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Prep golf: Chang is the last standing

Valencia senior qualifies for CIF/SCGA Tournament; West Ranch’s Kim, Dooley both miss the cut

Posted: May 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Valencia High senior golfer Jonathan Chang played old-fashioned boring golf on Monday, and because of it, he is the last Foothill League golfer standing in the CIF state golf playoffs.

Chang shot a 1-over 73 and finished tied for 12th overall at the CIF-Southern Section Individual Finals/SCGA Qualifier at Victoria Country Club in Riverside.

The cut was at 75, and West Ranch golfers Isaac Kim (78) and Brandon Dooley (81) missed it.

The medalist was Camarillo High’s Johnny Ruiz, who shot a 6-under 66 and 28 golfers moved on to the next round.

Chang will now compete at the CIF/SCGA Tournament on May 31 at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena.

“Honestly, I played perfect today,” Chang said.

Not exactly perfect, but in comparison to how he felt the last month, perfect.

The Foothill League Most Valuable Player made five bogeys and four birdies.

He was hitting fairways and greens throughout his round, but did struggle a bit on the greens.

Yet Chang said he didn’t want to be aggressive with his putter.

He passed up a couple of opportunities on the greens and decided to play it safe.

That safety now leads him one round short of the state championship.

Chang said in order to make it, he’ll have to shoot in the 60s — something he’s capable of doing.

He made the SCGA Tournament/Southern California Championship in 2010 as a sophomore, but shot a 2-over 74, failing to advance to the state final.

“I can’t make mistakes,” he said of May 31. “I have to play good golf, play like I did today and make putts.”

Kim and Dooley concluded their prep careers on Monday.

This was the first time either had made an individual postseason.

Kim was even after his first nine holes, but made six straight bogeys on his back nine. He said he started to feel good about himself too early.

“I thought I could have played a pretty good round, but I don’t know what happened,” Kim said. “Honestly I just fell apart. Sometimes I think (getting ahead of yourself) kind of ruins it.”

Dooley said his trouble was with the greens.

On the par-5 No. 15 hole, he was on the greens in two, but ended up three-putting for par.

That’s where he knew things weren’t going his way.

“I left a lot of shots out there,” Dooley said. “I definitely feel like I could have made the cut. Even though I’m disappointed, I’m happy I got this far.”

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