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A local sweep at Oxnard City

Clutch play leads to golf titles for West Ranch alumnus, Hart graduate

Posted: July 22, 2009 10:49 p.m.
Updated: July 23, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
It was the biggest success for a pair of local players in their careers.

Ryan Weltig, a graduate of West Ranch High and current College of the Canyons student, and Ashley Redmond, a Hart High graduate and Morehead State senior, took home the Oxnard City Golf Championship at River Ridge on Sunday.

“The first day was difficult,” said Redmond, who carded an 83 in her opening round. “There was a huge difference in how I played the second day, and I was a lot more comfortable with the pin placements. I just tried to stay positive through the whole tournament.”

Redmond carded a 74 on the second day to score the win.

Weltig had to go to a playoff against Andrew Perez to earn his title.

He shot rounds of 71 and 70 to finish 3-under par, but could not birdie the 18th hole to clinch the win.

Weltig rebounded to par the first playoff hole, while Perez notched a bogey to give the West Ranch alum the victory.

“I love pressure,” Weltig said. “It was a great growing experience for me. I really enjoyed being out there, and it was all about patience.”

Both players had to deal with windy conditions during their victories.

“I’m very hard on myself,” Redmond said. “This is evidence that my hard work has paid off. I thought my approach shots on the second day were much stronger.”

For Weltig, the two-day event was keyed by his long game and maintaining ball placement.

After Perez scored a birdie on the 18th to even the match, both players drove off to the right on the first playoff hole.

Weltig was able to recover, sinking two-foot putt for the win.

“It was the biggest win of my career, so it’s big for me,” Weltig said. “There were some tricky holes, and it’s really cool to get this win.”

Up next for Weltig is the U.S. Amateur Qualifier on Aug. 4.

Redman is already thinking about potentially playing beyond her collegiate career.

“You never know what could happen,” Redman said. “I would love to keep playing. A win like this one is encouraging because it means I might be able to keep playing beyond college.”

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