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West Ranch golf wins Foothill No. 1

Posted: April 1, 2014 10:10 p.m.
Updated: April 1, 2014 10:10 p.m.

West Ranch's Danny DiMaria watches his shot during Tuesday's Foothill League match at Valencia Country Club.

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With all five of its scorers finishing within seven strokes of each other, the steady and consistent West Ranch Wildcats won the Foothill League’s opening match with a total score of 398 on Tuesday at Valencia Country Club.

“It’s one of those ones where it’s good to get first league win out of the way,” said West Ranch head coach Jeff Holen.

West Ranch’s top finisher was Danny DiMaria, who was tied for third with a 76. No qualifying West Ranch golfer finished with anything worse than 83 during a windy, chilly day.

“You just have to not worry about the rough conditions as much as possible and all of us were kind of off to a rough start and you just have to calm down and kind of focus on hitting one shot at a time,” said Di Maria.

In the team standings, Hart finished second with a 407, followed by Valencia’s 409, Golden Valley’s 418, Saugus’ 421 and Canyon’s 477.

The day’s medalist was Saugus senior Braden Lewis, who carded an even-par 72 to finish three shots ahead of the next-closest golfer.

“It was a little windy out there but I think we kind of held it together,” Lewis said.

The Saugus senior started off the round with a birdie, but then bogeyed three holes on the front nine. Lewis was able to gather himself, make enough putts and fight back to even par.

“I don’t think my mental game was all there early in the season, but it was there today,” Lewis said.

Golden Valley’s Kamron Hobbs came in second place individually with a 75 and his teammate Jonathan Kang was right behind him at 76.

Hart was led by Lorenzo Torres and Valencia was paced by Ronnie Bedrosian as both players finished tied for fifth at 77.

No team was more consistent from top-to-bottom then West Ranch, which also had Jack McClafferty and Drake Walker each recording scores of 79.

With the win, West Ranch takes the early upper hand after the first of six league matches.

After all matches are played, each team is able to throw out its worst score.

“It’s always good to have the win right up front at Valencia Country Club so it doesn’t have to be a throw-out score,” Holen said.

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