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Prep golf: Not so familiar at the top

West Ranch wins without its top returning player, while Golden Valley finishes second for

Posted: September 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

What’s bigger?

West Ranch winning the first Foothill League girls golf match of the season on Tuesday despite missing its best player from a year ago, or Golden Valley finishing in second place for the first time in school history.

Wildcats head coach Jeff Holen took a lot of pride in his girls’ collective performance, but looked at it in historical perspective.

“I definitely think Golden Valley finishing in second place,” Holen said. “I’m not saying it’s a given (that we’ll win the Foothill League title) until the last ball drops in the hole, but Golden Valley showed they have the potential.”

West Ranch finished first with a score of 187 at the par-31 El Cariso Golf Course in Sylmar, despite not having sophomore Julie Ward, per coach’s decision.

Golden Valley shot a team score of 194.

The school had never finished better than fourth place at any league match since its varsity program began competing in 2006.

There was some hype behind both teams coming into the season — that West Ranch was the consensus favorite to repeat as Foothill champions and that Golden Valley was poised to have a breakout year.

Both teams showed why those were the expectations.

“I told the girls we needed to come and do well because if we didn’t, none of it means anything,” said Golden Valley head coach Tony Moskal. “All this Golden Valley means this and that. But it meant nothing if we didn’t shoot well.”

The Grizzlies were led by freshman Elisa Pierre, who shared medalist honors with Hart’s Jamie Corr.

Both shot even-par 31s.

Golden Valley also received a 38 from Amanda Hobbs and a 39 from Illeana Dullas.

West Ranch was led by its own freshman in Josie Lionetti and senior Sarah Hong with a pair of 33s. Jamie Lee added a 39.

Hart finished in third place with a 198.

Corr, who finished in second place individually last season in Foothill play, asserted herself early as a potential Foothill League Most Valuable Player.

Though she said that’s not her concern.

“My goal is to get further in CIF (playoffs) than last year,” said Corr, who was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in 2011. “I’m pretty content with (Tuesday’s round), but I know I could have shot better.”

Her sister and freshman Katie Corr shot a 37 for Hart.

Valencia finished in fourth place with a 212, led by Andrea Webster and Joyce Kim with 40s.

Saugus shot a 255, with Brittney Eidem shooting a 44.

Canyon didn’t have enough golfers to qualify for a team score, though Tiana Yamaoka shot a 46.

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