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The prelude to crowns and a cup

Carlson, Lee tie in Tuesday’s league match; Foothill champ, MVP and Newhall Land Cup to be decided

Posted: October 20, 2009 10:09 p.m.
Updated: October 21, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Hart's Brenna Carlson watches her drive on the sixth hole Tuesday at TPC Valencia. She shot a 2-under 34.

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Hart High junior golfer Brenna Carlson was more giddy about brownies than birdies after Tuesday’s Newhall Land Cup/Foothill League Match No. 5.

After she shot a 2-under 34 to share medalist honors with Valencia’s Alison Lee, Carlson handed in her scorecard and excitedly reached for a post-match snack.

Though her team took its fifth straight league match, shooting 185 (a Foothill League record at TPC Valencia), and she had a solid day, Carlson downplayed the performance.

“Um, we usually don’t celebrate that much,” she said. “Maybe we’ll celebrate when we make it there.”

There is the CIF State Championship, which will be played Nov. 19 at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

“There’s a lot of competition out there. Don’t think we have it sewn up,” said Hart head coach Renee Onori about the postseason. “Yes, in our league, we knew we would win, but that hasn’t been our focus.”

Before that, there is still a lot to be decided and today is the day where much of that will be determined.

The Foothill League’s sixth and final match will be held today, also at TPC Valencia.

The first nine holes will count as the final league match — which will determine the three CIF team playoff spots and six CIF individual playoff spots.

Another nine holes will be played to determine the Newhall Land Cup individual champion.

That player receives an automatic bid to the CIF individual postseason.

It would be the only way Lee, the No. 7-ranked junior golfer in the nation by the American Junior Golf Association’s Polo Rankings, could get into the individual postseason because she missed two league matches.

In fitting fashion, she was also low key.

“Pretty nonchalant,” was how Valencia head golf coach Andy Raevouri described her Tuesday. “You shoot under-par, you’ve got to be pleased. But she had a bogey and that will stick in her craw a little bit.”

Her addition to the Valencia lineup was a huge boon, though.

With Saugus finishing in second place for the fifth consecutive match, this time with a team score of 228, the No. 3 spot in league has been the major battle.

Valencia finished third Tuesday with a 236, while West Ranch shot a 244.

Total strokes decide the playoff spots. The Vikings’ eight-stroke advantage Tuesday cut West Ranch’s season lead to just two strokes.  

Golden Valley shot a 351, led by Grace Bauman’s 60.

Canyon fielded only two golfers to score 413. Briana Guzman shot a 77.

Saugus was led by Catherine Walgamuth’s 38 and West Ranch received a 40 from Sarah Hong.

Hart had four golfers near par — Carlson, Amanda Corr (36), Nikki Prichard (37) and Kendall Dusenberry (37).

All are in contention for the Foothill League Most Valuable Player prize, which will also be decided today and goes to the golfer with the lowest number of strokes on the season after dropping their worst score. Carlson, Corr and Prichard are unofficially tied for the lead. Dropping each player’s high score, Corr has a one-stroke lead over Prichard with Carlson two strokes back.

“I try not to think about it,” Carlson said. “It would be cool, but it’s not that important. What’s more important is going to CIF (playoffs) and winning there.”



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