Describing the conditions on the Monterey Peninsula as perfect, warm with little wind, Evergreen Valley's Justin Suh birdied the first hole Tuesday and kicked his round into high gear with an eagle on No. 6.
The junior went on to shoot 5-under 66 to win the Central Coast Section golf championship at Rancho Canada Golf Club's West Course in Carmel Valley.
"It was mostly all because of my driver and putting," said Suh, who committed to USC as a freshman.
Bellarmine College Prep (373) finished second in the team standings, and Archbishop Mitty (374) took third. Stevenson (370) won the team title.
Suh entered the finals as the top individual qualifier from the CCS Regional 1, having shot a 68 last week. He tied for third at CCS as a sophomore.
"Coming into this tournament, me and my coach, our expectation was definitely going on to NorCals," said Suh, who took up the sport 13 years ago. "We always talked about winning (CCS), but it was really just a bonus."
Suh finished three strokes ahead of St. Francis' Matt Heitel and Palma's Jack Burlison, who each shot 69.
Mitty's Shintaro Ban, the West Catholic Athletic League champion, shot 70 to finish fourth.
The top three teams and top four individuals not on a team that qualified move on to the Northern California regionals at Sierra View Country Club in Roseville on Monday.
Sacred Heart Prep's Derek Ackerman, among five players who tied for fifth at 71, won a playoff to advance to NorCals.
WCAL tournament: Theron Kay threw a one-hitter, and Dalton Craig went 3 for 3 to lead Valley Christian past St. Ignatius 4-0 in a quarterfinal game. Bellarmine advanced with a 3-1 win over Serra, but regular-season champion Archbishop Mitty lost to Sacred Heart Cathedral 6-2. The Monarchs led 2-1 before the Irish scored five runs in the sixth.
PAL tournament: Joe Galea pitched a complete-game six-hitter as Capuchino defeated Sequoia 3-1. Anthony Orcholski's two-run single in the fifth broke a 1-1 tie. Kevin Hahn threw a four-hit shutout with five strikeouts in Aragon's 6-0 win over Burlingame. Sacred Heart Prep downed Hillsdale 8-2 behind the pitching of Will Johnston. Andrew Daschbach homered for the Gators. Anthony Leary hit one out for Hillsdale. Half Moon Bay beat South San Francisco 11-1 in the other opening-round game.
Capuchino will play at Carlmont, Aragon goes to Menlo-Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep plays at Terra Nova, and Half Moon Bay will travel to Menlo School for quarterfinal games Wednesday.
SCVAL tournament: Saratoga took a 1-0 lead over Palo Alto in the championship series with an 8-4 win on Tuesday. Evan Lindeman had two hits and two RBIs for the Falcons. Wilcox beat Los Gatos 2-0 to take a 1-0 lead in the third-place series as Andrew Najeeb-Brush got the win and Adam Rios the save. Los Gatos outhit Wilcox 9-3 but the Chargers made their hits count.
BVAL tournament: Mitch Anders came up with the game-winning hit in the top of the ninth as Branham beat Willow Glen 2-1. Sophomore Chris Kiefer got the win and senior Alex Zarate the save. Westmont outlasted Pioneer 9-7. The Mustangs trailed 9-5 going to the top of the seventh and scored two runs before Matty Hearn got the third out for his second save. Bradley Fine (5-0) got the win.
WCAL tournament: Grace Hargadon came up with the game-winning hit, her third hit of the game, as Presentation beat St. Ignatius 4-3. Notre Dame-Belmont scored the winning run in its 6-5 win over St. Francis in the bottom of the seventh after the Lancers scored three runs in the top of the seventh to tie. Danica Kazakoff had three hits and two RBIs for the Tigers.
Staff writer Glenn Reeves contributed to this report.