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League gets glimpse of golf future

West Ranch sophomore shoots league low 69

Posted: May 18, 2009 10:29 p.m.
Updated: May 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The Foothill League's Most Valuable Player ended his prep golf career Monday, but the future immediately grabbed his torch.

Underclassmen J.J. Holen of West Ranch and Jonathan Chang of Valencia posted impressive scores Monday at Sterling Hills Golf Course in Camarillo at the CIF-Southern Section Northern Individual Regional and advanced, along with Valencia senior Alex Macaluso, to the May 26 CIF-SS Individual Finals and SCGA qualifier.

League MVP Max Homa, West Ranch's Collin Wheeler and Hart's Tanner Diaz missed the cut.

All three are seniors.

Homa reflected after his round on his past and the future of the Foothill League.

"Golf's a tough game. When you're walking (between shots) so many negative things can happen in your head. I got down on myself. Then you find a point where you ask, ‘Are you going to really let yourself finish like a loser? You've got to finish with a bang.'"

Homa was 6-over after 15 holes, then brought his score down to 4-over 75 for the day.
The cut was 73.

"A lot of us can take it low, it's the ones that can get the under-pars consistently (that make it far)," Homa said. "I've really seen (improvement) since J.J.'s freshman year. I'm sure we'll see it from Jonathan."

Holen, a sophomore, shot a 2-under 69 and Chang, a freshman, shot a 72.

Austin Raanes of Quartz Hill shot a 66 to lead all golfers.

The top 30 from this event advanced to Hacienda Golf Course at La Habra Heights May 26.

"My goal today was to play boring," said Holen, the Foothill MVP runner-up. "I wasn't shooting for pins, just going for the middle of the green. It was perfect. That was my game plan and it ended up going exactly as planned."

Joining Holen and Chang is one of the unsung golfers in the Foothill League in Macaluso.

The senior hovered in the mid-70s throughout the Foothill League season and has done the same in the postseason.

His 1-under 71 was his finest of three performances in the postseason in 2009. (Valencia played two team matches).

Wheeler, who won the Newhall Land Cup April 29, shot a 74.

Diaz posted a 75.


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