PASADENA – A few months ago, not much was known about Anaheim Discovery Christian, a small private school off East Broadway with an enrollment of just 287 students.
Some coaches acknowledged this year that they declined an offer to schedule a match with the newcomer to the Orange County boys golf scene because they weren’t sure the school was eligible to compete in Southern Section events.
But after five postseason tournaments, there is no more mystery. The Magi will end their first varsity season playing in the CIF State championships. They earned a tee time in the prestigious May 31 tournament at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach by finishing third in the SCGA So Cal Regional Championship on Thursday at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena.
Palm Desert won with a 367, and Torrey Pines took second at 374.
With all five of their scoring players finishing in the 70s, the Magi had a team score of 15-over-par 375 to claim the third and final spot in the state championship, edging fourth-place Servite by four strokes. It was the second tournament in a row in which the Magi bested the Friars. The Magi and Friars placed third and fourth in the SCGA qualifier a week ago in Santa Barbara.
“It is crazy,” Anaheim Discovery Christian coach Jay Abiera said. “To come here and face these amazing schools, which are just as talented if not more talented than us, and to be able to test yourself against that and survive is very gratifying.
“(The players) have been challenged more these past few matches than anyone, and they battled through and persevered and kept fighting and it is great to see results come out of that.”
Coach Dane Jako called it a “very disappointing” end to the season for Servite, which was ranked No. 1 in the county throughout the regular season and won the CIF-SS regional championship earlier this month,
“But golf is golf. You can kill yourself trying to figure out what happened,” he said. “When you get to this, you have got to play…