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Elisa Pierre and Katie Corr: Unintentional rivals

The two sophomores could potentially compete for the Foothill League MVP for the next three seasons

Posted: September 16, 2013 10:53 p.m.
Updated: September 16, 2013 10:53 p.m.

Hart sophomore Katie Corr, left, and Golden Valley sophomore Elisa Pierre could potentially battle for the Foothill League MVP the next three years. Photo by Dan Watson/The Signal

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It’s the rivalry that isn’t, according to the girls.

But the Foothill League hasn’t had the potential for anything like it in girls golf — two girls from two different teams competing for the Most Valuable Player for four years in a row.

That’s what we have with Golden Valley High sophomore and 2012 Foothill League Most Valuable Player runner-up Elisa Pierre and Hart High sophomore and 2012 Foothill No. 6 golfer overall Katie Corr.

These two girls who have never even golfed in the same group before will likely be doing that for the first time today at El Cariso Golf Club in Sylmar for Foothill League match No. 1 of 2013.

And we will likely be seeing these girls in the same grouping in each league match for the next three years.

However, Pierre — quiet, polite and gentle-natured, and Corr — ultra-competitive, well-spoken and good-natured, don’t see each other as rivals.

“Katie’s very sweet and polite. Every time I see her she’s a very nice girl. Getting to play with her more will be very fun,” Pierre says. “No, I don’t see a rivalry at all. I don’t really know what she’s capable of (because I haven’t played with her). I see it as a fun opportunity to play with a good person. We’ll see how it goes.”

Says Katie: “Definitely I am looking forward to (playing with her). She’s a really great player. I’m looking forward to seeing her and learning from her and her pushing me and motivating me to perform. A friendship can be built over these next three years.”

OK, so friendly rivalry.

But people around the Foothill League see the potential of a Pierre-Corr back-and-forth duel that could only be good for the two girls.

It will bring attention for the both of them, who both have goals to play golf at the four-year college level, and attention to the area which in the last five years has seen some of the most talented girls in the Santa Clarita Valley’s history.

“I know what I’m getting with Elisa. I have the kid who could be the potential player of year the next three years,” says Golden Valley head coach Tony Moskal. “But that could also be Katie Corr. … That’s what will make the next three years so fun.”

There have been three Foothill Leaguers of the same grade who have competed for the MVP for three years. But there was a difference with that group.

They were teammates — Hart’s Amanda Corr, Brenna Carlson and Nikki Prichard.

Corr was MVP as a freshman in 2007 and Prichard won the prize (which goes to the league golfer with the lowest amount of total strokes in Foothill matches) in 2009. Carlson was the runner up in 2009 and 2010.

In 2010, she was runner-up to sophomore Jamie Corr, who was again the MVP in 2012.

She was eight strokes ahead of Pierre.

Pierre had Katie Corr by 28 strokes, yet both made the CIF individual postseason.

Though the Golden Valley golfer edged Katie in every league golf match last season, the youngest of the three Corr sisters expects to close the gap this season.

She says she’s been golfing since she was out of the womb and has more desire and a competitive streak than her two older sisters.

Katie says that comes from playing club soccer prior to high school.

She gave that up prior to her freshman year because she saw more of a long-term future in golf.

“I think Katie at this age has a much deeper love of the game than both her sisters,” says Hart head coach Renee Onori. “She thoroughly just loves it, and it shows. Not only in her play, but how she helps the other players out there.”

That’s one luxury that Hart’s and Golden Valley’s coaches have in Katie and Pierre.

Because of their big-game experience and proximity in age to their teammates, they can get through a little easier in some aspects of the game than their coaches.

Moskal sees the same with Pierre, who he has seen working with some of Golden Valley’s younger golfers.

In Pierre, Golden Valley has an ultra-focused golfer whose quiet concentration can be seen before she tees off when she steps away and goes into her zone.

At a recent Drive, Chip and Putt event where she took second place in her age group Beaumont near Palm Springs, before teeing off she sat with her elbows on her knees in quiet concentration thinking of her shots.

She calls golf her comfort zone.

Yet there was something very uncomfortable for her at TPC Valencia at the sixth and final league match of the year last Oct. 17, 2012.

Golden Valley and Hart tied for second place in league overall at 1,146 strokes minus the throw-out score.

The tiebreaker for second place was who had the better throw-out score.

That was Hart with a 241 in the fourth league match to Golden Valley’s 245 in the second match.

Pierre was in tears that day and still shoulders blame for not putting up a better score for her team that Oct. 17, yet she still managed the fifth best score that day individually.

So deep down inside, there is a desire for her to win, though she says that doing her best is more important than winning.

Katie Corr says she definitely wants to win the MVP, just not at anyone else’s expense.

Whether they like it or not, these two could make up one of the best rivalries in the Santa Clarita Valley for the next three years.

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