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On the Beat Golf: Golden Valley's Kang golfs for the Foothill

Posted: May 30, 2014 10:41 p.m.
Updated: May 30, 2014 10:41 p.m.
 

Golden Valley sophomore Jonathan Kang advanced to the CIF/SCGA Regional State Qualifier (or the Southern California championship) with a 3-over 74 on Tuesday at the CIF-Southern Section Boys Golf Individual Championship.

It was another stellar performance in one of the greatest seasons ever for a Golden Valley athlete.

But it was also significant to the Foothill League as a whole.

This year, the Foothill League was given six slots for CIF individual playoff competition.

That was down from seven the previous year.

The disappointing showing by the Foothill League last year — both in team and individual playoff competition (no individual or team advanced past the first round of the playoffs) — cost the Foothill League in 2014.

But Kang’s showing and continued success in the postseason, coupled with the fact that four individual golfers (Kang, Hart’s Michael Lotta and Saugus’ Braden Lewis and Aden De Los Reyes) made it out of the first round of the playoffs gives the Foothill League a very strong argument to get a playoff slot back for 2015.

Some history: Foothill League golfers have had varying degrees of success at the SoCal championship since 2008.

Hart’s Johnny MacArthur became the first golfer in Santa Clarita Valley history to win the event in 2008.

West Ranch’s J.J. Holen shot a 7-over as sophomore (2009) and a 1-under as a junior (2010) at the event. The 1-under wasn’t good enough for him to move onto the state championship.

Valencia freshman Glen Lee shot a 7-over in 2011 and Viking Jonathan Chang was at 6-over in 2012.

The cut last year was 1-under at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena.

That’s where Kang will play on Tuesday.

Caddy/girlfriend: On Monday, Holen will be playing in a 36-hole Sectional Qualifier for the U.S. Open at Daly City — maybe the most important golf event of his life.

His caddy for the event is his girlfriend.

However, that girlfriend is every bit qualified.

Hart graduate Kendall Dusenberry was the 2008 and 2011 Foothill League Girls Golf Most Valuable Player.

She is currently on the roster of the University of Maryland golf team.

“I feel like she’s a really good greens reader,” said Holen, who will be a senior at Long Beach State this fall. “I feel like I hit putts on line a lot, but don’t always read the greens correctly. I feel like I’m always off a tiny bit. She’s on the bag to help with that. And I’m the more animated of the two of us. She’s more even-keel. She definitely calms me down.”

Holen is one of two locals competing to advance to the U.S. Open at Daly City.

Hart High graduate and pro golfer Jason Gore, whose most memorable moment in the game was playing in the final group of the 2005 U.S. Open, will also be trying to qualify.

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