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Lee passes on individual postseason

Valencia golfer wins Wednesday’s VCC Invitational, but will later concentrate on a junior tourname

Posted: October 28, 2009 10:36 p.m.
Updated: October 28, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Valencia High freshman golfer Alison Lee tees off on the first hole Wednesday at Valencia Country Club in the Foothill Invitational.

The golf accolades continue to pile up for Valencia freshman Alison Lee.

Lee took top honors once again, winning the Valencia Country Club Invitational on Wednesday with a 76 on the par-74 Valencia Country Club course in her last individual performance of the season for Valencia.

It was a solid seven days of play for the freshman, who won the Newhall Land Cup on Oct. 21, taking the two-day, 27-hole cup by three strokes with a 2-under 106.

However Lee, who is ranked No. 7 nationally by the American Junior Golf Association, will forgo the individual portion of the CIF playoffs due to a scheduling conflict, but will play for Valencia in team competition.  

“It collides with (the AJGA Polo Golf Junior Classic) next month, and if I make it all the way (to the CIF state championship) I would have to miss it anyway,” Lee said.

Since Lee will be playing in a national junior tournament that coincides with CIF state playoffs, she is relinquishing her spot to Saugus’ Catherine Walgamuth, who finished seventh in overall Foothill League scores.

The top six scores and Newhall Land Cup winner qualified for the postseason with the seventh serving as an alternate.

The event was an invitation-only, 18-hole competition for the top 18 golfers in the Foothill League. It was also open to any member of a team that qualified for CIF playoffs, which included Hart, Saugus and Valencia.

“It was a little windy and a little cold,” said Hart golf coach Renee Onori, who noted that the weather had a real effect on play for the first time this season. “The girls did fair, they didn’t do great.”

Lee wasn’t impressed with her score either because it was 2-over par.

“(The conditions are) good for the practice because when I’m playing a round of golf, it’s not always going to be a perfect green, a perfect lie ... the wind especially,” Lee said. “I think that helped because I haven’t played in conditions like this all year.”

Hart’s Amanda Corr came in second place with a 77 and Kendall Dusenberry, also from Hart, finished third with an 81 to round out the top three.

Onori said the exhibition tournament was meant to be more of a tuneup for CIF individual and team playoffs, which begin next Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.

In that sense, it was a great lesson for all of its participants, Onori said.

“I think that for each of (the golfers), what they were looking at was the conditions of the course,” Onori said. “Because of the wind and the temperature, they all of the sudden realized that they should have worn an extra shirt or a jacket. It was all about learning what we can from this round.”

The next round will be the first round of CIF individual playoffs, which starts 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Soule Park Golf Club in Ojai.
In addition to Walgamuth, Hart’s Nikki Prichard, Brenna Carlson, Corr, Dusenberry, Jamie Corr and Saugus’ Nicole DeFrancisco will also represent the Foothill League in the competition.

The team portion will begin on Thursday at 10 a.m. on the Cypress Ridge Golf Course in San Luis Obispo.



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