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Grizzlies inching closer

Golden Valley eyes title as season comes to a head

Posted: October 9, 2013 10:06 p.m.
Updated: October 9, 2013 10:06 p.m.

At this point, Golden Valley girls golf has the lead and will need to close things out on Oct. 22 and 23 in the final two league matches in order to win its first Foothill League championship.

However, standing in the Grizzlies’ way is a challenging golf course in TPC Valencia.

The Grizzlies won their fourth straight league match with a team score of 240 at Elkins Ranch in Fillmore on Wednesday.

Golden Valley bested West Ranch and Hart, who each turned in scores of 257 on a windy, cold, sometimes rainy afternoon.

Grizzly sophomore Elisa Pierre was medalist for the third time in league play, this time shooting a 2-over 38.

With the high score thrown out, Golden Valley leads West Ranch for the Foothill title 664 to 689.

Pierre, with her high score thrown out, leads Hart’s Katie Corr and West Ranch’s Ashley Mayhall 113 to 118 in total strokes for the Foothill League Most Valuable Player.

“It’s still too early. We still have two matches left,” Pierre said on if the Grizzlies are thinking about a Foothill League title. “I don’t think we have it. We still need to focus one match at a time so we don’t get ahead of ourselves.”

TPC can be quite the equalizer — ask Golden Valley, which could have taken second place last season had it been one stroke better at TPC.

The Grizzlies ended up tying Hart in total strokes with highest score thrown out, then lost the tiebreaker for second place (which was overall strokes) to the Indians.

West Ranch is within striking distance this season, but like every other Foothill team on Wednesday, had its issues with a course that had its soft spots due to rain and tricky pin placement.

Mayhall led the Wildcats with a 39, but a 57 and 61 at the tail end of its five scores proved to be significant.

Hart was led by Katie Corr with a 42.

The Indians trail Valencia by four strokes for the final CIF team playoff spot (711-715).

The Vikings turned in a 263 on Wednesday, led by Eunice Song’s 46.

Canyon shot a 298, led by Tiana Yamaoka’s 53 and Saugus left with a 303 led by Clara Venger’s 47.

TPC should be a difficult course for all with little advantages for any team, despite the fact that some squads have club members.

West Ranch is yet to play on the course this season, as is Golden Valley.

Those two teams will compete with Chaminade of Canoga Park at the course next Wednesday.

Then the Foothill deciders arrive the following week.

“TPC will be a tougher course,” said West Ranch head coach Jeff Holen. “It’s the unknown about what players will do out there. It can jump up and bite you or it will help you.”



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