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Valencia golf wins Foothill League No. 4

Golden Valley's Jonathan Kang repeats as medalist

Posted: May 5, 2014 10:56 p.m.
Updated: May 5, 2014 10:56 p.m.
 

All Valencia High junior Quinton Tilley was trying to do was play a steady round of golf on Monday.

He did a lot more than that.

He recovered from a disastrous start to his day and finished second individually with a 2-over 74 to lead Valencia to a team victory at Foothill League No. 4 at the Robinson Ranch Mountain Course.

Monday’s match was originally scheduled for last week, but it had to be postponed due to high wind gusts on Wednesday.

Valencia won with an aggregate score of 411, which beat out Hart’s second-place mark of 415.

Tilley, who said he didn’t have time to warm up because he was taking an advanced placement chemistry test, began his round with a quadruple-bogey on the par-5 first hole after he hit one shot into the bushes and another out-of-bounds.

From there, the junior collected himself and strung together one of the top rounds of the day thanks to three birdies on the back nine.

“I basically told myself that it’s only the first hole and there’s a lot more opportunities for good scores out there,” Tilley said.

And as for the chemistry test?

“I think I did pretty well,” he said.

The only round better than Tilley’s on a relatively windy day was turned in by Golden Valley sophomore Jonathan Kang, who took home his second straight Foothill League medalist honor with a 73.

That puts Kang in the top spot for league MVP honors, which is determined by total strokes for the season minus a throw-out score.

Headed into the final two rounds of league play later this week, Kang is six strokes ahead of Saugus’ Braden Lewis in the MVP race.

As for the team scores on Monday, Saugus took third place at 432 led by Lewis’ third-place score of 77, West Ranch was fourth at 433, Golden Valley was fifth at 435 and Canyon came in at last place with a 465.

West Ranch was led by Jack McClafferty’s 78, good for fourth place and Hart’s top golfer on the day was Nick Negrosa with a fifth-place total of 79.

Cory Fay carded an 87 to lead Canyon.

In the league standings, it’s looking like a three-horse race between Hart, West Ranch and Valencia, in that order.

Only 17 strokes separate Hart in first place and third place Valencia in third.

Either way, it’s looking like West Ranch’s run of six straight Foothill team titles is in jeopardy.

“West Ranch has dominated the league for so long, the last six years,” said Valencia head coach Robert Waters. “This is the first year in a long time that going into (the last two matches of the season), there’s three teams still alive for league finals.”

Golden Valley sits in fourth place as a team with Saugus trailing in fifth and Canyon in sixth.

In order to keep its hopes alive for a first-ever playoff appearance, Golden Valley will likely have to maintain its stance at fourth place following the last two league matches on Wednesday and Thursday, both at TPC Valencia. The last two rounds are referred to as the Newhall Cup.

“If we can put up a good round and create some distance between ourselves and fifth place, I think we’re good,” said Golden Valley head coach Tony Moskal. “But we need to do that, and it’s easier said than done.”

Team standings (total strokes in league minus throw-out score)

1. Hart — 1,219

2. West Ranch — 1,223

3. Valencia — 1,236

4. Golden Valley — 1,266

5. Saugus — 1,280

6. Canyon — 1,400

Top individuals (total strokes in league minus throw-out score)

1. Jonathan Kang (Golden Valley — 222

2. Braden Lewis (Saugus) — 228

3. Cory David (Hart) — 233

4. Danny DiMaria (West Ranch) — 234

5. Ronnie Bedrosian (Valencia) — 234

6. Kameron Hobbs (Golden Valley) — 235

7. Jack McClafferty (West Ranch) — 238

8. Nick Negrosa (Hart) — 239

9. Quinton Tilley (Valencia) — 240

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