A star is on the rise in the Junior Golf ranks and his name is Henry Mariscal. The soon-to-be 15-year-old from the Via Bluffs birdied the 18th hole to force a playoff, then sank a birdie putt to win the Boys 12-14 Division of the CJG Open May 30-31 at Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks.
Mariscal, a former Pacific Palisades Baseball Association All-Star, shot +7 for a two-day total of 149 to edge Fountain Valley’s Baron Nguyen. The field of 30 players included three other Palisadians: Liam Green (who tied for third at +9); Alec Lam, who tied for eighth at +14; and Peter Jen, who tied for 22nd at +14.
Mariscal birdied the 1st, 7th and 12th holes on Day 1 and the 1st, 10th and 18th holes on Day 2.
Mariscal was disappointed not to play his last golf season at St. Matthew’s in the spring but looks forward to attending Studio City Harvard-Westlake High in the fall, where he will play varsity golf.
During the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mariscal practiced hitting into a net every day in his backyard. He will be playing in many tournaments this summer.
As a sixth-grader in 2018, Mariscal was fifth in the Pacific Basin League Championships and he was third as a seventh-grader last year behind Green and fellow Palisadian Truman Pauley, also of Windward. Mariscal also played on the Falcons’ basketball team that won the PBL’s ‘A’ Division title in February 2019.
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