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Foothill golf No. 5 sets up possible history

Posted: May 7, 2014 10:03 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2014 10:03 p.m.

Golden Valley's Jonathan Kang hits a tee shot on the 11th hole at TPC Valencia on Wednesday.

 

Two monumental Foothill League boys golf accomplishments could be made today based on what happened at Wednesday’s Foothill League golf match No. 5.

We could see the first-ever Golden Valley golfer to win a Most Valuable Player prize, and we could see West Ranch’s six-year full nelson on the Foothill League end.

Golden Valley sophomore Jonathan Kang shot a 5-over 77 and was co-medalist with Saugus’ Braden Lewis and Hart’s Michael Lotta on Wednesday at TPC Valencia, and Hart won its third Foothill match of the season.

Now Kang enters today’s final Foothill match with a six-stroke lead on Lewis for MVP, and Hart leads West Ranch by 17 strokes in pursuit of a Foothill championship.

For Kang, this is an opportunity to erase a disastrous final day of Foothill League play in 2013.

He shot a 93, one day after shooting a 73, taking him out of the mix for the Newhall Land Cup — which goes to the player who has the best combined scores from the final two league matches.

“I don’t even know,” Kang’s explanation is a year later.

However, earlier this season, he said the failure was his motivation for 2014, and he won’t go into today like he did the final day last year.

“Last year I went out and I bragged about it too much. Karma got me. I was like, ‘I got this in the bag. It’s going to be easy,” Kang said. “(Today), it’s just play my best and come in with confidence and trust my game.”

With worst score in league play thrown out, Kang has 299 to Lewis’ 305.

The top six Foothill League individuals (total strokes on the season minus worst score) will move on to the CIF individual postseason.

The Foothill’s current three through nine golfers are separated by six strokes.

The top three Foothill teams will go to the team postseason.

Hart’s 412 team score on Wednesday gave the Indians a little distance in the league race, especially considering the fact that six-time defending league champion West Ranch finished third with a score of 425.

The Indians benefitted from five golfers with like scores — Lotta, Lorenzo Torres’ 82, Cory David’s 83, Grant Hedman’s 84 and Matt Milholland’s 86.

“I really think we have six guys that all have very similar ability and anyone of the six can be medalist on any round,” said Hart head coach Steve Lindberg.

The first-year head coach said he was confident at the beginning of the season that his Indians would be in this position because his junior varsity team won a league championship this year.

West Ranch, which was led by Danny DiMaria with an 82 on Wednesday, has a lot of ground to make up.

Valencia, which finished second with a 421 led by Glen Teagle’s 82, trails Hart by 22 strokes heading into the final match.

Saugus (427), Golden Valley (436) and Canyon (492) rounded out Wednesday’s scores.

Golden Valley leads Saugus by five strokes for fourth place and a possible at-large bid to the CIF postseason.

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