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Foothill golf roundup: League is wide open

Posted: April 29, 2014 10:29 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2014 10:29 p.m.

Hart High's Lorenzo Torres hits off the first tee at Valencia Country Club on Tuesday

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All of a sudden West Ranch boys golf is looking vulnerable.

And it’s opening the door for multiple teams to make a run at ending West Ranch’s run of six straight Foothill League titles.

In the Foothill League’s No. 3 match at Valencia Country Club on Tuesday, Hart pulled off its second straight league victory with an overall score of 409 to edge Golden Valley’s 413.

Valencia followed in third place with a 416 and West Ranch came in at a season-worst fourth with a 420.

Though it’s far too early to panic, the Wildcats’ finish was at the very least head-turning on a windy and treacherous day of golf.

There were a few players who braved the conditions though, namely Golden Valley sophomore Jonathan Kang, who was the day’s medalist with an even-par 72.

“I just took my time out there,” said Kang, who offset four bogeys with four birdies on the day. “If a gust came out, I waited till it ended and I just hit the ball when I felt confident.”

Kang also noted that his putter was on point for the round. He said he didn’t miss anything inside 10 feet.

Kang’s teammate Kameron Hobbs was right behind with a second-place score of 75.

Saugus came in at fifth place as a team with a 427 and Canyon rounded out the day with a 475.

Hart was led, for the second league match in a row, by Cory David, who carded a 78. Hart also received an 81 from Nick Negrosa and an 82 from Lorenzo Torres.

“Golf, in many instances, is an individual sport, but we’ve got them to buy into this team concept where it takes five scorers so they’re coming together at the right time,” said Hart head coach Steve Lindberg.

Though Hart has now won two of three league matches, West Ranch continues to lead the overall standings after a throw-out score is calculated.

Each team is allowed to toss out its worst score of the six-match league season.

That leaves West Ranch at 803 strokes overall ahead of Hart at 810, Valencia at 825, Golden Valley at 831, Saugus at 848 and Canyon at 935.

Also among Tuesday’s top individual performers was Saugus’ Aden De Los Reyes and West Ranch’s Jack McClafferty, who both shot 80.

The Foothill League’s backloaded schedule continues today at Robinson Ranch, where Foothill League No. 4 will take place.

The final four league matches takes place in a condensed 10-day span, which began Tuesday.

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