for Burroughs, Tubert returns for her junior season. Indians Coach Mike Krose said he expects Tubert to qualify for the WSCGA-CIF Women’s State Championship.

Unfortunately for Burbank, four of the players from last season’s postseason squad have graduated, leaving an inexperienced team.

With nonleague matches set to begin next week, here is a look at how the programs are shaping up.

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Krose, who stepped down from his head coaching position with the Indians boys’ team, was going to do the same this season with the girls. However, he has stuck around this season, partly to witness Tubert’s possible run to state competition.

“This is going to be my last season for sure,” Krose said. “Whatever happens this season, I’m hanging it up after this one.”

Krose said Tubert should pick up right where she left off a year ago.

“Emily has been playing a lot of golf during the summer, traveling around for some prestigious tournaments,” he said. “She even played in a qualifying tournament for the U.S. Open.

“I expect her to be right up there in league with [Crescenta Valley’s] Katie Park, and I think she can advance [in individual competition].”

Last season, Tubert turned in a fine postseason. On the SCGA course in Murrieta, she shot a five-over-par 77, missing the cut of 74 and a chance to qualify for state play. She finished in a 12-way tie for 20th place out of a field of 124.

Tubert is ranked No. 43 in the nation and No. 5 in the state among her graduating class of 2010.

Along with Tubert, the Indians will return a group of players: seniors Madeline Gharabagh and Angela Milosevic and juniors Natasia Wells and Elizabeth Ramos.

Joining the program this season is freshen Ravipa Losakul, who Krose has high praise for.

“She almost plays as much golf as Emily does,” Krose said. “She has the potential to make it to CIF.”

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