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Foothill golf: Monumental finale

Hart’s Jamie Corr claims MVP, West Ranch repeats as league champion, GV earns first playoff spot

Posted: October 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Hart senior Jamie Corr watches her shot hit off the sixth-hole fairway during Wednesday's Newhall Land Cup final at TPC Valencia. Corr won the Foothill League MVP.

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It’s not an exaggeration to say Wednesday was a monumental day in the history of prep girls golf in the Santa Clarita Valley at the sixth and final Foothill League match.

A family became nearly inarguably the greatest ever in the valley.

A team displayed its supremacy for the second year in a row.

And another team accomplished a feat that seemed unfathomable just two years ago.

In short, Hart senior Jamie Corr was crowned the Foothill League’s Most Valuable Player at TPC Valencia and her sister and freshman Katie made the CIF Individual golf postseason, West Ranch won its second straight Foothill League title and Golden Valley made the CIF team postseason for the first time in its six-year varsity history.

Starting with Jamie Corr, it’s the second time she has won the MVP in her career.

She did it as a sophomore in a surprise run, defeating the likes of her older sister and Hart great and University of San Francisco golfer Amanda Corr and two other NCAA Division I Hart golfers — Brenna Carlson and Nikki Prichard.

This time around, she had to hold off Golden Valley freshman Elisa Pierre.

Corr went into the day with a three-stroke lead for the season on Pierre.

Then, she went out and shot a 2-over 38 to claim medalist for the fifth time this season.

Pierre shot a 42 and was distanced from Corr for the season 188-194.

“It was important, but it wasn’t my No. 1 goal. But I’m glad that I won,” said Jamie Corr, whose postseason hopes are her real goals. “It was so intense today. I had to put my attention on every single shot today. Every single shot mattered.”

Corr is the sixth straight Hart golfer to win MVP — 2007 Amanda Corr, 2008 Kendall Dusenberry, 2009 Nikki Prichard, 2010 Jamie Corr and 2011 Dusenberry.

As for West Ranch, the Wildcats saw stiff competition from Hart and Golden Valley this season, but eventually won out.

The Wildcats shot a team score of 220 on Wednesday which put them at 1,092 strokes for the season, minus their high score — 54 strokes better than second place.

“It’s really significant,” said West Ranch senior Sarah Hong of the league championship. “I’ve been playing on varsity since I was a freshman and it’s good to see we could do this.”   

Now things get interesting.

Golden Valley and Hart tied for second place at 1,146 strokes minus the throw-out score.

Only the top three teams from the league advance to the CIF team postseason so both the Grizzlies, who never finished better than fifth place in any season, and the Indians advance.

But the tiebreaker for second place was who had the better throw-out score.

That was Hart with a 241 in the fourth league match to Golden Valley’s 245 in the second match.

Despite making program history, Golden Valley’s players were clearly distraught, as they wanted the satisfaction of finishing in second place above a perennial power like Hart.

“Am I happy? Yeah, I’m happy. Am I satisfied? Absolutely not because we left strokes on the golf course,” said Golden Valley head coach Tony Moskal. “But for us, to come from where we were is a credit to the work the girls put in as individuals.”

Golden Valley can be satisfied, though, that it completed another accomplishment.

The Grizzlies have two individuals in the postseason for the first time ever as senior Amanda Hobbs finished in fifth place overall in league.

The top eight golfers make the postseason, and they are in order — Jamie Corr, Pierre, Hong, West Ranch freshman Josie Lionetti, Hobbs, Katie Corr, Valencia’s Andrea Webster and Valencia’s Joyce Kim.

The individual postseason begins with Thursday’s Northern Individual Regional at River Ridge Golf Course in Oxnard.

The team postseason begins Monday at the Central Division Regional at Los Serranos Golf and Country Club in Chino Hills on Monday.

Notes: Jamie Corr won the Newhall Land Cup, which combined the fifth and sixth league matches and nine extra holes. She shot a 27-hole score of 4-over 112. Pierre was second with a 122. ... West Ranch won the team Newhall Land Cup with a score of 443. Hart was second at 466. ... The match marked the final one for Valencia head coach Andy Raevouri, the school’s only varsity girls golf head coach. He is retiring.

Foothill League final standings

Individual standings

1. Jamie Corr (Hart) 188*
2. Elisa Pierre (Golden Valley) 194*
T3. Sarah Hong (West Ranch) 207*
T3. Josie Lionetti (West Ranch) 207*
5. Amanda Hobbs (Golden Valley) 211*
6. Katie Corr (Hart) 218*
7. Andrea Webster (Valencia) 225*
8. Joyce Kim (Valencia) 227*
9. Michelle Kim (West Ranch) 228
10 Lauren Yi (Hart) 234
* — qualified for individual playoffs

Team Standings

1. West Ranch 1,092*
2. Hart 1,146**
3. Golden Valley 1,146*
4. Valencia 1,209
5. Saugus 1,343
6. Canyon DNQ
* — qualified for team playoffs
** — wins second-place tiebreaker


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