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All locals miss cut at CIF golf playoffs

Seven Foothill League athletes fall in opening round CIF-Southern Section individual postseason

Posted: May 13, 2013 11:08 p.m.
Updated: May 13, 2013 11:08 p.m.
 

There’s one word for it — shock.

It has been at least a decade since the Foothill League didn’t have any of its golfers advance past the first round of the CIF playoffs.

On Monday, at River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Individual Regional, not one Foothill Leaguer made the cut of 77 on the par-72 Vineyard Course.

West Ranch’s Casey May and Golden Valley’s Jonathan Kang came the closest, as both shot 78s.

May’s was the most heartbreaking finish.

He faced a short par-3 on his final hole, but triple bogeyed it.

“I was pretty disappointed. Going into my last hole and then blowing up,” said May, who will be going to Coastal Carolina University in the fall to study to become a head golf professional. “I came off a birdie on a par-5 thinking green, par, move on to the second round. I got a bad kick off into the bunker and got a terrible lie.”

West Ranch’s Joey Downey, the Foothill League’s Most Valuable Player, shot an 81 on the day.

He said he just couldn’t seem to get it going and was baffled by the result of his own play.

“I think we were all dumbfounded,” said Downey, who will play golf next year for The Master’s College, of no locals advancing. “We were all in disbelief.”

Saugus junior Braden Lewis shot a 79.

Hart junior Nick Negrosa added an 82.

Hart’s Glen Lee, who made the third round of four in the CIF postseason in 2011, shot an 83.

West Ranch junior Jack McClafferty shot an 84.

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