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Hart girls golf finishes with a Foothill League title, while even-keeled Prichard is league MVP

Posted: October 21, 2009 10:16 p.m.
Updated: October 22, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart's Amanda Corr putts on the seventh green during the second day of the Newhall Land Cup/Foothill League finale Wednesday at TPC Valencia.

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Steady wins the race.

Or is it the opposite?

Both won Wednesday, as Hart’s steady golfer Nikki Prichard and the fast and furious Indians claimed the Foothill League’s top prizes at the Newhall Land Cup/Foothill League finale at TPC Valencia.

The event also decided the seven individuals and three teams that would move onto the CIF postseason.

The much-heralded Valencia freshman Alison Lee, despite missing two league matches during the season, qualified for the CIF postseason by winning the 27-hole, two-day Newhall Land Cup.

She shot a 2-under 106. Hart’s Brenna Carlson shot a 109.

Prichard, though, claimed the league’s biggest individual prize.

She came into the finale neck-and-neck with teammates Carlson and Amanda Corr.

The first nine holes Wednesday counted as the final league match, and she outshot Carlson by two strokes with a 36.

Prichard edged Carlson for MVP by one stroke on the season — 185 to 186.

“My goal was to stay consistent, not get too worked up about one score,” Prichard said.

Her scores stayed between 31 and 39 in the six league matches.

“My dad was telling me to believe in myself. I was pretty worked up (last night),” she said, thinking of the final league match.

Carlson, Corr, Kendall Dusenberry and Jamie Corr claimed the Nos. 2 through 5 playoff spots from the Foothill League.

It is the first time in the league’s 11-year girls golf history that the top five golfers came from one school.

Hart shot a team score of 197 Wednesday. This marks the third straight Foothill League title for the Indians.

The Indians’ league title came almost as an afterthought, due to them being an overwhelming favorite.

Saugus finished second for the sixth straight match with a 226. The Centurions claimed second place and will join Hart in the CIF team postseason.

Joining the individuals will be Saugus’ Nicole DeFrancisco, who led the Centurions with a 43 Wednesday.

Her season strokes were 209, one better than teammate Catherine Walgamuth and tied with Jamie Corr.

“It’s just a big accomplishment,” DeFrancisco said. “Being able to go (to the playoffs), it shows all the hard work is paying off.”

Walgamuth will serve as an alternate for the postseason.

She could make it.

Because Lee has missed classes at Valencia due to her junior golf schedule, there is a chance she might not play in the postseason.

Lee said she was not sure, but was leaning toward playing.

“I’ve never been in that sort of experience,” Lee said. “I think it’ll be new and exciting when I go. If I go.”

Lee’s performance was a boost for Valencia, as the Vikings’ 225 edged West Ranch’s 236 Wednesday.

The Vikings edged the Wildcats by 11 strokes for the third and final team playoff spot on the season.

Golden Valley fielded only two golfers Wednesday, while Canyon didn’t send anybody.

Amanda Hobbs shot a 62 for the Grizzlies, who finished the season in fifth place.

Canyon ended its season in sixth.


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