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Hart wins Foothill golf title

Golden Valley's Jonathan Kang wins league Player of Year

Posted: May 8, 2014 9:56 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2014 9:56 p.m.

Jonathan Kang of Golden Valley drives off the 2nd tee at TPC on Thursday.

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It’s a whole new day in Foothill League boys golf.

Hart High boys golf took the Foothill League championship from six-time defending champion West Ranch and Golden Valley sophomore Jonathan Kang became the first boys golfer in his school’s history to win the Foothill League Player of the Year.

All prizes were claimed on Thursday at TPC Valencia in the sixth and final Foothill League match, as were CIF team and individual playoff spots.

“We knew nobody knew what we could do before the season,” said Hart junior Cory David. “But it gave us motivation to do our best out there.”

Hart entered the season with five new faces – four junior varsity players who moved up to the varsity with their head coach Steve Lindberg.

Because of that, the Indians were a bit of the unknown.

After winning a league championship, they were calm – still new to this type of winning.

“We’re just trying to be humble,” David said. “We don’t want to act like we’re the big dogs in Santa Clarita.”

But these Indians became the first Foothill team since the 2007 Indians to chase away the Wildcats.

Kang shot a co-medalist 5-under 77 on Thursday, then sat alone on a couch after his round.

“I’m thinking about this moment,” Kang said, realizing how big it was. “I knew I’d have pressure. But I filled myself with confidence (today).”

Kang will be joined in the CIF Individual postseason by Saugus’ Braden Lewis (who he edged 376-384 during the league season), David, West Ranch’s Danny DiMaria, Saugus’ Aden De Los Reyes and Hart’s Michael Lotta – who finished two through six in the Foothill respectively.

Hart edged West Ranch by 23 strokes for the season (2,046 to 2,067).

Valencia finished third at 2,074.

The drama came at the end of the match, with Saugus and Golden Valley vying for the opportunity to apply for an at-large bid to the CIF team postseason as the Foothill’s fourth-place team.

Saugus needed Golden Valley’s final score to come in at 94 or above in order to claim fourth-place overall. The last Grizzly score was a 96.

Saugus edged Golden Valley for fourth 2,135 to 2,137.

Canyon finished sixth.

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