Only three golfers over the last 99 years accomplished what De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
senior Justin Pagila did on Monday.
He shot a nine-under par 62 at Diablo Country Club in Alamo, Calif.
Pagila had seven birdies and finished things off with a chip-in eagle on No. 18 to tie the course record, set in 1962 by Bud Shank and in 2011 by Geoff Gonzalez.
Both of them were adults.
The course, with a rating of 72.4 and slope of 134, was built in 1914. It's known for its narrow fairways and small and slick greens. Diablo has hosted more than one Senior U.S. Open Qualifier.
Pagila's remarkable round was accomplished in the 29th De La Salle Invitational, leading the Spartans — known nationally for their football — to a resounding victory in the 23-team tournament with a team score of 374, 22 shots better than runner-up Christian Brothers (Sacramento)
Josh McCarthy recorded De La Salle's next lowest round with a 75 and the No. 2 score of the day was a 71, recorded by Shintaro Ban of Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.)
It should be noted Santa Margarita (409) participated and finished tied for ninth. Beau Hossler, who finished tied for 29th but was leading in the third round of the 2012 U.S. Open at nearby Olympic Club in San Francisco, attended Santa Margarita but graduated in December to enroll at the University of Texas.
Hossler competed three times in the De La Salle Invitational at Diablo Country Club and never broke 70, according to officials.
Needless to say Pagila's round was very special. He plans to play golf at West Point beginning in the Fall of 2013 and is ranked the No. 29 junior golfer for the Class of 2013 in the nation by Golfweek.com.
He told Golfweek.com
in the summer he was rooting for Hossler all the way at the U.S. Open. The two have competed on the junior circuit many times. He told the publication that he was one of the people "blowing up" Hossler's phone that week.
"I sent him a text," Pagila said. "I was like, ‘Dude, I saw you on TV. That's crazy. You look great.'"
We wonder if Hossler returned the favor after Pagila's round Monday.