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Elisa Pierre makes state golf finals

The Golden Valley sophomore becomes first SCV player since 2003 to advance to the state championship

Posted: November 14, 2013 10:49 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2013 10:49 p.m.

The Golden Valley sophomore becomes first SCV golfer since 2003 to advance to the state championship.

 

Golden Valley — the school that had little overall success in girls golf prior to last season — now has it’s poster child for success.

Her name is Elisa Pierre and she will be golfing next Wednesday at the CIF Girls Golf State Championship at Quail Lodge in Carmel.

Pierre shot a 2-under 70 on Thursday at the WSCGA Foundation Tournament/Southern California Championship at The Golf Club at Rancho California in Murrieta.

“I was very satisfied today,” Pierre said. “I put in a lot of hard work this season and the last couple of days preparing for this event. I just tried to stay consistent and balanced. When I found out I made it, it was a great reward.”

Only nine individuals (not including qualifiers from team competition) from this event qualified for the state championship.

Pierre is the first girls golfer in the Santa Clarita Valley to reach the state championship since Saugus’ Melanie de Leon did it in 2003.

It’s been a milestone season for a program that hadn’t finished higher than fourth place overall in the Foothill League prior to 2012.

The Grizzlies won the Foothill League team title in 2013 and Pierre, just a sophomore, won the Foothill Most Valuable Player.

Now this.

“From her to the team, this has been a dream season,” said Golden Valley head coach Tony Moskal.

Pierre made three birdies and one bogey on the day.

The bogey came on her 17th hole of the afternoon.

In typical Pierre fashion, she moved on quickly from the hiccup and parred her final hole of the day.

“I come from experience. I’ve learned anything can happen in a round,” she said. “That gives me hope no matter the situation.”

Pierre’s outstanding performance was nearly the best of her life.

She said she shot a 4-under 69 at Knollwood Country Club in Granada Hills.

She’ll likely have to replicate that performance to win a state individual title.

Like she said last week when she advanced to this round: “Anything’s possible.”

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