Palm Desert dominates DEL individual boys golf just as it did league during the season -

Palm Desert dominates DEL individual boys golf just as it did league during the season

Even among teammates, there was competition Thursday in the finals of the Desert Empire League boys’ golf tournament.

“You are rooting to win, you want to win,” said Palm Desert High School’s Lucas Myers after beating out a pair of teammates to win the DEL individual title at the North Course at Indian Canyons Resort in Palm Springs. “I definitely wanted to win.”

Myers, a senior on a team dominated by freshmen, made an eight-foot putt on the final hole for a par-5, capping a round of 3-under 69 and giving him a two-day, 36-hole total of 2-under 142. That was one shot better than teammate and freshman Landon Breisch, who also shot 69 on Wednesday for his 143 total.

In all, six of the top eight players in the finals came from Palm Desert, the team that was undefeated in the DEL this season. The top seven advance to CIF-Southern Section preliminaries on Monday, but with one Palm Desert player, Max Margolis, not playing Monday because of a commitment to another tournament, Palm Desert will have five of the seven players advancing to the postseason.

Lucas Myers of Palm Desert High School tees off on the 8th hole at the Indian Canyons Golf Resort's North Course during the Desert Empire League boys individual golf finals in Palm Springs, Calif., May 4, 2022.

The battle for the title came down to Myers, Breisch and Margolis, another freshman for Palm Desert. Myers knew that he was two shots behind Breisch and Margolis with four holes to play. Myers’ rally started with a 30-foot birdie on the 15th hole.

“Then 16 I burned the edge for birdie. On 17, I had to have it. Max was on the green and I had like a 10-footer, and I made it and he three-putted,” said Myers, who made two birdies in his final four holes to come from behind.

Told by Palm Desert coach Kurt Breitfuss that Breisch had bogeyed the par-5 18th hole, Myers knew he was now ahead by one shot.

“So I’m like, let’s play for a par,” Myers said. “And I kind of hit it in the trees, so I laid up, then I left it out (to the right), and got up and down for the par.”

Strong as team and individuals

Breitfuss, in his first year as Palm Desert head coach, said he tries to keep a competition going among his players even in the team setting of the regular season.

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