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Hart girls golf's record season comes to a close

Indians fall just shy of state championship

Posted: November 16, 2009 11:01 p.m.
Updated: November 17, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Personal goals were never mentioned throughout the season.

A Foothill League title took a huge backseat.

The Hart High girls golf team had tunnel vision focused on the CIF state championship.

Monday, the Indians fell just short of the goal.

Hart concluded the greatest prep girls golf season in Santa Clarita Valley history by finishing fifth at the CIF-WSCGA Foundation Southern California Girls Golf Championship at the par-72 SCGA Golf Course in Murrieta.

The top three teams Monday morning — Torrance (379), Torrey Pines (390) and Peninsula (391) — advanced to Thursday’s state championship at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

Hart shot a 402.

“Initially we were all disappointed. We wanted to make it to Poppy Hills,” said Hart junior Brenna Carlson. “After a couple of seconds, we wore off the disappointment, looked at each other and said, ‘We’ll make it next season.’”

The event also doubled as the Southern California individual final and qualifier for the state individual championship.

The cut for that was 73.

Carlson shot a 74.

Teammate Nikki Prichard, the 2009 Foothill League Most Valuable Player, shot a 75.

Amanda Corr (77), Kendall Dusenberry (87) and Jamie Corr (89) rounded out the Indians’ scoring.

Carlson said the greens were fast Monday and the team had to be very precise with its shots.

The Indians played a practice round at the course Sunday, but head coach Renee Onori said in the future she will try and get more practice rounds at postseason courses.

Nonetheless, she said her team was very prepared going into Monday and that the entire body of work is what this Hart girls golf team should be remembered for.

“It was the most successful year we have had,” Onori said. “The girls did a great job. Golf’s a funny game. You can have a bad round (any time). We were fortunate we didn’t see that all year.”

Yet the Indians shot scores of 383 and 385, respectively, in the first two rounds of the CIF postseason.

The 383 gave Hart its second consecutive CIF-Southern Section Northern Team Divisional championship.

Hart became the first team in the history of the Santa Clarita Valley to ever make the WSCGA event, going one round farther than it did last year.

Now the Indians are primed to take the next step next season.

Carlson, Prichard and Amanda Corr will be seniors.

Dusenberry will be a junior.

Jamie Corr will be a sophomore.

“I think all of us are thinking ‘How am I going to practice tomorrow? What went wrong that I need to work on?’” Amanda Corr said. “I see great things for next season.”

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