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Hart reaches new low

Indians shoot Foothill League-record score of 173 in Sylmar

Posted: October 1, 2008 6:40 p.m.
Updated: December 3, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Another week, another accomplishment for the Hart girls golf team.

Considered to be one of the top teams in the Los Angeles area, the Indians cruised to a first-place finish at Foothill League match No. 2 Wednesday at El Cariso Golf Course in Sylmar.

Hart shot a Foothill League record score of 173 on the par-31 course, led by their powerful underclassmen foursome.

Freshman Kendall Dusenberry and defending league Most Valuable Player Amanda Corr shot medalist rounds of 32.
They were each one stroke better than teammates Brenna Carlson and Nikki Prichard, who both shot 33s.

"Look at my team's play so far this season. A different person would be coming in No. 1 (for a given match)," said Hart head coach Renee Onori. "There really are four No. 1 players on this team."

The Indians shot a team score of 175 on Sept. 25, 2007 to achieve the previous record.

Hart (10-0), the overwhelming favorite for a league title, has left little doubt about a championship early on in the season after two straight league wins.

The doubt falls in after first place.

West Ranch created it Wednesday.

The Wildcats, who finished third in League No. 1 at Vista Valencia Golf Course, vaulted to second place with a team score of 188.

They shaved off 22 strokes from Sept. 23.

It helped that El Cariso offers less of a challenge, with its shorter, less hazardous course than Vista Valencia Golf Course.

Yet every team benefited.

The Wildcats (7-3) took advantage thanks to their top two golfers.

Sarah Kang and Diane Kim each shot 36s.

"This I would consider our breakout day," said West Ranch head coach Jeff Holen. "These are the numbers I expected from the five girls. We still have some room for improvement if we want to get to CIF (playoffs), but this should get us to the spot I thought we'd be at."

West Ranch tied Hart with four players shooting in the 30s and now creates some competition for second place the rest of the season.

Taking third place was Saugus at 204, led by Nicole DeFrancisco's 36.

The biggest difference for the Centurions (7-3) from last week was three golfers with poorer scores than in League No. 1.

Valencia (4-6) improved 36 strokes to shoot a nine-hole score of 225.

Sue Chung shot a team-best 40.

Canyon and Golden Valley flip-flopped from League No. 1.
The Cowboys (1-9) finished fifth Wednesday with a 260.
Jenna Loucks and Katie Mulvihill each turned in 46s.

Golden Valley's Brittany Suarez turned in another under-40 performance with a 39. The Grizzlies (1-9) shot a 280.

But again, it was Hart's day.

Dusenberry had one misstep on an otherwise par-filled day. She bogeyed No. 4.

Corr had three bogeys and two birdies.

Next for much of the Foothill League is a non-league match today at DeBell Golf Course in Burbank for the DeBell Tournament.

It should be a good test, as 30 high schools will be represented.

Hart finished second last season.

The six teams from the Santa Clarita Valley will reconvene Tuesday for Foothill No. 3 at the more challenging par-37 Woodley Lakes Golf Course in Van Nuys.


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