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Golf Preview: Boys' golf teams trying to look forward

With their share of success last season, Providence, Burbank and Burroughs will try and build upon that this year.

March 07, 2014|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
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It might be difficult for the three local boys' golf teams to look forward this season without thinking a little about the past.

That's because all three squads, Providence High, Burbank and Burroughs, all enjoyed their share of success during the 2013 season.

Leading the way were the Pioneers, who, despite having a program for just three seasons, captured a share of the Liberty League championship. It was the program's first title.

The Bulldogs competed well in the Pacific League, finishing second, while the Indians placed third in the final league standings.

Although the squads, which use De Bell Golf Club as their home course, did lose some players to graduation and transfer, all three coaches say they have there share of talent this season.

Here is a closer look at the teams.

PROVIDENCE

The Pioneers might have surprised a few teams in the Liberty League last season, as they ended as tri-league champions with New Community Jewish and Pacifica Christian.

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"Last year, only having a program for three years and to finish up there with those teams was nice," Providence Coach Carl Light said. "It's really going to be hard to tell how we are going to stack up against the other league teams until we actually start playing them. Usually the top teams in league generally have one or two fairly good players. …We are just hoping that we will have five players who will be kind of the middle of the road and our add-up will hopefully counter their good players."

The Pioneers will field a team of nine players. Among the team's top players are seniors Armaan Marza, Matthew Chung and Glenn Palimides, junior Tyler Lorita and sophomores Eddie Hwang, Joseph Brion and Andre Ortiz.

"It is a very good group and they are out there trying hard," Light said. "The only bad thing about it is that once the season is over and we finish in May, they really don't pick up a club until really the first day of practice. I ask them if they play and they tell maybe they played one time or something. They have the capabilities, they just don't play."

The other teams the Pioneers will be competing against in the Liberty League are Yeshiva, Trinity Classical Academy and Santa Clarita Christian.

BURROUGHS

The Indians did lose their team captain from last season, but the team has benefited by an influx of a few quality freshmen who could bolster the team.

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