“We can really see each year the amount of participants we get increase every year,” said DeBell's Head Golf Professional Joaquin Herbozo. “Each year it gets better and better.”
Scott Scazzollo, DeBell's director of operations, started the Burbank City Amateur in 2003 so Burbank could have its own city tournament like Pasadena and Los Angeles.
“A lot of the locals here used to go out and play at other events and now they have their own championship they can play for, so it's big for the community,” Herbozo said. “This tournament is great just due to the fact because we get a lot of outside residents playing in it, which tends to bring them back throughout the year.”
While the Burbank City Amateur set participation records, it doesn't figure to have a new scoring record as Jon Levitt — a South Pasadena native and Covina resident — did so last year with a 14-under-par 199 and returned to defend his crown this year.
“I haven't played like I did last year for sure, but the course was playing tough it was rainy and wet today,” said Levitt, who looked to defend his title with a two-under 69 Saturday to go with a 72 from Friday. “I shot 69 today and didn't really play that well. I played better yesterday and shot 72, I just had one bad hole yesterday.”
The rainy, wet conditions spelled misfortune for nearly everyone but Greg Forrester, who lives in Scotland but was in Burbank on vacation and decided to play. The 17-year old was disappointed with his five-over 76 from Friday, but he cut six strokes off that Saturday when he carded a 68 to put himself in the mix.