There was high drama on the links Saturday at The Lakes Golf Course in El Segundo, site of the Pacific Basin League Middle School Co-Ed Championships.
Five players tied for first place with scores of 1-over par 30, but in a card-off, seventh-grader Liam Green won the individual crown and led Windward School to the team title by five strokes over St. Matthew’s. Eighth-grader and fellow Palisadian Truman Pauley shot a 38 to contribute to the Wildcats’ triumph. Teammate Adin Rush, who equaled Green’s 30, finished fourth overall.
St. Matthew’s seventh grader Henry Mariscal also shot a 30 and wound up third after placing fifth individually as a sixth-grader.
Contributing to the Falcons’ runner-up finish were T.J. Hastings (35), Ben Zytko (36), Jack Sullivan (39), Matthew Kadenacy (41), Sam Stern (42), Andrew Douthitt (44,) Braylon Perez (49) and Summer Havens (51).
The Falcons went 7-2 in match play. Mariscal broke the squad’s single-round record of 28 (set by Will Weinbach in 2014) when he fired a 26 at Rancho Park on March 27 and at the V.A. Heroes Course on April 15. He twice shot rounds of 27 this spring and broke the school’s season scoring record of 32.2 (set by Weinbach in 2015) by averaging 28.8 strokes.
Also playing for Coach Andy Bernstein’s team were Evan Stokdyk and Cassian Carmichael.