San Marino Looks to Win 1st League Title Since 2004

Photo courtesy SMHS Athletics The San Marino High School varsity boys’ golf team is on a mission to end its 14-year drought and win the Rio League title this season. The squad includes Aaron Im (front row, from left), Adrian Chiu, Alec Cabalinan, Ryan Ko, Taylor Suetsugu, Leo Ke and Jia Hu. Back: Head coach Matt Jiggins, Elvin Syiau, Thomas Agajanian, Dawson Yang, Andrew Cronk, Tony Chen and Alex Chuang.
Photo courtesy SMHS Athletics
The San Marino High School varsity boys’ golf team is on a mission to end its 14-year drought and win the Rio League title this season. The squad includes Aaron Im (front row, from left), Adrian Chiu, Alec Cabalinan, Ryan Ko, Taylor Suetsugu, Leo Ke and Jia Hu. Back: Head coach Matt Jiggins, Elvin Syiau, Thomas Agajanian, Dawson Yang, Andrew Cronk, Tony Chen and Alex Chuang.

The Rio Hondo League has been dominated by one program for more than a decade and the San Marino High School varsity boys’ golf team is determined to put an end to that.
The Titans have shown potential during the preseason with a mixture of young talent and seasoned golfers.
“It’s actually a really young team, which is exciting,” said SMHS head coach Matt Jiggins. “We have three freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors making up our top six.”
The young players have reinvigorated the program and Jiggins, who looks forward to attending practice and spending time with the athletes.
“The group has actually made coaching very fun because they love the game,” Jiggins said. “When it comes to practice, they want to be there. Even if there is no practice, they are there. It’s been fun, and I look forward to them having success in close matches and building that confidence. That’s ultimately the goal.”
San Marino is off to a hot start with a 3-1 record, taking on talented programs such as Walnut, St. Francis and Flintridge Prep, and giving the head coach hope of ending La Cañada’s 14-year reign as league champion.
“I do believe, but it truly depends on how our guys compete,” Jiggins said. “They’ve shown in preseason matches that they’re able to compete at a high level. I’m just hoping that translates into league play. I think we do have a really good chance of capturing that title.
Seniors Adrian Chiu and Aaron Im will be essential this season in providing leadership and helping their young teammates learn how to play as a team. Chiu most recently finished first in a tournament at the Oakmont Country Club.
“We’re fortunate to have two seniors help us lead this group of freshmen,” Jiggins said. “Adrian Chiu, who has already committed to Claremont McKenna College, is a great asset for us. We have him paired to play with a freshman, and it’s just great to watch him play.”
The Titans will take some time off before beginning league play against La Cañada on Tuesday, March 26, and Jiggins said his team is ready to go.
“Where they are is good,” he said. “They can do nothing but get better. It’s just learning more about the game and what to do in certain situations. I feel confident we will do well in league.”

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