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Valencia finishes 10th at team golf playoff

Posted: May 14, 2009 10:28 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The Rancho San Marcos Golf Club in Santa Barbara was downright frustrating to the Foothill League’s last team standings Thursday.
Now, no local team is left standing in the CIF golf playoffs.

Valencia shot a team score of 406 to finish 10th in the CIF-Southern Section Team Final.

Only the top four teams from the event advanced to the CIF-SCGA Tournament, the third of four CIF golf playoffs.
Servite High of Anaheim had the day’s best team score at 380.

“It was definitely tough to make the adjustment of going from a course you can score on (at Soule Park in Ojai where Valencia finished second in the Northern Team Regional) to a course where par is good on every hole,” said Valencia senior golfer Alex Macaluso.

The frustration Thursday came from an annoying wind, dry, fast greens and inexperience on the Ranch San Marcos course.

“You have to have the target and hit your target,” Macaluso said of the course. “You literally have to hit your spots. If you miss the green, bogey is not an unusual score.”

Valencia received sub-80 scores from Max Homa (75) and Macaluso (77), but rolled out an 81, 83 and 90 to round things out.

This was Valencia’s 14th consecutive appearance in the postseason and second time in the second round.

Six locals will participate in Monday’s CIF-Northern Individual Regional at Sterling Hills Golf Club in Camarillo.

“Generally speaking, our boys will rise to the occasion,” said Valencia head coach Rusty Swisher.
Those local boys are Macaluso, Homa, Valencia’s Jonathan Chang, West Ranch’s J.J. Holen and Collin Wheeler and Hart’s Tanner Diaz.


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