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Hart takes first again at second meet

Posted: September 30, 2009 10:07 p.m.
Updated: October 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart High golfer Nikki Prichard watches her golf ball after she drove it off the third tee at Vista Valencia Golf Course on Wednesday.

The Hart High girls golf team wasn’t quite as dominant Wednesday at Vista Valencia Golf Course for the Foothill League’s second meet.

On Sept. 23, the Indians shot 38 strokes better than their next closest competition in the league’s first meet.

On Wednesday, they won by 31.

The Indians finished with all of their scores in the 30s on the par-33 course and wound up winning with a team score of 177.

Saugus finished second with a score of 208, followed by West Ranch with a 222 and Valencia shot a 231. Golden Valley and Canyon rounded out the group with a 288 and 345, respectively.

For junior Nikki Prichard, who led Hart with a 31, the difference at Vista Valencia was a little extra practice. “A friend and I came and played nine holes with three different balls (on Tuesday), so that really helped,” Prichard said.

Hart head coach Renee Onori said the team was trying to use every meet to prepare for state playoffs, where Hart figures to be a favorite.

The Centurions were led by junior Nicole DeFrancisco, a three-year varsity player who shot a 35. “The score wasn’t bad, we were hoping for a 205 or under,” said Saugus head coach David Stradling. “The winds were up and the greens were a little tougher (than yesterday’s practice round).”

The nine holes played at the meet had only one par-5, which gave the players a good opportunity to work on their short game, Stradling said. “I don’t want our players to peak right now, I want that to happen in five weeks,” Stradling said, referring to postseason play.

Alison Lee led Valencia with a 33, Diane Kim shot a 38 for West Ranch, Amanda Hobbs was the Grizzlies’ leader with a 48 and Amanda Toshimitsu was Canyon’s leader with a 60.

DeFrancisco, who made a pair of birdies and saved a rough start in the bunker for bogey on the eighth, saw improvement in her team but was more encouraged by the attitude after the competition. “As soon as the match was over, everyone came over (to the putting green) and started working on what they had trouble with,” DeFrancisco said.

“If everyone keeps doing that, then we’re going to start closing the gap between us and Hart.” Hart, Valencia and Saugus will all be competing today at the De Bell Tournament at De Bell Golf Course in Burbank at 3 p.m.



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