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Foothill League boys golf: Making moves

Top three teams, individuals take shape

Posted: April 20, 2010 10:05 p.m.
Updated: April 21, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Canyon High's Justin Golden follows his shot at Robinson Ranch on Tuesday. He shot a 6-over 77.

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If the Foothill League golf season was broken up into rounds, consider moving day on the horizon.

No one’s going to catch West Ranch, as the Wildcats claimed their fourth out of four league matches on Tuesday at Robinson Ranch with a team score of 373.

West Ranch’s C.J. Espino was also medalist with a 2-under 69 and all five West Ranch scores were under 80.

Next week, though, marks the two-day Newhall Land Cup/Foothill League matches No. 5 and 6. No. 6 is the league finale and all three team CIF playoff spots will be determined as well as the six individual playoff slots and league Most Valuable Player.

As it stands today, Valencia holds a 10-stroke lead over Saugus for second place and the Centurions hold a comfortable 83-stroke lead for the third and final spot over Canyon.

On Tuesday, in the pelting rain at Robinson Ranch, Saugus finished second at 408, followed by Valencia at 418. Canyon was fourth with 423.

Despite a couple of second-place finishes by Saugus, it’s been Valencia’s consistency that has led to its 10-stroke lead.

The Vikings have shot no worse than 426 and no better than 413 in league play, with a pair of 418s.

Saugus’ gap is wider with a best of 408 and a worst of 434.

But Saugus closed the total stroke gap on Tuesday thanks to three sub-80 scores, led by Andrew Moore’s 78.

A major difference was the play of Valencia’s Jonathan Chang, a golfer with an argument as the best player in the Foothill League.

Chang struggled on Tuesday with an 81.

Valencia was led by Daniel Kim’s 76.

Canyon, meanwhile, needs to make big moves next week.

With its most talented team in at least a decade, the Cowboys had their best day of the season thus far.

Yet they need to take an even bigger leap next week.

Justin Golden led them with a 77.

Hart posted a 453 and stands 98 strokes behind Saugus for the third and final team playoff spot.

The Indians got an 81 from Zach Blake.

Golden Valley turned in a 504, led by Tyler Pearlman’s 90.

West Ranch was able to turn in an even better score, by one stroke, than the previous league match at Robinson Ranch, despite the rain.

It was all about keeping it cool in the cool rain.

“In the back of my mind, you’re thinking, ‘Don’t let go of my club,’” Espino said. “We just stayed focused.”

Espino’s total strokes this year add up to 290 (215 dropping his highest score).

He is in front of teammate J.J. Holen, who is at 293 (215).

Chang can throw out today’s score and he sits at 217 in the three-horse race for MVP.

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