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Posted: April 24, 2008 1:37 a.m.
Updated: June 25, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Motivation comes in many forms.

For some, it's words. For others, it's the past.

Motivated to become champions, the West Ranch boys golf team and Hart High's Johnny MacArthur became just that Wednesday at TPC Valencia.

West Ranch won its sixth league match out of six by shooting a team score of 385 at Wednesday's Foothill League Final/Newhall Land Cup.

The Wildcats boys golf team is now the first Foothill League champion of any sport in the school's four-year history.

Not to be outdone, MacArthur duplicated his 69 from Tuesday's Newhall Land Cup first round to not only win the individual tournament, but to also secure the Foothill League Most Valuable Player.

Also decided Wednesday was the six individuals that will represent the Foothill League in the postseason - MacArthur, Valencia's Max Homa, Hart's Tanner Diaz and West Ranch's Jay Lim, J.J. Holen and Ryan Weltig.

Behind the West Ranch team, Valencia finished second in league and Hart third, meaning those three will be the representative squads in the CIF-Southern Section postseason.

The Wildcats, though, were able to be successful all season due to consistency from their No. 1 golfer down to their No. 6.

Clayton Thatch matched teammate J.J. Holen with a 2-over 74 Wednesday - the low score for the team.

Thatch became the sixth different Wildcat to be the team's low shooter in league play - evidence to the depth of West Ranch.

"I think it's a passion, desire to do well," said West Ranch head coach Jeff Holen of his team's success.

But there was motivation, too.

"We were down there. We could never win. We could never come up," Weltig said of what others would say of the young school in the past. "We showed it."

MacArthur did as well.

As if finishing in second place for the league MVP last year wasn't enough impetus, MacArthur asked his mother Tuesday night to dig up the newspaper from Oct. 27.

On the front page of the sports section was a picture of MacArthur and a headline reading: "And the winner is ... nobody."

MacArthur missed what would have been the game-winning field goal in a football game against Valencia. Instead, both teams tied 21-21.

The senior took the paper with him to school and looked through it a couple of times before taking the course.

"It's always good to think of the positive, but sometimes you have to reflect on the negative," MacArthur said.

His round was almost an exact match of Tuesday - five birdies, two bogeys.

MacArthur's next closest competition for the Newhall Land Cup was Valencia's Homa.

Homa turned in a second round 70 after a first round 72.

It gave MacArthur a four-stroke tournament win.

"I'm not surprised," Homa said of MacArthur. "It's hard to beat someone when they're playing that good."


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