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Can’t stop Hart

Indians, Dusenberry dominant at Woodley Lakes during league play

Posted: October 7, 2008 9:40 p.m.
Updated: December 9, 2008 5:00 a.m.

A slight cough would not wilt a budding golf prodigy Tuesday at Woodley Lakes Golf Course in Van Nuys.

In fact, neither age nor nothing else has halted Hart High freshman Kendall Dusenberry this Foothill League girls golf season.

The 14-year-old went out and conquered a more challenging course Tuesday, shooting a 3-under 34 to earn medalist honors and lead the Indians to their third team victory in three tries in league play.

"It is like a competition. I know all four of us (Hart's Dusenberry, Amanda Corr, Nikki Prichard and Brenna Carlson) play competitive golf outside of school," Dusenberry said. "We have the same intensity and same preparation as the tournaments on weekends."

It's hard to see how they've sustained the intensity having dominated each league match thus far.

The Indians (15-0) shot a team score of 194 on a longer, more hazardous course than last week's par-31 El Cariso Golf Course in Sylmar.

Next closest Tuesday was Saugus, with a team score of 205, followed by West Ranch at 234.

"Nah," answered head coach David Stradling on if the Centurions could overcome the Indians. "As well as we played today, we saw them. We got in the vicinity. But they're so talented."

That's not to undercut Saugus' performance, though.

The Centurions (11-4) shot a school record for a regulation golf course.

Factoring in the difference in strokes from the course last week, Stradling said it was a 30-shot improvement.

Saugus stalwart Tiara Wells bounced back from last week's 40 and shot a 38 to lead the Centurions Tuesday.

With Hart set up to grab at least a share of the league title Oct. 14 at Vista Valencia with a victory, the battle for the rest of the season will be for second place between Saugus and West Ranch (10-5).

Saugus took second place in the first and third league matches and West Ranch was second in league No. 2.

What does second place mean?

"It means you play with better golfers when you get to the playoffs," Stradling said.

That means a faster pace, better competition and better hole preference, which could all mean the difference between advancing or going home in the playoffs.

The Wildcats' best score came from Diane Kim with a 43.
Valencia (6-9) missed third place by a couple of strokes, settling on 236.

Holly Hind's 44 led the Vikings.

Canyon (2-13) took fifth place for the second consecutive match with a 316.

Katie Mulvihill led the Cowboys with a 52.

Brittany Suarez's 45 led Golden Valley (1-14). The Grizzlies shot a 319.

Hart golfers produced four of the top six scores Tuesday.
Prichard came in with a 37, followed by Corr and Carlson with 39s.

Saugus' Nicole De Francisco also shot a 39.

All those scores mean that the Most Valuable Player race remains tight, but the frontrunner is Dusenberry.

The young golfer was co-medalist with Corr last week with a 32.

Yet, MVP is not on her mind.

"I just go out and try as hard as I can," she said. "If I have a bad day, my team will pick me up. I'm not trying for league MVP, I'm just doing the best I can."

Her best included an eagle and three birdies Tuesday.


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