Group on to finals

GIRLS’ GOLF: Burroughs' Tubert leads after prelims and will be among seven locals competing in Tuesday’s match.

October 27, 2009|By Jeff Tully

BURBANK — Burroughs High girls’ golfer Emily Tubert has gotten the lion’s share of publicity pertaining to the Indians’ team the last two seasons.

And rightly so. The senior is the reigning Pacific League champion, was a Junior All-American and All-Area Player of the Year in 2008 and has qualified for the CIF Southern Section postseason the last three seasons.

But quietly over two seasons, sophomore teammate Ravipa Losakul has become a successful golfer in her own right.

Tubert and Losakul finished 1-2, respectively, Wednesday in the Pacific League preliminaries at Hansen Dam Golf Course.

Tubert, who is headed to the University of Arkansas, bested the field Wednesday, firing a one-under-par 74. Losakul sits in second with a 78.


“Emily and Ravipa push each other to play better, which is good,” Burroughs Coach Greg Everhart said. “Ravipa is not too far behind Emily. In fact, she even beat Emily in a match this season.

“With Emily moving on after this season, Ravipa is going to be the future of this program. I think she is going to fill the shoes nicely.”

The two will join 17 other athletes — four from Burroughs and three from Burbank — in the league finals Tuesday at Harding Golf Course.

If all goes well for Tubert, she should qualify for her fourth straight CIF postseason competition. She is also hoping to advance to state competition, something that has eluded her the past three years.

In the prelims, Tubert said she was fairly happy with her performance.

“I was four under through 14, but I had a lot of putts,” she said. “I think I had something like 35 putts on the day. I also had probably four or five birdies.”

Tubert said she will be ready for Tuesday’s final.

“I like that course, and I’ve played there a lot,” She said. “It’s a good course.”

In the team standings, Arcadia won the league championship. The Indians placed second and the Bulldogs were third. The three teams qualified to play Nov. 5 in the Central Team Divisionals at the Jurupa Hills Country Club in Riverside County.

“The girls are excited about being in the playoffs as a team,” Burbank Coach Branco Sevic said. “We made it two years ago and the girls really want to get the experience of the playoffs.”

Burbank’s top qualifier is Tess Apinchapong, who shot an 85. She is followed by Burroughs’ Jasmine Daniel (eighth; 90), teammate Jena Rae Serranzana (10th; 92) and Bulldogs Bonnie Choi (14th; 94) and Haley Pirruccello (18th; 96).

The scores from the prelims will be added to Tuesday’s final round.

Last season, Tubert won the championship over Katie Park of Crescenta Valley by 12 strokes.

Park wasn’t able to take part in the prelims because of a death in the family. However, the league’s coaches have agreed to let her participate in the finals.

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