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Prep golf: Valencia's Jonathan Chang’s CIF run comes to end

Golfer falls short of bid for state tourny

Posted: June 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Right when Valencia senior golfer Jonathan Chang was just starting to feel good about his game, he lost it.

Chang shot a 6-over 78 on Thursday at the CIF/Southern California Golf Association Tournament, failing to advance to next Wednesday’s CIF State Championship.

“Pretty much nothing was going right for me today,” Chang said.

The senior was the last man standing from the Foothill League in the CIF postseason.

This was the second Southern California championship appearance of his career.

He also made it as a sophomore but didn’t advance.

This time around, Chang said he knew he was off after his first shot.

His shot drifted off the tee and landed in another fairway to his left.

Chang hit four fairways the entire day and made seven greens in regulation — far off his normally steady play.

He ended up making a birdie on that first hole, but was 2-over after nine holes, then 4-over on the back nine.

“It was just a sloppy day,” Chang said. “Even though I did make a birdie, it wasn’t a great birdie. It was just luck really.”

The cut to advance to the state championship was at even-par 72.

Bryson Dechambeau of Clovis East had the day’s top score with a 6-under 66.

This concludes Chang’s stellar prep career, which included two Foothill League Most Valuable Player prizes (2010, 2012).

He has been academically accepted to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the University of Arizona.

Rutgers University will be scouting him next week at a junior tournament in Arizona, he said.

“I think I did a pretty good job (in high school),” Chang said. “It was fun. I loved playing on this team. I’m going to miss it. It was a great experience. The great competition kept me on my feet.”

Said Valencia head coach Robert Waters: “It was a fun ride. He was a very solid player. From my (three-year varsity) coaching tenure, he’s the best I’ve coached for golf. He set a high standard for Valencia golf. ... I’ll miss him, but look forward to seeing what he can do in the future because he’s definitely not done.”

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