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Golden Valley: Queens of the Green

Prep golf: Golden Valley wins Foothill title, Pierre wins league MVP

Posted: October 23, 2013 10:18 p.m.
Updated: October 23, 2013 10:18 p.m.
Elisa Pierre of Golden Valley chips onto the first green at TPC on Wednesday.  Pierre captured the league MVP award. Elisa Pierre of Golden Valley chips onto the first green at TPC on Wednesday.  Pierre captured the league MVP award.
Elisa Pierre of Golden Valley chips onto the first green at TPC on Wednesday.  Pierre captured the league MVP award.

Golden Valley had already won its first girls golf Foothill League title and Grizzlies sophomore Elisa Pierre had already sewn up the Foothill League Most Valuable Player on Wednesday at TPC Valencia in the sixth and final Foothill League match.

However, a couple of hours after, Pierre was still on the course doing something she and her team talked about all season long — not stopping until the final hole.

Faced off against West Ranch freshman Ashley Mayhall on the second extra hole and the 20th hole for both players on the day for the Newhall Land Cup (which is an exhibition added on to the final Foothill League match), Pierre hit a perfect tee shot onto the fairway of the hooking No. 18.

She then laid up a high arching shot to five feet of the hole.

Then she sank her putt for birdie.

Mayhall made bogey.

Pushed by Mayhall all day, Pierre finished and her Grizzly teammates celebrated with her — all champions on the day.

“I almost had a heart attack,” Pierre said. “She put a lot of pressure on me.”

And so did West Ranch as a team.

Coming into the day, so much was up for grabs — playoff spots (both individual and team) and Foothill League team champion and league MVP.

Pierre held a six-stroke lead coming into the day on Mayhall for MVP and Golden Valley led West Ranch by 14 strokes for the championship.

Pierre and Mayhall each shot 39s on the day, meaning the Golden Valley golfer won the MVP by a comfortable six strokes.

“It was neck and neck all day,” Mayhall said, still stinging from three second-place finishes (MVP, Newhall Land Cup and team). “I was unsatisfied, but it makes it a lot sweeter next year if we win.”

For this year, though, it’s the Grizzlies’ title.

The Grizzlies won their fifth league match of the season, this time with a team score of 226.

“It’s awesome. We all worked so hard for this,” Pierre said.

The league title is the first in program history and second girls league title in school history.

Golden Valley girls track and field won the first in the spring.

The Grizzlies made the CIF postseason for the first time last season, but in the five years previous to that never rose above fourth in league overall.

“A rollercoaster,” described Grizzlies head coach Tony Moskal on the run to a league title. “From starting a program when we had to use golf clubs from a storage room to what we just accomplished.”

West Ranch is the only other team that makes the postseason, which begins Oct. 31.

Valencia finished third overall, but because the CIF changed its playoff qualifying rules to teams must have six scores of 230 or under on a par-36 course, the Vikings are out.

Joining Pierre and Mayhall for the individual postseason this Monday will be Hart’s Katie Corr (who was medalist on Wednesday with a 1-over 37), Valencia’s Eunice Song, West Ranch’s Kate Caffrey, Golden Valley’s Justine Reblando and Hart’s Lauren Yi.

Yi is the only senior in the bunch.

She held a three-stroke lead for the final spot going into the day and closed out with a seven-stroke cushion.

“I think my focus was a little different than the other girls,” said Yi, who is only in her second year of high school golf. “My goal was to get to CIF. Playing my game, just being confident, just being older and starting so late in the game, that’s helped me focus on each shot.”



Foothill team standings (total strokes with one throw-out score)
1. *Golden Valley — 1,124
2. *West Ranch — 1,141
3. Valencia — 1,201
4. Hart — 1,204
5. Canyon — 1,327
6. Saugus — 1,433

Foothill individual standings (total strokes with one throw-out score)
1. *Elisa Pierre (GV) — 189
2. *Ashley Mayhall (WR) — 195
3. *Katie Corr (Hart) — 197
4. *Eunice Song (Val) — 205
5. *Justine Reblando (GV) — 211
6. *Kate Caffrey (WR) — 211
7. *Lauren Yi (Hart) — 213
* — qualified for CIF postseason


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