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Dusenberry dynamic at league finals

Hart girls claim top four spots

Posted: October 30, 2008 10:08 p.m.
Updated: January 1, 2009 5:00 a.m.

Kendall Dusenberry from Hart High on the 13th hole hitting from the fairway at Valencia Country Club playing in the Foothill league individual finals.

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There has been little doubt this girls golf season as to where the top spots from the Foothill League would come from - be it team or individual.

So, true to form, four Hart girls will represent the league in the CIF Northern Individual Regionals at Soule Park Golf Club Monday after their qualifying scores in Thursday's Foothill League Final at Valencia Country Club.

Those girls are Kendall Dusenberry, Amanda Corr, Nikki Prichard and Brenna Carlson.

The doubt, though, came from the fifth and final spot for individuals.

Would it come from another Hart golfer? Would it come down to Saugus and West Ranch to send its best golfer?

Or, because the league constitution gives the five spots to the five-best Foothill-League-Finals scores, would it be a wild card?

It came down to Saugus' best and West Ranch's best Thursday on the par-74 course and when the windy final round was over with, Saugus' consistent Tiara Wells came away as the final playoff-bound individual.

Wells shot a 90 Thursday for a 27-hole score, including the nine holes from Monday's round at Elkins Ranch, of 133.

Saugus head coach David Stradling said Wells walked off the course with doubt Thursday until he told her about the other scores.

Wells edged West Ranch's Sarah Kang by two strokes as Kang shot a 27-hole score of 135.

"She has really worked hard," Stradling said of Wells. "She wasn't happy Monday. As soon as she got to the parking lot, she told her mom, ‘We're going to the course.'"

Maybe it was the extra work that helped her, but Wells has been steady all season leading or co-leading Saugus four times in league play. She was four shots better than Kang Thursday.

Dusenberry claimed the league's Most Valuable Player Monday, shooting a 39. It was one stroke better than Corr during the season.

Nonetheless, Corr managed to be the best golfer in the Foothill League Finals - barely. She had to outlast teammate Carlson in a playoff that lasted three holes.

After going birdie-bogey on the first two, both golfers approached hole No. 1.

On a windy day, the weather didn't affect the golfers as much as something else, according to Corr.

The speedy greens wreaked havoc on everyone's game, forcing a large number of bogeys or worse and a lot of four- and five-putts.

Corr bogeyed No. 1, and then Carlson doubled.

"It was the greens there again," Corr said.

The victory was little consolation, though, as Corr was vying for MVP on Monday.

"I guess it's always nice to win something, but I knew it wasn't really important," Corr said of the finals victory. "We were going to individuals and that's all that mattered to me. Brenna and I were just joking around (in the playoff) like at practice."

Corr and Carlson each shot 123. Dusenberry and Prichard shot 124s.

It brings up an interesting point about the MVP honor. The MVP honor goes to the golfer with the best cumulative score from the first five Foothill events with their highest score dropped.

If the MVP honor had included the final event, Dusenberry and Corr would have tied for MVP, possibly setting up a playoff.


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