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Boys golf: League race gets tighter

Foothill golf: Battle for second place previewed as Valencia edges Saugus

Posted: March 23, 2010 10:50 p.m.
Updated: March 24, 2010 4:55 a.m.

West Ranch's J.J. Holden tees off on the second hole at Valencia Country Club on Tuesday. The Wildcats won the first Foothill League match of the season with a team score of 401.

 
It's not just the race for third place in Foothill League boys golf that will be tight in 2010.

Apparently it's the race for second as well.

As expected, the West Ranch boys team won the first Foothill match of the season with a team score of 401 Tuesday at Valencia Country Club.

Valencia took second place with a 426, led by medalist Jonathan Chang's even-par 72.

But Saugus was right on the Vikings' tails with a 431.
Had it not been for some high scores on the back end of the Centurions' lineup, it might have been a different story.

Andrew Moore posted a 75 for Saugus, yet the final four scores turned in averaged 89.

"I think we're right around that area," Moore said of his team's chance for a playoff spot. "I think it's going to be close to the last match."

The talent level has evened out a bit in the Foothill League, allowing the race to open up more this year than it has in the past.

There's no doubting that West Ranch has the edge, yet the Wildcats still haven't turned in their best effort this season.

"We haven't played good as a team," said West Ranch sophomore C.J. Espino, who led the wildcats with a 3-over 75. "We're still waiting for that round where all five of us play decent if not better."

Reigning All-Santa Clarita Valley co-Golfer of the Year J.J. Holen turned in a 76 for the Wildcats.

West Ranch's other three scores were 83, 83 and 84.

Chang, who said he has his sights set on the league MVP award, definitely showed that he will be a top contender.

The sophomore was consistent on Tuesday, parring holes No. 7 through 18.

"I just slowed down and thought my shots over twice," he said of his round. "I played my game and didn't worry about how others were playing."

Chang said he thinks his team can compete for the league title with West Ranch because of the back end of the Valencia lineup.

That back end, though, posted scores of 84, 85, 90 and 95.

Hart, which came in fourth, couldn't muster a score past the mid-80s, yet Tim Waschak turned in an 85.

The Indians' 447 was four strokes better than a playoff-hopeful Canyon team.

Cowboys senior golfer Justin Golden shot a 76, but Canyon was done in by tail-end scores of 97 and 100.

"My goal was for us to come in at least fourth," Golden said. "With the talent we have back, I thought we should be doing this much better. But I don't want to put my expectations too high."

Golden Valley's Sean Weiss put up an 85 to lead his Grizzlies to a 497.

The second Foothill match takes place next Wednesday at Robinson Ranch.


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