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On the Beat Golf: Will this be the Golden year?

Posted: May 1, 2014 10:39 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2014 10:39 p.m.
 

It wasn’t very long ago that Golden Valley head golf coach Tony Moskal was throwing his hands up and singing the blues.

(You know you were, Tony).

The same old song was how Golden Valley golf was not going to compete in the Foothill League because the school was not attracting golfers.

For the first time in the history of the school, its girls and boys programs are competitive at the same time.

It appears that golfers are starting to go to Golden Valley, and it’s a major reason why the program is strong.

Moskal said before the Foothill League season started that his boys team would make the CIF playoffs, right on the heels of the girls program winning its first-ever Foothill championship.

But a fourth-place finish followed by a fifth-place finish in the first two league matches diminished Golden Valley’s hopes (the three teams from the Foothill should make the CIF postseason).

Then, the Grizzlies go out on Tuesday and finish second in league play.

It prompted Moskal to text message me, “How bout them Grizzlies?”

So what’s it going to take for Golden Valley to make its coach right about his preseason prediction?

As Foothill golf has always shown, it will come down to the backend of the lineup.

Golden Valley has been getting consistent low scores from Jonathan Kang and Kameron Hobbs, but a sub-90 score from Harrison Edwards was a key on Tuesday.

The Grizzlies will need Edwards to go even lower and hope someone else can chime in at the backend.

Otherwise, Golden Valley might have to settle for an individual prize.

Kang, after his even-par 72 medalist performance on Tuesday, is the league’s leading MVP candidate.

Actually, if the season ended today, he would be the MVP.

Hobbs and Saugus’ Braden Lewis would be tied for second, two strokes behind.

But there’s a lot of golf left in a short amount of time.

Winds were gusting on Wednesday up to 70 mph, which caused the postponement of Wednesday’s fourth golf match.

That match will be played at Robinson Ranch on Monday.

The Foothill’s final two matches are next Wednesday and next Thursday at TPC Valencia — so whoever gets hot next week could play their way into the postseason.

Speaking of TPC Valencia, its the site of a U.S. Open sectional qualifier we spoke about last week.

I spoke to tennis pro and 2004 Olympic silver medalist Mardy Fish on Thursday and the competition appears to have him set on not just showing up to Monday’s qualifier at TPC, but doing something special there.

If he makes it past this local qualifier and the sectional qualifier in June, he would become the third man to ever compete in a U.S. Open in both tennis and golf.

Signal Rankings

Hart won for the second straight week and is threatening six-time defending league champion West Ranch. The hottest team therefore gets the top spot:

1. Hart

2. West Ranch

3. Valencia

4. Golden Valley

5. Saugus

6. Canyon

And your top five golfers:

1. Jonathan Kang (GV)

2. Braden Lewis (Saugus)

3. Cory David (Hart)

4. Ronnie Bedrosian (Valencia)

5. Danny DiMaria (West Ranch)

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