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Valencia’s Homa and West Ranch’s Holen were neck-and-neck all season

Posted: June 15, 2009 7:44 p.m.
Updated: June 16, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Valencia's Max Homa, left, and West Ranch's J.J. Holen, right, were close all season long. Both elite talents, Homa and Holen are now the 2009 All-Santa Clarita Valley Golfers of the Year.

Golfers Max Homa and J.J. Holen gave us a lot to be indecisive about.

Both are excellent golfers, there is no doubt.

And the thin line that divides them is Homa was slightly better than Holen in league play and Holen went farther than Homa in the postseason.

Homa, a Valencia High senior, had an uncharacteristic outing in the Foothill League opener, shooting a 7-over 79 at Valencia Country Club.

Then he turned it on.

His next three league outings were all under par (70, 71 and 66).

He never finished below fifth place in any league match and was medalist twice - April 14 at Valencia Country Club and April 23 at Robinson Ranch.

He edged Holen out for Most Valuable Player by three strokes.

Yet he shot a 4-over 75 May 18 at Sterling Hills Golf Course in Camarillo at the CIF-Southern Section Northern Individual Regional, the first round of individual playoffs.

But in the team playoffs, he led.

Homa shot a 2-under 70 in the Northern Team Divisional then a 75 at the Southern Section Team Final, both low scores for the Vikings.

Holen's team failed to get past the Northern Team Divisional. He shot a 75 that day.

But the West Ranch sophomore managed to reach the cusp of the state individual finals making it to the CIF/SCGA Tournament at the SCGA Members Club in Temecula.

He had a stellar day at the Northern Individual Regional, shooting a 2-under 69.

He then followed those up with a 3-over 74 at the Southern Section Individual Final and a 7-over 79 at the CIF/SCGA Tournament, though that performance cut him out of a place in the state final.

Holen was the medalist twice this year as well.

In the league opener and the league finale.

He shot 70 twice in league.

Though Homa won the MVP, both had 439 strokes during the league season.

The MVP goes to the golfer who has the lowest number of strokes minus their worst performance.

With the throw-out score, Homa became the MVP.

Yet both were pretty even.

That's why they are The Signal's selection as the All-Santa Clarita Valley Boys Golfers of the Year.


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