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Local golf stays busy this summer

West Ranch’s J.J. Holen, others will take part in next week’s area event

Posted: July 3, 2009 8:52 p.m.
Updated: July 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.
There has been a lot of local golf commotion and West Ranch High junior-to-be J.J. Holen is at the center of it.

Holen is one of six locals involved in next week’s West Junior Open at Robinson Ranch.

But Holen has already had an eventful summer.

The 16-year-old qualified for three future prestigious junior events.

On June 22, he qualified for the California State Junior Amateur in August by finishing second at the qualifier at Desert Falls Country Club.

A week later, he qualified for the USGA Junior Amateur Championship, which will be played at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. July 20 through July 25. He did this by placing first with a two-round total of 139 (68-71) at the Junior Amateur Qualifier at Stanford Golf Club.

On June 30, he shot a 5-under 65 at the Callaway Golf Junior World Qualifier in Ventura. That first-place finish earned him a spot in the Callaway Golf Junior World Championship at Torrey Pines on July 13.

Holen also played in a two-day Ventura Country Junior Golf Association TaylorMade Series event at Robinson Ranch Wednesday and Thursday.

He was tied at the end of regulation with newly-graduated Max Homa of Valencia High at 1-over 145.

Homa defeated Holen on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.

Both Holen and Homa are participants in the West Junior Open at Robinson Ranch, which tees off Tuesday and finishes up Thursday after three rounds.

West Ranch senior-to-be Clayton Thatch will join them in the tournament.

On the girls side, Hart sophomore-to-be Kendall Dusenberry is the only local listed in the tournament field. Hart’s Amanda Corr and Brenna Carlson are in a qualifier for the tournament at Robinson Ranch Sunday.

Last year’s event champion, Valencia resident Alison Lee — who will be a freshman this coming school year, is not listed in the field.

Lee is ranked 10th nationally in the American Junior Golf Association’s Polo Rankings.

There are four locals who are scheduled to play July 17 through July 19 at Wilshire Country Club in the 110th SCGA Amateur Championship.

Homa, Saugus graduate and Cal State Northridge’s Nick Delio, Hart graduate and Pepperdine’s Johnny MacArthur and 25-year-old Valencia resident Brian Edick will all vie for the title.


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