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Hart won’t let up

Girls golfers start positioning for playoffs

Posted: October 6, 2009 10:24 p.m.
Updated: October 7, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Now the races are starting to heat up.

It’s almost a given that the Hart girls golf team will win each Foothill League event, as the Indians did for the third time in as many tries Tuesday.

But the race for the final playoff spot in the Foothill League has developed, as is the one for the six individual CIF playoff spots.

Yet one more thing happened at Woodley Lakes Golf Course on Tuesday.

Hart’s Amanda Corr took medalist honors for the first time in Foothill League play.

Corr, the 2008 All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Golfer of the Year, shot an even-par 37.

Her teammates, first Brenna Carlson then Nikki Prichard, took medalist the first two times out.

“It pretty much happens every year,” Corr said. “I’m not making excuses, but it’s such a change from (junior) tournament matches to high school golf. I don’t do well in the beginning, but I improve as the season goes on.”

Corr did the same last season and ended up making the deepest run of any Foothill League golfer in the CIF individual playoffs.

Her team is well on its way to the CIF team playoffs and has had some impressive recent showings.

The latest, before Tuesday, was a repeat victory in the Magnolia Park Optimist Club Tournament on Thursday.

“We won it last year so it just shows we’re still a solid team and we’re striving for those titles,” Corr said. “It’s good practice for us in bigger competition. It’s more like a regional.”

As far as the races go, Saugus continued to solidify its place in the Foothill League standings, coming in second place for the third consecutive league match with a 219.

The Centurions received four sub-45 scores, led by a 40 from Nicole DeFrancisco and a 41 from Sophie Valentine.

Valentine made the biggest jump in the individual race, moving up three spots to No. 6.

With Saugus firmly entrenched in the No. 2 spot, the battle for the third and final CIF team playoff spot rages on between West Ranch and Valencia.

The Wildcats gained the upper hand for the second straight match, shooting a 236 to Valencia’s 237.

It gave West Ranch an eight-stroke lead on Valencia for the season.

Sarah Hong was a major key to the Wildcats’ performance Tuesday, as she led her team with a 41.

But Valencia did not have Alison Lee enter the match Tuesday as she was preparing for a junior tournament.

The freshman golfer, who is the No. 7 junior golfer in the United States according to the American Junior Golf Association’s Polo Rankings, was missed.

Yet Viking Allie Jin stepped up in her absence, posting a 42.

West Ranch head coach Jeff Holen said his team was focused on its own performance, but added that Lee’s absence was a difference.

“Definitely if she plays today they win,” he said.

But the coach added that his team has not played its best golf yet.

Lee, though, has to play the remaining three league matches in order to qualify for the individual postseason.

In league play, the highest score, both for individuals and teams, is thrown out.

This would mark Lee’s throw-out score.

Golden Valley shot a team score of 297, finishing in fifth place for the third straight time.

Amanda Hobbs led the Grizzlies with a 54.

Canyon did not have enough golfers to qualify, but received a 63 from Brianna Guzman.

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