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Jonthan Kang short of qualifying at So Cal finals

Posted: June 2, 2014 4:54 p.m.
Updated: June 2, 2014 4:54 p.m.

Golden Valley’s tremendous golf year has come to an end.

Grizzlies sophomore Jonathan Kang shot a 7-over 79 on Monday at the CIF/SCGA Southern California Championship and finished tied for 67th overall out of 124 golfers at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena.

“I thought it was a success,” Kang said of his season. He won the Foothill League Player of the Year, Newhall Land Cup and advanced farther in the postseason than any boys golfer in school history. “It motivates me even more. I want to keep getting better and maybe even advance to state in the future.”

Kang struggled on the par-4s, bogeying five of 12, including a double on the 316-yard No. 1 hole.

His only birdie came on the par-5, 508-yard No. 6 hole.

Golfers from Westlake High, Rancho Bernardo High and Mater Dei all qualified for Wednesday’s CIF Individual State Championship because their teams qualified.

The top nine individuals not on a team who qualified for the state title also advanced.

Sage Casaga of Murrieta Valley won the So Cal title with a 4-under 68.

The cut was at even-par.

Kang started his day on hole No. 15 and through his first seven holes was 5-over.

“I just couldn’t putt — that’s all,” Kang said. “I missed a lot of par putts. I missed a lot of birdie opportunities. They were mysteries.”

Golden Valley head coach Tony Moskal said the putts that fell during Foothill League season weren’t going in on Monday.

However, this year was a breakthrough for the school’s golf programs.

In the fall, Elisa Pierre won the Foothill Player of the Year and made it to the state individual championship. The Grizzly girls also won their first Foothill title ever.

The boys program missed out on a team playoff spot by three strokes.

“It’s groundbreaking for us to have the last girl playing in the golf season and the last boy playing during the golf season,” Moskal said. “If you would have said at any point in the past Golden Valley would have that in the same year I think people would have laughed at you.”


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