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The end, but the beginning

The Hart High girls golf team fails to make the state finals, yet there is still a lot of hope for

Posted: November 13, 2008 10:11 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2008 4:55 a.m.
 

The promising Hart girls golf team failed to advance to the CIF State Championship Thursday - and it's not a big deal.

Consider the recent past and the future for the Indians.

Hart took home the first ever CIF plaque in Santa Clarita Valley girls golf history by winning the CIF-Southern Section Northern Team Divisional Monday.

And to beat a dead horse - the core of the Indians team will likely return for two more years.

So by shooting a team score of 443 and finishing eighth among 16 teams at Thursday's CIF-SS Team Final at Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande, the Indians aren't so much as ending their season as much as starting their march.

That march, with talented sophomores Amanda Corr, Nikki Prichard, Brenna Carlson and freshman Kendall Dusenberry, could lead them to the state final down the line. More so, it could lead them to a state title.

"I think this year was good preparation for next year actually," Corr said. "I think we'll all be more experienced with the whole operation and know what we need to do to get better. I think we can only get better."

A scary thought for the Indians' competition.

Carlson led all Hart golfers on the par-72 Peter Jacobsen course Thursday. The Indian shot an 83.

Torrance High led the way with a 390.

The medalist was Beverly Vatananugulkit of Cerritos High with a 73.

Torrance was probably the favorite going in, but to give an example of how tough the course played, the Tartars shot a 357 at the Southern Team Divisional Monday in Chino.

So it's easy to see the 33 stroke difference for Hart from Monday also.

"I was working hole No. 17, a short par-3, and in the first six groups there were only two pars out of 24 girls," said Hart head coach Renee Onori. "That tells you how the course was playing."

Wind was one of the agents involved in creating havoc. Corr said it had its biggest effect on the greens.

Golfers had to walk to their balls timidly as to not shake the them loose. They also had to adjust their putting.

It affected Corr the most on holes 16, 17 and 18 where she went triple-bogey, double-bogey, triple-bogey.
Onori said the biggest issue with her team, though, was an unfamiliarity with the course.

Three of her golfers have played the course before.

She noted how Torrance has played the course twice.

"I as a coach learned for my girls that to be able to compete at a course like this, they have to have competed at the course," Onori said.

She said she will try and schedule matches next season where CIF playoffs are held in hopes of helping the young team.

The youngest of the golfers, Dusenberry, matched Corr's 84. Prichard chipped in an 89.

Corr, Prichard and Saugus' Tiara Wells will compete in Monday's WSCGA Individual Tournament. Should they make the cut, they advance to the next day's state championship at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga.

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