Los Angeles Preps: Jonathan Sanders

  1. Jonathan Sanders from New Jewish Community in West Hills finished in a tie for eighth place at the CIF boys golf state championship at Poppy Hill Golf Club in Pebble Beach. He was 1-over par 73. Johnny Ruiz from Camarillo shot 9-over par 81 and finished tied for 36th place out of 48 golfers who qualified for the state final. Sanders was 2-under par after 11 holes, but ran into trouble on the 12th hole, a 509-yard, par-5. He recorded a double bogey after hitting his tee shot out of bounds. He followed with bogeys on the 13th and 17th holes before recording a birdie on the 18th. Ruiz, who lost in a playoff in the CIF Southern California Golf Association regional at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena a week earlier, had a rought start on the back nine at Poppy Hills. He had a triple bogey on the 12th and was 7-over par from the ninth to the 13th holes. Alexander Schauffele from Scripps Ranch won the CIF state golf championship over Nicolo Galleti of Foothill in a playoff. Both were tied with 3-under par 69s after 18 holes. Schauffele won the tournament on the third playoff hole.
  2. David Hubinger from St. Francis High School in La Canada Flintridge earned the most valuable player award in the fifth annual City vs. Southern Section All-Star Baseball Game. The Southern Section won the game, 15-3, at Birmingham High School. Hubinger, a catcher who’s headed to Pepperdine, was 2-for-3 with a double and drove in three runs. The Southern Section all stars won for the first time since 2008. The City Section leads the series, 3-2.
  3. The San Fernando Valley boys and girls basketball all star teams won the War on the Floor Future Stars games against Ventura County all star teams at Moorpark High School. The San Fernando Valley boys won, 102-96, as 10 players scored in double figures. Terrell Funchess from Chatsworth led the San Fernando all stars with 18 points. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame’s Jonathan Bell had 14 and Cleveland of Reseda’s JR Williams had 12. Oxnard’s Matt Ramon, playing for the Ventura County all stars, led all scorers with 21 points and had 10 rebounds. The San Fernando girls won, 86-53, over the Ventura County all stars. Jasmine Smith and Rishonda Napier from Bellarmine-Jefferson in Burbank led the San Fernando Valley all stars. They combined for 29 points. Napier had 16 points and Smith poured in 13 and had eight rebounds. Brianna Barrett of Oaks Christian led the Ventura County all stars with 17 points.
  4. Cami Chapus from Harvard-Westlake won the adidas Grand Prix High School Girls’ Dream Mile at Randall’s Island, N.Y. She set the fastest time in the nation in the mile this year and set a personal-best in 4 minutes, 42.71 seconds. Chapus finished ahead of Elanor Fulton of Highlands Ranch in Colorado and Alli Billmeyer of Torrey Pines in San Diego. Loyola’s Elias Gedyon was third in the adidas Grand Prix boys race in New York.
  5. Agoura’s Jonathan Cabral missed setting the state record in the 110 hurdles by 0.02 seconds, but won the race in the Golden West Invitational at Folsom High School. He won the race in a wind-legal time of 13.41 seconds, the second-fastest time in state history. Kevin Craddock of James Logan High School in Union City set the state mark in 13.39 seconds in 2004. Cabral matched the time set by Steve Kerho of Mission Viejo in 1982. Cabral also won the 300 hurdles in 35.76 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in state history.

Kethan Reddy of Villa Park wins CIF-SS golf title

May, 23, 2011

INDUSTRY—Kethan Reddy of Villa Park High School will look back at hole No. 11 and remember that’s where he clinched the Southern Section individual boys’ golf title.

Other competitors will recall the dogleg par five and think of the one that got away.

Reddy defeated Glen Lee of Valencia in a playoff Monday afternoon to win the section title at Industry Hills Golf Club, making par on No. 11 after long putts by Lee twice failed to stick on the upper tier of the green and made the slow roll back downhill.

Reddy and Lee were forced into a playoff after finishing with one-under par 70s on the hilly, tree-lined Zaharias Course, which yielded few birdie opportunities.

“I knew it was a tough day,” said Reddy, a junior who won his first AJGA event last month at Oak Valley in Beaumont. “I thought I had a chance at the top five or so, but I wasn’t really expecting to win. It’s a pleasure.”

Lee, a freshman, started his round on No. 12 and was four-under with four holes remaining, but bogeyed No. 8 and 9, birdied No. 10 and then finished with a double bogey on No. 11.

“I was hitting it really good, sticking it close to get birdies,” Lee said. “I feel like I choked.”

Reddy, meanwhile, began on No. 18, birdied No 2, double bogeyed No. 3 and then finished with a kick, scoring birdies on No. 15 and 16 before closing his round with a par.

“It was one of those days where you hit decent shots that turn out well,” Reddy said.

To settle the tie and determine an outright champion, Reddy and Lee were directed to hole No. 10 for a playoff. After each bogeyed the hole, they headed to No. 11.

Their first two shots landed in the same vicinity, but Lee’s approach from about 80 yards didn’t reach the upper tier of the green and rolled back down. Three putts later, he finally reached the upper level, but by then Reddy just needed to three-put from about 10 feet to win.

The 11thhole also proved to be the undoing for one of the pre-tournament favorites, Rico Hoey of Rancho Cucamonga, who shot a 67 last week to win the Central regional at Desert Willow in Palm Desert. Hoey arrived at No. 11 at one-under but scored a triple bogey and was not able to get back into contention, finishing with a 75.

“Everything just started going downhill,” he said. “It’s just golf, it’s frustrating.”

Another favorite, Jonathan Sanders of New Community Jewish in West Hills, double-bogeyed No. 11, rallied to birdie three of the final seven holes but finished two shots back of Reddy and Lee with a 72.

“I realized I needed a few birdies coming in,” he said.

Another player whose title hopes were done in by the back nine was Ryan Smith of Colton, who was three-under with eight holes remaining, but bogeyed 14, 15, 17 and 18 and finished with a 73.

“I fell apart at the end there but that’s the way it goes,” Smith said. “I missed a few short putts but I’m proud of myself.”

Reddy’s teammate at Villa Park, Ryan Tetrault, was one of two players to shoot 71. The other was John Lee of Los Alamitos.

The top 28 finishers advanced to the SCGA tournament May 31 at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena. The SCGA event also also serves as the qualifying event for the state championships. Check here for all the results from Industry Hills.