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Golf: Tough day for links locals

Valencia’s Lee ties for 32nd; West Ranch pair finish well back

Posted: August 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series wrapped up its Santa Clarita Valley leg on Thursday, and the locals had trouble keeping up with the pack.

Valencia sophomore Glen Lee was the best finisher among the three SCV players who took part in the boys division, ending up tied for 32nd place. It was the exact spot he finished in the event last year.

The other two golfers, West Ranch freshman Steven Moentmann and sophomore John McClafferty, finished tied for 61st and 68th, respectively, at the three-day tournament at Robinson Ranch. Hart High junior Jamie Corr also participated, but was disqualified on Wednesday after she submitted an inaccurate scorecard.

The Junior All-Star Series is a collection of 10 events played across the country that invites qualified golfers between the ages of 12-15.

This year’s Robinson Ranch version featured a field of 72 boys and 24 girls who played on the par-72 course, which measured 6,594 yards for the boys and 5,704 yards for the girls.

Lee shot a final-round 81 on Thursday to put his 54-hole total at 22-over, well behind winner Sahith Theegala’s even par. Lee’s best round came on Wednesday when he shot a 1-over 73.

Though he injured his wrist during the opening round on Tuesday, Lee, who played for Valencia’s varsity team last year, vowed to finish the tournament.

Moentmann started the day in 68th place, but posted his best score of the tournament, a 76, in the final round to move to a 36-over total. McClafferty carded a 95 on Thursday and ended up at 50-over for the tournament.

Lee gained entry to the tournament due to his status and rank as an American Junior Golf Association player, while the other three were given committee exemptions to register.


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