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Valencia gets only slightly closer to Wildcats

Posted: April 1, 2009 1:16 a.m.
Updated: April 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Valencia senior golfer Alex Macaluso didn’t have to battle as hard on the golf course Tuesday as much as he had to battle off the course coming up with the right word to describe the gap between his team and Foothill League-leading West Ranch.

Macaluso turned in a medalist performance Tuesday at Robinson Ranch’s par-71 Mountain Course, making two birdies and 16 pars, but his team still left the course with an 11-stroke deficit to West Ranch, which turned in a team score of 372.

“I don’t know what the right word for it is,” Macaluso said. “It’s just maybe disappointing. You can’t do anything about it. Just can’t give up. There are four (league) matches left.”

Valencia inched closer to West Ranch, after the Wildcats posted a 14-stroke league-opening victory March 24 at Valencia Country Club.

But now, because league will be decided this season by total strokes, the Wildcats have a 25-stroke advantage on the season over Valencia for the top spot.

“At least we showed we can do it,” said Valencia’s Max Homa of his team’s ability to play well. “It just depends on our bottom four.”

Homa posted a 70 Tuesday.

Freshman Jonathan Chang was the only other Viking under 80 at 78.

West Ranch was led by J.J. Holen at 70. Its four other scores were all under 80.

Freshman C.J. Espino added a 73.

“The key for us right now is our little freshman C.J. Espino,” said West Ranch head coach Jeff Holen. “Just knowing that with him in the No. 5 spot, we’ve had a solid number coming in the last two rounds.”

Espino turned in a co-medalist performance with J.J. Holen last week at Valencia Country Club of 74.

Valencia has another worry as well, as Hart shot a team score of 388 to the Vikings’ 383.

The Indians received boosts from Mitch Camerano (71) and Tanner Diaz (72).

Saugus had a much better outing this week with a 406.

Andrew Moore, Gary Steinhoff and Justin Hancock all shot 78s for the Centurions.

Canyon’s Justin Golden shot a 76 as the Cowboys shot a 429.

Golden Valley again didn’t have enough players to post a qualifying score, though Austin Wolitarsky shot a 79.

After next week’s spring break, play resumes April 14 at Valencia Country Club.

League standings: West Ranch 760, Valencia 785, Hart 801, Saugus 847, Canyon 872


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