There are good rounds, and then there is the kind of performance put in by Concord (Ca.) De La Salle High senior Justin Pagila.
Pagila carded an otherworldly 9-under-par 62 at Diablo Country Club, a course in Alamo, Calif. The course, which MaxPreps noted has a rating of 72.4 and a slope of 135, has hosted a number of U.S. Senior Open qualifiers, but was hosting the De La Salle Invitational on Tuesday.
While Pagila’s performance was notably impressive regardless of comparable statistics, what others have done at Diablo only makes the 62 more remarkable: The course has seen a 62 carded just twice before in its 99-year history, and both of them were definitely adults.
Add to that the fact that Pagila topped the personal best on the course of Beau Hossler (he finished tied for 29th), who led the U.S. Open after three rounds in Spring 2012, and the De La Salle senior’s afternoon starts to emerge as one of the best prep golf rounds of all time.
Of course, it’s possible that Pagila and Hossler could meet in the NCAAs. Hossler graduated in December from De La Salle rival Santa Margarita (Ca.) High and will compete for the University of Texas starting in the fall. Pagila will compete at West Point.
Whether they meet again remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: Pagila belongs right alongside his previously more famous neighbor after Tuesday’s wild round in Alamo.
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