The boys’ golf team of Mater Dei High School captured a share of the CIF-Southern Section Team Championship, with Trinity League rival Servite close behind in third.

Led by Jaden Cantafio’s 68 (second among individual scores), the Monarchs totalled 364 at Goose Creek Golf Club in Jurupa Valley, equal to Anaheim Discovery Christian, and ahead of Servite’s 368.

Mater Dei’s Andrew Hoekstra shot 70, Robert Keilch 73, Ryder Henares 76, and Ryan Pham and Robert Compean 77 each. For Servite, Cameron Xiao posted 70, followed by Alax Hanz (73), Brendan Gonzalez (74), Nic Harrison (75), William Sung (76) and Ben Hong (80).

Loyola tied for sixth in the team event at 380, led by Brian Arnold Jr. and Justin Lee (71 each), while Crespi’s Ivan Barahona tied for third in the individual scoring at 70. The top four teams and 28 individuals advanced to the CIF/SCGA Southern State Regional Championships on May 23 at Brookside Golf Course, Pasadena.

State regional

The CIF/SCGA Southern State Regional Championships on May 23 at Brookside Golf Course, Pasadena, produced fine efforts from among Catholic school competitors, but none qualified for the May 29 state championships in Pebble Beach.

Crespi’s Barahona shot 71, tied for ninth, just missing out on qualifying for the state individual tournament. Servite’s Hanz had a 73, tied for 18th, and teammate Hong and Mater Dei’s Cantafio each had 74.

Servite’s 377 placed fourth in team scoring behind La Costa Canyon’s 367, with Mater Dei sixth at 379. Only the top three teams made the state finals.


Mike Nelson is the former editor of The Tidings (predecessor of Angelus News). 

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