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No longer in question as West Ranch golf locks in on title

W.R. settles one race by all-but locking up league title

Posted: April 23, 2013 10:43 p.m.
Updated: April 23, 2013 10:43 p.m.

West Ranch's Joey Downey putts on the third green on Tuesday at TPC Valencia. Downey sits in first place in the league standings.

 

Decisions, decisions, decisions and decisions.

Well, at least one of those was made on Tuesday at TPC Valencia in the Foothill League’s fifth golf match.

The Foothill League championship was pretty much decided and West Ranch made it unfathomable for any team to overtake it with one league match left to play — the ultimate decider which takes place today again at TPC Valencia.

The Wildcats hold a 51-stroke lead over second-place Hart in the Foothill League standings.

What’s left to be determined today is Foothill League Most Valuable Player and playoff positioning for team and individual postseason berths.

Two of those three also seem to have little drama going into the day.

Wildcats senior Joey Downey holds a seven-stroke lead over second-place Hart golfer Glen Lee, and no golfer in the Foothill has been more consistent than Downey this season.

Hart holds a 99-stroke lead for second place over Valencia, which is holding on to the final CIF postseason spot and third place in the Foothill by 26 strokes over Saugus.

The real drama is in the individual postseason berths.

Seven spots are guaranteed and West Ranch’s Steven Moentmann is sixth overall at 323 strokes, followed by Hart’s Nick Negrosa (325), Hart’s Paul Schneider (326) and West Ranch’s Jack McClafferty (327).

If McClafferty can leapfrog the two Hart golfers, it would put four West Ranch individuals in the postseason, which goes to show the Wildcats’ strength this season.

No one’s been close to Downey, though, whose 2-over 74 on Tuesday led the Wildcats to their fifth straight Foothill win — this time with an overall score of 415.

“It’s been part of what’s expected,” Downey said of West Ranch’s success. “It feels like (the Foothill title) is not a big deal, and I know that sounds bad, but we expect to win.”

Downey said his goal is to just stay relaxed today in order to win the Foothill MVP.

Lee has been on his heels this whole season and appeared to be getting even closer on Tuesday, but he finished his round with five bogeys in a row and a double-bogey on 18.

He still managed to shoot a 78 to lead the Indians to a second-place 434 on Tuesday.

“Honestly, if I play good and Joey magically messes up, (I have a chance),” Lee said of the MVP. “But it’s Joey Downey. He’s a very consistent player. He never plays bad.”

It’s been a bad season for Golden Valley, a program that had high hopes going into the season, but is in sixth place overall entering today.

The team had its signature moment Tuesday, though, as freshman Jonathan Kang shot a 1-over 73 to take medalist honors.

“I was confident in my shots and it resulted in good scores,” Kang said. “It’s been rough (this season) ... but it will be really cool to be a freshman and make the postseason.”

Kang is fourth overall individually in league.

Valencia finished in third on Tuesday with a 436, paced by Quinton Tilley’s 83.

Saugus shot a 452, relying on Braden Lewis who turned in a 77.

Golden Valley shot a 457 and Canyon rounded things out with a 485, led by Jason Prins’ 88.

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