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Hart girls golf starts with a record performance

Indians have three girls shoot under-par, led by a 3-under from Carlson

Posted: September 22, 2009 10:52 p.m.
Updated: September 23, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart's Brenna Carlson watches her shot Tuesday at Encino Golf Course. She finished at 3-under.

 
Again, everyone was right.

The Hart girls golf team, a state championship contender and the consensus pick to run away with the Foothill League, opened up Tuesday at Encino Golf Course with a 38-stroke victory, establishing a league record for a par-37 competition.

The Indians shot a team score of 188, 3-over for the nine-hole team contest.

Hart is in search of its third straight Foothill title.

Saugus was next-closest at 226, followed by Valencia at 233 and West Ranch close behind at 235.

Hart was paced by three golfers who shot under par. The medalist was junior Brenna Carlson, who came in with a 3-under 34.

Sophomore Kendall Dusenberry was at 2-under, followed by junior Nikki Prichard at 1-under.

For Carlson, it was a sign of hard work paying off.

Last week, Hart head coach Renee Onori said it was Carlson’s game that took the biggest leap forward during the summer.

Carlson, who also plays for the Hart varsity softball team, said she spent the summer working more on her golf game.

She went to Houston this summer to get a week of lessons from her former personal coach, who moved there to take a job with the University of Houston, Carlson said.

“I gained a lot of yardage,” Carlson said of the results. “It’s difficult when you don’t have a lesson for two years. You lose track on what you’re supposed to be focusing on.”

Encino is a longer course, so it played in her favor Tuesday.

Also playing well was Valencia’s Alison Lee.

The freshman golfer and No. 7-ranked junior in the country made her league debut by shooting a 1-under 36.

Saugus was led by Sophie Valentine’s 42. Nicole DeFrancisco and Catherine Walgamuth added 44s.

“The girls aren’t satisfied where they’re at, which is nice,” said Saugus head coach David Stradling. “Truthfully what we’re shooting for is playoffs.”

Golden Valley finished in fifth place with a 295, led by Grace Bauman’s 54.

Amanda Toshimitsu’s 66 paced Canyon, which finished with a 375.

Lowest total strokes will determine a league champion, the three playoff teams and six individuals who will make the post season.

The highest of six scores will be thrown out.

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