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CIF golf: No luck for locals in team playoffs

West Ranch finishes highest among Foothill League schools

Posted: October 23, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 23, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

It’s been a quiet Foothill League championship season for the West Ranch girls golf team.

While a Hart golfer was the best in the Foothill League and Golden Valley’s girls golf team was the feel-good story of the year, the Wildcats were somewhat overshadowed.

Despite not advancing in the first round of the CIF girls golf postseason, the Wildcats were again the best team from the Foothill League at the event.

West Ranch shot a team score of 460 to finish eighth out of 22 teams at the CIF-Southern Section Central Division team championship on Monday at Los Serranos Golf & Country Club, North Course in Chino Hills.

The top four teams from the event advanced to next Monday’s Southern Section championship.

Those four teams were Palos Verdes (393), Mira Costa (403), North Torrance (411) and Torrance (418).

The Wildcats finished as they did in Foothill play among Santa Clarita Valley teams as Hart shot a 482 to finish 13th overall and Golden Valley shot a 496 to finish 19th overall.

“It’s a team effort year,” said West Ranch head coach Jeff Holen. “When you look, we didn’t have an individual medalist (during Foothill League play). It was a team effort, a team that works together. The camaraderie and team cohesiveness was good. It was something they’ll remember.”

West Ranch’s best score came from sophomore Julie Ward, who missed the first two Foothill League matches of the season.

Regardless of those absences, she was one of the best individual performers in the league in 2012.

She shot a 9-over 83 at the par-74 course on Monday.

Senior Sarah Hong had the next best Wildcats score at 88 and freshman Josie Lionetti followed with a 92.

Hart meanwhile was led by the same star performer it has had been led by all season long — senior Jamie Corr, who posted the best local score with a 5-over 79.

Her sister and freshman Katie Corr shot an 85.

The competition in the Central Division is considered tougher than the Northern Division, where the Foothill League has resided in years past.

The Southern Section shifted the Foothill to the Central Division this year after a string of strong performances by Hart between 2007 and 2010 when it was the dominant force in the valley, boasting four NCAA Division I golfers and Northern Division championships in 2008 and 2009.

“I definitely think it’s a tougher division to be in,” said Hart head coach Renee Onori. “It was good. Definitely a really challenging course for the girls.”

For Golden Valley, it was the program’s first team playoff in school history after five seasons of never finishing better than fifth place overall in league.

On Monday, freshman Elisa Pierre led the team with an 82 and Amanda Hobbs shot an 88.

“From where we’ve come to a situation like today where none of them have ever played in anything like this before, to see all these schools and say ‘Do we belong?’ Yeah you do,” said Golden Valley head coach Tony Moskal of his team.

“Did we play really well today? No. Was that my main goal going into today? Yeah. I wanted them to shoot well today. But they had fun. They all made new friends. They all get along.”

The teams are done, but the individuals remain, as on Thursday, the CIF-SS Northern Individual Regional will be played at River Ridge Golf Course, Vineyard Course, in Oxnard.

Jamie Corr, Pierre, Hong, Lionetti, Hobbs, Katie Corr, Valencia’s Andrea Webster and Valencia’s Joyce Kim will all play.

It will be hard to find a more determined golfer than Jamie Corr, though, as the reigning Foothill League Most Valuable Player has said all year that her focus has been on advancing far in the postseason.

“Her work ethic is unbelievable, and she’s so focused on that golf course and she prepares so well,” Onori said.
For next year, her graduation will have a large effect on the Indians.

Underclassmen Katie Corr and Lauren Yi have been the team’s most consistent golfers after Jamie.

Golden Valley will have Pierre and Illeanna Dullas, but Hobbs will be gone.

West Ranch will have Ward and Lionetti with Hong graduating.

It could be anybody’s league in 2013.

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