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Vikes show it’s far from over

Valencia golf team turns in an impressive set of scores to take first

Posted: April 23, 2009 9:30 p.m.
Updated: April 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.
It’s a brand new ball game.

Valencia put some emphasis on its Foothill League golf win, out-distancing West Ranch 364-378.

The victory broke West Ranch’s nine-match Foothill League winning streak and unofficially put the Vikings into a tie for first place.

“I was so proud of my team,” said Valencia golfer Max Homa, who shot a medalist performance of 5-under 66 at Robinson Ranch Thursday. “We walked out, the five us, I was carrying (teammate) Taylor Beck. We were high-fiving. We’re excited to show we mean business.”

Hart finished in third place for the fourth time in four league matches with a 387.

Saugus was next at 400.

The Vikings have trailed the Wildcats the entire league season, teasing of a breakthrough.

It happened Thursday as the team turned in five stellar scores.

Behind Homa, Alex Macaluso posted an even-par 71 and Jonathan Chang shot a 2-over 73.

Matt Noltemeyer’s 75 and Beck’s 79 were their best scores in league competition this year.

“Our golf team calls ourself a family. We’ve been staying positive all year. It all clicked,” Homa said. “It’s not like we played amazing. We played like we could and it gives us a lot of confidence going into next week.”

Next week marks the final two league matches — Tuesday and Wednesday’s Newhall Land Cup.

Throwing out each team’s worst score, which each squad can do, both Valencia and West Ranch are tied at 1,138 total strokes.

“Anytime that you have won for so long, you need a wake-up call,” said West ranch head coach Jeff Holen.

Clayton Thatch turned in the Wildcats’ lone sub-75 score with a 72.

Tanner Diaz of Hart shot a 1-under 70.

Homa is in the lead for league Most Valuable Player.

Throwing out his worst score, his total strokes are 207.

He is followed by West ranch’s J.J. Holen at 214 and Macaluso and Diaz at 215.

Saugus was led by Justin Hancock’s 73 — his best day in league by five strokes.

Canyon shot 414 with 80s from Paco Franco and Alek Golden.

Golden Valley shot a team score of 473. Austin Wolitarsky shot an 80 for the Grizzlies.
League standings (without throwing out the worst score):  West Ranch: 1,528, Valencia: 1,540, Hart: 1,596, Saugus: 1,658, Canyon: 1,720


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