STREAK CONTINUES: Boys golf takes Freeway League title for 19th straight season

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Junior Dino Torres swings his golf club at the La Mirada Golf Course before the boys golf team’s last Freeway League match against the Sonora Raiders April 27. The Lancers won 182-272, finishing Freeway League play undefeated and becoming league champions for a 19th consecutive season.

Almost two decades of Freeway League dominance.

To finish off league play with an unblemished record this season.

And to end the whole season with only one loss against Walnut High School in a non-league match on Tuesday March 2. 

Those are among the accomplishments the boys golf team celebrated last week after putting away its final opponent of the regular season, the Sonora Raiders, with a 182-272 score at the La Mirada Golf Course match.

“It’s a great accomplishment going undefeated in league,” boys golf head coach Scott Enrico said. “I felt good about today’s match because I knew our kids would come out strong and do their thing out here.”

Despite the Lancers (17-1 overall, 10-0 in the Freeway League) already clinching the Freeway League title heading into the Thursday, April 27, matchup, many of the players agreed with Enrico that they wanted to come away with a victory against the Raiders.

“I feel great about the title today to stay undefeated,” said newcomer, freshman Noah Hitomi, who according to the scorecard ended the afternoon with a 38, three strokes over par and fifth best on the team. “If we lost one single match, we would have lost the streak so that made it extremely suspenseful and made me focus at 100%.”

Hitomi came to the Sunny Hills’ boys golf team for this very reason – to join a program with a tradition of excellence.

“I had no idea the season would turn out like this,” he said. “I thought I wouldn’t even make varsity, but doing that and going undefeated in league and being one of the champions is such a great feeling.” 

Junior Dino Torres had the best score of the nearly three-hour match with a 34, two strokes under the par score of 36 in a nine-hole game.

“Overall I would describe this season as a total success,” Torres said. “I think the effort that was put forth by everyone on the team and the camaraderie is what allowed us to have a very successful season.” 

Even though the Lancers have notched another undefeated Freeway League season for the fifth time – and 19th consecutive title –  under Enrico, the coach said he hopes his players will keep the momentum going during league finals and CIF playoffs.

On Tuesday, May  2, five of the six Lancer golfers who competed at Los Serranos Country Club qualified for CIF individuals, which will be played at Bear Creek Golf Club on Monday, May 8, the coach said. And on the next day, May 3, freshman Jonathan Jeon was announced as the league finals MVP. 

“The big goal is to win CIF-SS in the Division 1 team competition at Cross Creek in a couple weeks,” Enrico said.