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IVJGA holds winter tourney

December 28, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

BRAWLEY — If anything could be taken away from Thursday's Imperial Valley Junior Golf Association winter tournament at the Del Rio golf course here, it would be the Southwest High boys golf team is in a prime position to repeat as Imperial Valley League champion.

In the high school division of the tournament, Southwest golfers took the top four spots, beating golfers from Brawley Union and Central Union high schools.

The team may not have a coach right now, but if Thursday's performance is any indication of what lies in the future, a coach may not be needed.

Leading the pack of Eagles were two returners from last year's championship team and two freshmen who will add depth and could contribute to the squad's success immediately.


Heading everyone Thursday was 17-year-old Southwest junior Ty Yturralde, who finished with a 74, followed by Southwest teammate Trevor Tagg with an 80.

"Looking at how well we did today, I'd say that we're going to have a real solid team," said Yturralde. "We won last year and I think we're going to be No. 1 again this year.

"We have some good players returning and we're going to have like three new freshmen that are going to give us even more depth," said Yturralde. "We're definitely going to be the team to beat, and I plan to win league this year and next."

Rounding out the top four were Southwest freshmen Billy Skinner with an 83 and Tyler Douthitt with an 85.

"I think we'll do pretty good this year. I just started playing steady golf in the summer and I'm just looking to make varsity and put up some good scores," said the 14-year-old Skinner.

While much of the talk was about Southwest's domination, a few players were more concerned about how they played Thursday.

"I thought I was just playing bad today. None of my putts dropped for me," said Douthitt, 15. "I really wasn't comfortable with my swing coming into this and I really didn't expect to win it. I mean, really, I was surprised that people didn't shoot lower than what they did."

In other IVJGA action, Cristhian Marquez won the elementary division with a 43, followed by Rafita Quiroz with a 46 and Marques Rodriguez with a 55. Ivan Morales won the junior high division with a 100, followed by Blake Schmitt and Daniel Cornejo with 104s.

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