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Homa ties for sixth

Valencia graduate fares best of five locals playing in West Junior Open

Posted: July 9, 2009 8:47 p.m.
Updated: July 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Five local golfers finished their final rounds at the American Junior Golf Association West Junior Open amid difficult conditions at Robinson Ranch.

Max Homa, who is a Valencia grad committed to the University of California, Berkeley, wound up with the best final score amongst Santa Clarita Valley players by finishing at two over par, carding a 75 on the third day of the tournament.

“I could have played better. The last hole was frustrating,” Homa said of the 18th, on which he shot an eight. “Things were going pretty well until the 18th. It’s my last junior event so I look at it as a learning experience.”

West Ranch’s Clayton Thatch closed out his third round with a 77, giving him three consecutive rounds under 80 during the event.

“I made a couple of mistakes, but I drove the ball pretty well,” Thatch said. “I had chances to make shots, but I didn’t always capitalize. Still, my irons were pretty solid, but I need to work on where I put the ball.”

J.J. Holen finished off his round with a 79 to finish tied with his teammate Thatch. The highlight of his day came on the par-3 seventh hole when he stuck his seven iron shot within 10 feet and knocked home a birdie putt.

“The wind was an issue for me again,” Holen said. “It’s something I’m gonna work on. Today there were a couple of balls that I lost, which hurt me, but this tournament helped me get more wisdom about when to go for more and when not to.”

On the girls side, Hart’s Kendall Dusenberry rebounded from a second-round 97 to shoot an 87. She birdied the eighth hole, but a 10 on the third inflated her score.

“I felt like my score didn’t really reflect the way I played overall,” Dusenberry said. “There were three or four holes that hurt me, but I think overall I hit my driver better, and I putted well again today.”

Amanda Corr, also from Hart, shot a 93 to close the tourney in 24th place.

She birdied the par-5 fourth hole for the second consecutive day.

“My main problem was putting,” Corr said. “I definitely want to play this course more so I can get familiar with it. A course with narrow fairways like this is a good place to improve your game.”

Jessica Vasilic from Anaheim Hills won the girls bracket with a total of 223, and Jeffrey Kang from Fullerton won the boys tourney with a 212.

Homa was the highest local finisher with a total of 218, which was good enough to tie for sixth.


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