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Golden Valley golf wins Foothill No. 1; Katie Corr medalist

Posted: September 17, 2013 8:33 p.m.
Updated: September 17, 2013 8:33 p.m.

Golden Valley's Illeana Dullas tees off on the fifth hole at El Cariso Golf Couse in Sylmar. Photo by Dan Watson/The Signal

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In 2011, Golden Valley girls golf was just trying to prove it wasn’t a doormat in the Foothill League.

Last year, the Grizzly girls broke through for their first win in a league match.

And after Tuesday’s Foothill League opening match at El Cariso Golf Course in Sylmar, you can slap another label on this team for the first time — frontrunner.

Golden Valley shot a team score of 188 to claim its second league match win in school history.

“We can’t get too high, can’t get too low,” said a reserved Golden Valley head coach Tony Moskal. “It’s a great win. I knew we had the ability, but did we have the ability to put it together on this golf course? Today, we did.”

Hart sophomore Katie Corr took home medalist honors with a 2-over 33 on the par 31 nine-hole course.

“Today was a lot of fun,” Corr said. “It was really fun to get back into the competition and to see everyone in the zone and so focused is really cool.”

Right behind her were four golfers who shot 34s — Golden Valley players Elisa Pierre and Justine Reblando, Valencia’s Eunice Song and West Ranch’s Ashley Mayall.

In the team standings, Valencia finished second at 194 followed by West Ranch at 196, Hart at 213, Canyon at 239 and Saugus at 248.

“I was extremely pleased,” said first-year Valencia head coach John Minkus of his team. “No. 1, all my girls stepped it up. It was their best performance of the year as a team and on every individual basis.”

If Tuesday’s results are any indication, the league MVP race (based on total stroke in all league matches) will be tight as well.

Corr took the early lead after recovering from a bogey-bogey start on the first two holes on Tuesday.

She ended up with a birdie on the sixth hole to offset a bogey on the seventh. It was all pars other than that.

“No, I’m not paying too much attention to it,” Corr said of the MVP race. “I’m trying to stay in my head and not worry about everyone else.”

But this day belonged to the Grizzlies.

“I was just totally speechless and amazed and the thought that I really helped my team out just totally amazed me,” said Reblando, a freshman who had never before played in a team competitive team format.

Following the top five individuals, Valencia senior Joyce Kim shot a 35 and West Ranch sophomore Kate Caffrey carded a 39.

After Corr, Hart’s next best scorer was Kennedy Mullen with a 42, while freshman Clara Venger led Saugus with a 43.

Canyon’s top golfer was Alyssa Goenner, who finished at 44.

It’s been at least three seasons since Canyon finished outside of last place in a league match.

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