Pali High Golfers Lose by Two Strokes

The Dolphins won their fourth straight Western League golf title on May 17 and were heavily favored to successfully defend their L.A. City Section championship the next day.

However, Granada Hills prevailed by two strokes, 390-392, at Wilson Golf Course in Griffith Park, as several Highlander players had career and season lows.

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Palisades’ Ray Yang, a junior, won the individual City title by one stroke with an even-par 72. “He is the first individual golf champion for Pali since Edward Turner in 1999,” said coach Jim Paleno. “We have high expectations to bring the team title back to Pali next year. We have great kids and great players.”

Palisades golfers who qualified for Regionals at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena on May 26 were Yang, Grant Ebner, Ethan Rautbort, Will Holbrow, Jason Simon and Jeff Han.

Charlie Reiter of Palm Desert was low scorer at Regionals with a five-under 67. Yang shot par 72 (tying for 11th), qualifying for the State meet at San Gabriel on June 1. The golfers for Palisades were all juniors, except for senior Max Hagar (who shot a 76 in the City tournament).

Left to right: PaliHi golfers Ethan Rautbort, Max Hagar, Will Holbrow, Jeff Han, Ray Yang, Grant Ebner and Jason Simon dominated league play.

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