LONG BEACH – The Anaheim Discovery Christian team is filled with so much talent that Coach Bobby Yamchuti said it felt kind of like cheating to send Sam Choi and Puwit Anupansuebsai to the CIF-SS Southern Individual Regional.
“They are almost like professionals,” Yamchuti said, “so we shouldn’t be here.”
Sounds a bit cocky coming from team that is in its first year of competing at the varsity level. But if the numbers are there to back up the big talk, can it really be considered arrogant?
Choi posted a 4-under-par 68 at Skylinks Golf Course on Monday to finish in a four-way tie for first with Irvine junior Chris Chomyn, Tyler Schafer of Long Beach Wilson and Tom Hoyne of Palos Verdes.
The back nine scores were used to break the deadlock and Choi’s 1-under 35 was good enough to earn third place. Shafer’s was awarded first after firing a 3-under-33 on the back, and Hoyne and Chomyn claimed second and fourth, respectively.
Anupansuebsai finished tied for seventh with a 1-under-par 71.
Southern Section officials permitted Anaheim Discovery Christian to send only two golfers to the tournament. The Magi average an even-par 175 at Dad Miller Golf Course, their home course.
“I am so excited to play and represent out Magi golf,” Choi said. “This means a lot to me. I don’t know how to explain it. When I came here I wanted to just make the cut (for the individual championship tournament), but I played really well today.”
The top 20 players Monday advance to the CIF-SS Individual Championship, which will be played May 18 at Rancho San Marcos Golf Course in Santa Barbara. It took a score of 73 to make the cut.
Chomyn was disappointed that he missed two short putts, which, if he had made at least one of them, would have given him the victory.
“I definitely could have done better,” he said. “I had a 2-foot putt for par on 17 that I missed. I was bummed about that, and I had a 3-footer on a par-3 that I missed for par.”
He started off strong…