Boys’ golf drops league opener to Titans

By Alex Nakagawa

Assoc. Sports Editor

The South Pasadena boys’ golf team was unable to come out on top in its first league matchup of the season against the San Marino Titans on Tuesday, March 24, starting the season off 0-1. 

Freshman Damian Ugalde showed major improvement from the Tigers’ last match, shooting a 46, which is seven strokes better than his previous stroke count against Polytechnic. Sophomore Elliott Lee matched Ugalde’s score to lead the Tigers again for the second time with a 46. Senior Robert Lee ended with a score of 49, improving upon his last 51 score. Senior Cristian Cotaya, junior Eddy Moon and sophomore Andrew Son finished the day with 50 each.

“Today was a loss, but it was a great experience for all players,” Son said. “Since this was our first league game, I feel some of the players were a bit nervous. As long as we fix some things here and there I’m sure we will win some games soon.”

The Tigers’ three months of practice brought impacting results, with three of the six golfers improving their scores from the previous match against Poly.

“We are definitely making progress which is noticeable by our decreased score as a team,” Robert Lee said. “Due to the fact that San Marino is more skilled than us, we went into the game with the intention of playing our best, having fun, and most importantly, learning from our experiences; for if we can’t learn from the past, the experience gained from past events losses it pertinence.”

The Tigers’ next match will be a non-league bout against the Rebels of Flintridge Prep of La Cañada on March 31 during South Pasadena’s spring break.