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Foothill League golf: Wildcats win fourth league match

Valencia’s Jonathan Chang moves into position for league MVP

Posted: April 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

West Ranch boys golf took another step toward winning its fifth straight Foothill League title on Tuesday and Valencia golfer Jonathan Chang took his own toward achieving the Foothill League Most Valuable Player.

The Wildcats won their fourth league match out of five by shooting a team score of 391 on the par-72 TPC Valencia course.

Valencia finished second with a 406, led by Chang’s medalist 2-over 74 during what doubles as the first day of the two-day Newhall Land Cup.

On Thursday, the Foothill League season marks its end with the sixth league match, which will also be played at TPC Valencia.

It will determine the Foothill League team champion and league MVP — which go to the team and individual with the lowest amount of strokes minus one throw-out score. Playoff placement will also be determined as the top three teams in league are guaranteed spots in the CIF postseason and the top seven individuals will go on to the CIF individual postseason.

As of right now, the Vikings are in second place, followed by Saugus, then Hart.

Saugus and Hart tied with team scores of 411 on Tuesday.

There is a possibility that the CIF could accept the Foothill’s fourth team as an at-large playoff entrant.

West Ranch, meanwhile, holds a 52-stroke lead over Valencia in the race for the league title.

In order for Valencia to take first place from West Ranch, it would have to have its best day and hope West Ranch has an awful one.

Possible, but not likely.

Chang, though, has been near par in four of five league contests.

He has a four-stroke lead for MVP over West Ranch’s Joey Downey coming into Thursday.

Chang also leads Downey, who shot a 75, for the Newhall Land Cup, which Chang has won the last two seasons.

West Ranch has others in the mix as Casey May shot a 76 and Isaac Kim and Brandon Dooley shot 77s.

Valencia’s Glen Lee also shot a 75, as did Saugus’ Zack Leonard.

Hart’s Kyle Del Valle shot a 76.

Canyon’s Alek Golden led his team, which shot a 450, with a 78.

Harrison Edwards turned in an 87 as Golden Valley shot a 467.

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