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Golden Valley golfer set for CIF State Individual Golf championship tomorrow

Posted: November 19, 2013 1:49 p.m.
Updated: November 19, 2013 1:49 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - Golden Valley High sophomore Elisa Pierre is a myth destroyer.

The diminutive golfer will compete Wednesday for the CIF State Individual Golf championship in Carmel at Quail Lodge & Golf Club.

By doing so, the Foothill League’s 2013 Most Valuable Player is proving that success at Golden Valley, especially in her sport, is reachable.

This in spite of a sour reputation in athletics developed in the school’s infancy.

“Honestly, the reputation I would say is that we are a bad school,” said Golden Valley Athletic Director Robert Fisher on the perception from those outside Golden Valley. “Whatever (the reputation) may be, Elisa is not that.

“She is definitely helping to end any misnomers about our school. She’s representing our school, our area, like few could.”

In fact, she’s only the second girls golfer in Santa Clarita Valley history to reach a state golf championship.

And the fact that she’s doing it representing Golden Valley is a giant step for the school’s athletic standing.

After opening in 2004, Golden Valley’s athletic program suffered early embarrassing losses across the board and in some sports has continued to see slow progress.

But Golden Valley has also seen successes — boys basketball Foothill League titles in 2009 and 2010, a cross country state title in 2011, a girls track and field league title in 2012 — and now a girls golf league title in 2013.

Prior to 2012, the girls golf program had never finished better than fourth place overall.

Now it has a league title and possibly an individual state champion.

“It proves that a lot of the perceptions of this school are wrong because here’s a kid who decided to come here when she could have gone anywhere,” said Golden Valley head golf coach Tony Moskal. “She decided to come to Golden Valley.

The impact she’s had is beyond the golf course.

“It’s kind of made me — I don’t know what the term is — look at the possibilities that you know what, one person can change things for the future of this program.”

Pierre is a promising golfer on the junior scene who nearly golfed her way this summer into a national competition next year at Augusta National Golf Club — one of the world’s most exclusive and prestigious golf courses and the site of the Masters Tournament.

She was the Foothill League’s Most Valuable Player runner-up as a freshman and is the MVP (which goes to the league’s top-scoring golfer) this year as a sophomore.

Moskal thinks Pierre can win the state championship.

And if she doesn’t?

“We’ve already won,” he said.




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