As the summer draws to a close, it means it's time for the players of the Burroughs High and Burbank girls' golf teams to take to the course and represent their schools for another season.
Last season, both Burbank and Burroughs featured squads that had to replace departed talent at the top, and both schools finished outside the top three in the Pacific League and missed the postseason.
This year, both squads will look for improvement with more experienced groups. Burbank will have a strong returning player to build around, while Burroughs will feature a potent mix of new and returning talent, as both try to catch last year's co-champions, Arcadia and Crescenta Valley, as well as third-place La Cañada.
Burbank Coach Branko Sevic thinks catching up with the Pacific League elites is not out of the realm of possibility as long as his Bulldogs "keep improving."
Bulldogs' Irene Maemura finished ninth in league her freshman campaign and improved to second last year. For the junior to continue improving and maybe even win her first league individual title, she'll have to overcome a two-time defending title holder in Crescenta Valley senior Jocelyn Chia, the reigning All-Area Girls' Golfer of the Year who edged Maemura by six strokes to win last season.