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Wildcats stand in G.V.'s way for girls golf title

Posted: October 22, 2013 10:14 p.m.
Updated: October 22, 2013 10:14 p.m.

West Ranch's Ashley Mayhall tees off on the second hole at TPC Valencia at the fifth Foothill League match of the season on Tuesday.

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Hear those skid marks?

That’s West Ranch girls golf forcing Golden Valley to put on the brakes in its ride toward its first Foothill League championship.

The two-time defending league champion Wildcats broke through, ending the Grizzlies’ four-match Foothill winning streak with a 222 team score on Tuesday at TPC Valencia in the fifth league match.

The Grizzlies shot a team score of 233.

With today marking the league’s last match, also at TPC Valencia, Golden Valley owns a 14-stroke advantage on the season (with high score thrown out) over West Ranch.

“Obviously there’s pressure. We all want to do well. We want to win league,” said Golden Valley golfer Elisa Pierre. “We’re still very focused and concentrated on playing our best. There’s pressure, but also a confident drive pressure creates for us.”

“We got them by 11 (strokes Tuesday) and I had two girls go out of bounds, I had one girl take a penalty stroke. That’s 14. So yes,” said West Ranch head coach Jeff Holen on if his team can overtake Golden Valley. “You put 12 people involved, if my six play well and their six girls play bad, that’s a stroke or two for each of them, and we’re in it.”

On the other hand, Golden Valley had two triple bogeys, four quadruple bogeys and a quintuple bogey on Tuesday, so the Grizzlies weren’t at their best.

“They were visibly upset (on Tuesday) so I told them, ‘Go home, hug your teddy bear, eat ice cream and unfriend someone on Facebook if it makes you feel good,” said Golden Valley head coach Tony Moskal, trying to take the pressure off his team.

Pressure, it seems, is what it will have to take for West Ranch freshman Ashley Mayhall to overtake Golden Valley sophomore Pierre for league Most Valuable Player — which goes to the player who has the lowest amount of strokes on the season minus one throw-out score.

Pierre was medalist on Tuesday for the fourth straight time in league (shooting a 1-over 37), and she owns a six-stroke advantage over Mayhall for MVP.

Both players will be in the same group today and Mayhall will try and get the upper hand early to put pressure on Pierre, who has arguably the most big-match experience of any girls golfer in the field.

“I believe. I’m a believer,” Mayhall said of her team’s chances, saying she also feels she’s in the MVP hunt. “I really hope our team can push it through (today).”

Mayhall shot a 38 on Tuesday.

Playoff spots are up for grabs today.

Based off Valencia shooting a 239 (led by Eunice Song’s 40), the Vikings own a 22-stroke lead (950-972) over Hart for the final team spot for the CIF postseason.

Hart shot a 257 on Tuesday, led by Katie Corr with a 42.

Corr and Song are three-four in league individually and will make the CIF individual postseason.

Seven golfers from the Foothill will earn shots to the individuals.

Golden Valley’s Justine Reblando is fifth and West Ranch’s Kate Caffrey also look like they’re in at five-six.

The last spot appears to be between Hart’s Lauren Yi and Illeana Dullas.

Yi has a three-stroke lead over Dullas heading into today for the last playoff spot.

Canyon will likely finish fifth overall in league, like it did Tuesday when it shot a team score of 267 (led by Ashley Warner’s 50).

Saugus finished sixth on Tuesday with a 289, led by Clara Venger’s 46.

Foothill team standings (total strokes with one throw-out score)

1. Golden Valley — 897

2. West Ranch — 911

3. Valencia — 950

4. Hart — 972

5. Canyon — 1,067

6. Saugus — 1,148

Foothill individual standings (total strokes with one throw-out score)

1. Elisa Pierre (GV) — 150

2. Ashley Mayhall (WR) — 156

3. Katie Corr (Hart) — 160

4. Eunice Song (Val) — 161

5. Justine Reblando (GV) — 168

6. Kate Caffrey (WR) — 169

7. Lauren Yi (Hart) — 174

8. Illeana Dullas (GV) — 177

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