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Hart nearly ties its own mark

n Indians are one stroke shy of record at Vista Valencia course

Posted: October 13, 2009 10:27 p.m.
Updated: October 14, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart junior Amanda Corr celebrates her putt on the fifth hole during Tuesday's Foothill League match at Vista Valencia Golf Course. Corr medaled with a 32.

 

When one arrives at a Foothill League girls golf match, the first question that pops up is: What accomplishment did Hart High achieve today?

That accomplishment Tuesday wound up being a team score of 177 at Vista Valencia Golf Course — one shot off the course record, set last year by Hart.

It was an accomplishment because of the fact that there was a consistent, cold rain on Tuesday.

The Indians won their fourth league match in four tries, besting the next-closest team, Saugus, by 27 strokes and increasing their lead in the Foothill League to 121 strokes.

Hart also had the medalist, Amanda Corr, who was the top golfer for the second consecutive match.

Her 1-under 32 was three strokes better than the next-closest golfer, Hart teammate Kendall Dusenberry.

“Pretty much the goal was fairways and greens,” said Corr, who made two birdies and one bogey on the day. “I played better because I play more careful. I played conservatively.”

Corr said the weather wasn’t much of a factor, despite watching a club fly out of one girl’s hands on a swing because it was slippery.

It did make for a longer course, though.

The Hart junior said the greens weren’t as challenging as one would think, noting that it was like putting through a morning dew.

Saugus also seemed unfazed by the weather, producing three scores in the 30s.

Katie McCance produced her best-ever nine-hole score, leading the Centurions with a 36.

It was the fourth straight contest Saugus finished in second place, giving the Centurions more confidence with the CIF playoffs on the horizon.

“I think we have a lot more depth and experience than we did last year,” said McCance, who added that the goal is to do better than last season’s Saugus team, which made the first round of the postseason.

West Ranch and Valencia continued the battle for third place and again showed how tight things are.

The Wildcats, led by Sarah Hong’s 39, edged Valencia, led by Katya Ortiz’s 42, 230 to 232.

West Ranch has a 10-stroke lead over Valencia for the third and final playoff spot from the Foothill League.

Rounding out the field, Golden Valley finished in fifth place, led by Susan Kang’s 53.

Canyon posted a 355 with a 62 from Amanda Toshimitsu as its best score.

League play ends next week with the Newhall Land Cup, a two-day event.

The first day, Tuesday, is nine holes.

The second, Wednesday, is 18 holes, with the first nine counting as the final league match.

The final nine holes on Wednesday are counted toward individual scores.

An individual champion will be crowned from the entire 27 holes.

That champion earns one of the six CIF individual playoff spots from the Foothill League.

It is the only way Alison Lee, the freshman ranked No. 7 in the nation by the American Junior Golf Association’s Polo Rankings, can make the individual postseason.

Lee missed her second consecutive league match Tuesday.

Hart golfers Nikki Prichard (36) and Brenna Carlson (36) stepped closer to earning berths in the individual postseason.

Hart’s Jamie Corr shot a 38, which now has her tied for sixth individually overall on the season.

 

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