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GOLF NOTEBOOK: BOOST FROM T.O.

Byline: Dave Shelburne Staff Writer

Moorpark College, which advanced former Royal High golfer Josh Lipman to the state community college championship this season, also will add one of the Marmonte League's top golfers for the 2005 season.

Aaron Conrad, a Thousand Oaks High senior and league co-runner-up who had four rounds in the 60s this season, said he plans on playing for coach Will Thurston's Raiders next season.

Conrad, whose high school career ended Monday in the first round of the Southern Section individual playoffs at Village Country Club in Lompoc, had a senior-season best of 66.

He was medalist at 68 in the first round of the Southern Section team playoffs at Santa Barbara G.C., helping Thousand Oaks tie for second place and qualify for a card-off, which the Lancers won to secure the final berth in the section team final.

--No Thurston combo: Conrad's Thousand Oaks teammate, senior Kyle Thurston - a two-time Marmonte League scoring champion and son of the Moorpark coach - also plans to attend Moorpark for his first year of college but will not play golf for the Raiders.

The younger Thurston, who included two 67s among his five rounds in the 60s this year, intends to work on improving his game and is expected to move on to the four-year ranks as a scholarship player the following season with four years of eligibility remaining.

--Strong finish: Former Royal High standout Lipman gave Moorpark its lone berth in the 55th California Community College final by shooting 73-75-148 to place fourth among individual entries in the Southern California Regional at PGA of Southern California GC at Oak Valley.

He shot 74-80-148 to tie for 26th in the state final at SCGA Golf Club in Murrieta, where Cody Slover of College of the Sequoias was first at 66-76-142.

--Down to one: The Marmonte League, which advanced two teams and six individuals into Southern Section postseason play last week, is down to one representative - Agoura senior Jeremy Bovill, who qualified for Monday's section individual final by shooting 76 in the Northern Individual Regional at Village Country Club.

Royal junior Danny Hoffenberg, this year's Marmonte individual champion, was eliminated at Village, where he shot 86 in conditions so difficult no player broke par and a score of 78 qualified for a playoff for the 24th and final berth in the section individual final at Palm Springs' Canyon Country Club.

Other Marmonte entries at Village were Agoura's Matt Jaffe (79) and Matt Halfon (84), Westlake's Chase Wirtz (86) and Conrad of Thousand Oaks (80).

League runner-up Westlake was eliminated in the first round of team play, and Thousand Oaks had its season end with a seventh-place tie at the section final, where the Lancers finished four strokes shy of a playoff for the final berth in the CIF/SCGA Championship on June 3.

--Keeping track: Former Moorpark College golfer Daisuke Sakurai is working as an PGA apprentice at the Moorpark Golf Learning Center. Daisuke, who played for the Raiders four seasons ago, passed his players' aptitude test in September 2002 and is working to become a Class-A teaching professional.

Dave Shelburne, (818) 713-3609

dave.shelburne(at)dailynews.com
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Date:May 23, 2004
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