La Jolla High’s Ben Doyle to play for state championship
La Jolla High School freshman Ben Doyle won the CIF/SCGA Southern California High School Championship with a round of 4-under 68 at Brookside GC’s #1 Course.
Doyle won the title in a playoff over La Jolla Country Day’s Anthony Paolucci and Adolfo Camarillo’s Johnny Ruiz, who also shot 68s.
Doyle joins a long list of San Diego area greats that have won the championship, a list which includes fellow La Jolla High School star Craig Stadler who won in 1971. Others who have won this title include PGA Tour stand outs Phil Mickelson (1987), Tiger Woods (1991), Chris Riley (1992), Charlie Hoffman (1994 & 1995) and Rickie Fowler (2004).
Torrey Pines High School claimed the team title with a team score of 7-over par, 367. The winner’s circle is familiar territory for Torrey Pines, as they won this same title last year (this is their 9th Southern California title overall) and won the State Championship in 2004.
The top three teams advanced to the State High School Championship held at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach Wednesday.
Joining Torrey Pines at the championship were Servite High School (371) and Santa Margarita High School (374).
The top six individuals not on a qualifying team also advanced to the State Championship. Those qualifiers are Doyle, Ruiz, Kameron Kubis (69) and Alexander Schauffele (70) from Scripps Ranch High School, Jonathan Sanders (70) from New Jewish Community High School and Clayton Yamaguchi (70) from Venice High School.
Anthony Paolucci declined his spot in the State Championship as he is playing in the U.S. Open Sectional qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, next week followed by the PGA Tour’s Fedex St. Jude Classic, which he earned a sponsor’s exemption to play in.
—Southern California Golf Association
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