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Hart scales another mountain

Indians girls golf team reaches the Southern California championship

Posted: November 9, 2009 11:12 p.m.
Updated: November 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.

The Hart High girls golf team poses with the runner-up plaque at the CIF-Southern Section Final on Monday in Pomona.

 
The ride continues.

Hart High’s girls golf team finished in second place Monday at the CIF-Southern Section Final at the par-72 Mountain Meadows Golf Course in Pomona.

The Indians now advance to next Monday’s CIF-WSCGA Foundation Southern California Girls Golf Championship, which doubles as the qualifier for the CIF State Championship.

Hart failed to get past the second round of the playoffs last season, despite winning the CIF-Southern section Northern Divisional.

“It feels so rewarding to know all the hard work in practice has paid off,” said Hart sophomore golfer Kendall Dusenberry.

Hart shot a team score of 385, which was outdistanced by Torrance’s 368.

Palm Desert (388) and Peninsula (391) also advanced to the WSCGA tournament.

Dusenberry said the Indians left for the course at 5 a.m. and started practicing at the driving range when it was still dark.

Hart’s scores were again bunched together as Brenna Carlson and Amanda Corr shot 74s and Dusenberry and Nikki Prichard added 78s. Jamie Corr shot an 81.

The Indians won last Thursday’s CIF-SS Northern Divisional also with scores that ranged from 74 to 81.

“They pulled it out and did it as a team. They all plugged together to get within (seven) strokes of each other,” said Hart assistant coach David Montgomery.

Dusenberry had to pull herself out of an early funk as she was 6-over after six holes. She made four birdies on her last nine holes and finished the final 12 at even-par.

“We always talk about how you can have one bad hole and recover from that and so I don’t know, I just focused after I made the turn,” Dusenberry said.

Torrance, though, sent a clear message that it is as good as advertised.

The two-time defending state champions’ throw-out score Monday was a 78.

Its five scores ranged from 71 to 76.

So Hart, which has a goal of making the CIF State Championship on Nov. 19 at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, will likely have to put up similar performances going forward.

The Indians are capable, as evidenced by their first two playoff performances.

“I think as a team we all know we can improve immensely individually, but as a team we’re playing really strong,” Dusenberry said.

The top three teams out of 10 from the WSCGA tournament will make the state championship.

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