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Evergreen Valley's Justin Suh won the CIF state golf championship Wednesday in San Gabriel.

Three weeks after he won the Central Coast Section championship, Evergreen Valley's Justin Suh topped an even stronger field Wednesday.

The USC commit shot 4-under 67 at San Gabriel Country Club in San Gabriel to win the state championship by a stroke.

Bellarmine College Prep's Jimmy Castles and Rio Mesa's Victor Ponte tied for second at 3-under 68 in a field that included 54 of the state's best golfers.

Sacred Heart Prep's Derek Ackerman tied for 29th at 5-over 76.

"It was real intense," Suh said after his flight home. "Even from the start, there was a lot of people watching. Because it's just a one-day'er, you had to get off to a real fast start."

Suh did exactly that. The junior birdied four of the first six holes as he shot 3-under 33 on the front nine. He birdied Nos. 10 and 15 on the back nine and bogeyed 17.

"I just knew I had to continue to make birdies," Suh said.

When Suh finished, he asked his coach, "Where do I stand?"

Before the coach could respond, someone else said, "You're in the lead, Dude."

Castles started his round on No. 10 and had one birdie and one bogey before making the turn -- and his move -- on the front nine.

He birdied Nos. 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 and bogeyed Nos. 4 and 9 to finish just off the lead.

Suh's victory followed his 5-under 66 to win the CCS championship at Rancho Canada Golf Club's West Course in Carmel Valley on May 13.

Six days after winning CCS, Suh shot 1-under 71 to tie for third at the Northern California championships at Sierra View Country Club in Roseville. Although he did not win, Suh placed high enough to advance to the state championships.

Westlake won the state team championship with a score of 362.

Dublin and Rancho Bernardo tied for second at 371. Foothill placed fourth at 375.