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Foothill League golf: Favorites first

West Ranch wins league match No. 1

Posted: March 27, 2013 9:25 p.m.
Updated: March 27, 2013 9:25 p.m.

West Ranch's Steven Moentmann stares down a tee shot at Robinson Ranch on Wednesday.

 

No surprise and surprise.

That’s how one could characterize the first Foothill League boys golf match of the season on Wednesday at Robinson Ranch.

Preseason Foothill League favorite West Ranch shot an adjusted team score of 385 to win the first match on the par-71 Mountain Course and preseason league most valuable player favorite Wildcat Joey Downey shot a medalist performance 1-over 72.

But sneaking in was West Ranch teammate Steven Moentmann, who had considerably less hype on him coming into 2013, matching Downey’s 72.

“We were just trying to put up good numbers as a team. Trying to put ourselves in a position where we could play,” the sophomore Moentmann said.

Good numbers is why West Ranch outdistanced second-place Hart, which had an adjusted score of 409.

The Wildcats had five sub-80 scores — Logan Hornstein (78), Jack McClafferty (79) and Danny DiMaria (79).

Hart had just one score in the 70s — Nick Negrosa’s 76.

Saugus came in third with a 436, led by Braden Lewis’ 75.

The other surprise of the day was Canyon’s 437 — just one stroke off a third-place tie.

Canyon had not finished above fifth place in the last four seasons in any Foothill match.

“There’s a huge amount of pride watching the kids play the way we wanted to see them play,” said Canyon head coach Brian Ingino.

The Cowboys were led by Cory Fay’s 80, Kory Abel’s 82, Jason Prins’ 84.

Ingino said he’s not putting any pressure on his kids to perform, despite today’s second league match at Robinson Ranch being the last of what amounts to be their home course this season.

As proud as Canyon is of its finish, Valencia felt the disappointment of a fifth-place mark.

The Vikings shot a 455, led by Quintin Tilley’s 83.

Golden Valley, another promising team, shot a 456, led by freshman Jonathan Kang’s 79.

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