The Mira Costa boys’ golf team won the Ocean League golf title after beating Culver City 184-223 last Tuesday. It is the fourth consecutive league title under head coach Tom Cox.
It was the final home match of the season at Chester Washington Golf Course in Los Angeles for Mira Costa and kept alive a league winning streak that has reached 31 matches under Cox.
“It’s a huge accomplishment to win our league,” said Mira Costa’s Aidan Oliver, who is a junior. “It is definitely a step in the right direction toward our goals for the postseason. This season has been amazing so far.”
The previous three years the team has gone 8-0 and they will look to beat Culver City one more time when they play them on the road and play for another 8-0 record for the fourth straight year.
“Winning Ocean League as an undefeated team would be a great milestone for me and the team,” said Mira Costa senior Tim Zimmer. “I think it would also give us the confidence and momentum we need to go far in CIF."
As for Cox, he has known nothing but winning.
“I can’t say winning our league ever gets old,” Cox said. “I’m just really proud of the way we’ve been able to sustain our level of excellence that we’ve had over the time.”
Travis Riker lead Mira Costa with a score of 35.
“Our league match against Culver City was something that proved to be both very successful and important in our preparations for league finals and CIF considering the tough conditions,” Riker said. “Heading into CIF I feel as though our team is very strong and potentially has the ability to advance far considering the talent we possess as a team and as individuals.”
He added, “We will continue to work hard heading into the last few weeks of league and will hopefully bring our best into CIF and to qualify for state.”
Mahamed Ahh Ibrahim had the low score for Culver City with a 41.
Mira Costa is 10-0 overall in dual matches and 7-0 in the Ocean League. The other teams in the league include Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and North Torrance.
Also scoring for Mira Costa in their win was Max Huggins, senior, who was one of three players with a 37. Huggins is Mira Costa’s top player.
“You couldn’t ask for a better captain and leader of the team,” Cox said. “What separates Max is, he really is a talented young man on the golf course but it is his mental game. He never gets too high or gets too low. He is very consistent. He has respect of the whole team. We are lucky to have him.”
Huggins spoke about this year’s team.
“This team has the most chemistry of any team I’ve seen in my years at Mira Costa,” Huggins said. “It’s full of guys who want to get better to push each other and to win. It’s the best team you could possibly be a part of if you want to play golf at its purest form competitively while having fun.”
Huggins was Ocean League All-League first team the last two years.
Tanner Stewart, sophomore, and Oliver also had 37’s. Zimmer was the fifth player whose scored counted. He shot a 38.
Also playing were Philip Wandel and Dylan Marschall, both seniors. They had scores of 39 and 40 respectively.
“It has been nostalgic watching this senior heavy team play its final home league match,” said Mira Costa assistant coach Josh Alpert. “The majority of these guys grew up in our programs as little kids. Supporting their development as players has been an honor. Watching their development as people has been even more rewarding."
Last Monday, Mira Costa competed in the Villa Park Classic at Yorba Linda Country Club that was won by Orange Lutheran with a score of 387. Mira Costa finished six out of 18 schools with a 406 score.
The top individual achievement this year was at the Oak Park Invitational where Huggins was co-champion of an 18-hole event with a three-over-par 74 at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village.
Also on this year’s varsity team is junior, David Ruiz, and five seniors that include Max Estes, Zach Cochran, Cole Heroux, Jack Robinson and Jeffrey Noh.
Although Mira Costa has won a CIF-Southern Section championship in boys golf, they have not achieved that yet under Cox and that is the goal this year. They play in the Southern Division team championships at Mile Square Country Club.in Fountain Valley in the coming days and if they do well a chance to play at state would be on the agenda as well.
“I am really looking forward to seeing what the rest of the season has in store for us,” Oliver said.