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2012 All-SCV Boys Golfer of the Year: Modified and mastered

Valencia’s top golfer had to reinvent his game, but it paid off

Posted: June 19, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 19, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Valencia senior golfer Jonathan Chang was a medalist in four of six Foothill League matches this year.

One mid-June day, Valencia golf coach Robert Waters was asked about the whereabouts of Jonathan Chang — the now Valencia High graduate.

He said something to the tune of: He’s on the golf course right now. He’s on the golf course yesterday. He’s on the golf course tomorrow.

Actually, Waters was wrong that day.

Chang was on a plane to New Jersey for a recruiting trip to Rutgers University.

But it’s because of his dedication to the game and the skill he has that Rutgers would want to talk to the 18-year-old golfer face to face.

In the Santa Clartia Valley, it was clear from day one in 2012 that Chang was the premier golfer in the area.

That proclamation was made on March 27 when Chang shot a 3-over 75 at Valencia Country Club.

He was the medalist in the Foothill League opener.

That day, he said he was starting to feel his game changing for the better.

In 2010, he was the Foothill League Most Valuable Player. But feeling he peaked with his mechanics, he went and changed them, which produced a disappointing junior season in his eyes.

Though he still made the individual postseason, he wasn’t a factor in the Foothill League MVP race.

But it was a prize that was one of his targets this year.

In four of six Foothill League matches, the golf junkie was the medalist.

His scores helped Valencia achieve a second-place finish — which may have been a surprise being that the Vikings were slotted for third place by preseason prognostications.

As for Chang, he was the favorite coming in and he delivered.

In the playoffs, he was steady. Despite Valencia not advancing, he shot a 3-over 75 at the CIF-Southern Section Northern Team Regional.

In individual postseason play, he shot 75 (Northern Individual Regional), 73 (Southern Section Finals) and 78 (CIF/SCGA Tournament/Southern California championship).

As a freshman entering the Foothill League, he was talked about as a future star.

Chang had all the makings — he was tall and getting stronger; he had a short game and was impressive off the tee; he was steady; and he worked.

He was always on the golf course.

Odds are, that’s where our choice for the 2012 All-Santa Clarita Valley Boys Golfer of the Year is right now.


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