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All-SCV Golf: Prevailing win

West Ranch junior J.J. Holen is our 2010 All-SCV Boys Golfer of the Year

Posted: June 15, 2010 10:29 p.m.
Updated: June 15, 2010 4:55 a.m.
West Ranch junior golfer J.J. Holen. West Ranch junior golfer J.J. Holen.
West Ranch junior golfer J.J. Holen.

In every sport, it's difficult to determine which athlete is the best.

Twice in the last five years, we've struggled to make that determination in golf.

Facing another difficult choice with the possibility of splitting the award again, we decided to do what they do in golf - go to the scoreboard.

The Foothill League does.

The league's Most Valuable Player award goes to the golfer who has the lowest amount of total strokes/stroke average on the league season, subtracting their highest score.

So with that formula and including the postseason, we chose this year's All-Santa Clarita Valley Boys Golfer of the Year.

And just to back it up, we looked at a couple of other things.

In the Foothill League, it was a two-horse race.

In league play, West Ranch's C.J. Espino and Jonathan Chang were tied in total strokes going into the Foothill final. Yet Chang separated himself.

Yet, when it came to the postseason, for the second year in a row, West Ranch's J.J. Holen was the top guy.

So here we go.

One player was the guy during the regular season, the other was the guy during the postseason.

Holen played five rounds in the CIF playoffs (three individual rounds and two team rounds).

Chang played four (three individuals and one team round).

In that case, we went to stroke average over the Foothill and postseason.

Tossing out the high score, Holen prevailed.

Considering all league and postseason scores, Holen prevailed.

Even head-to-head, Holen had more "wins" over Chang during the season.

It was a tight race, one that could have gone either way.

But our definitive Golfer of the Year is J.J. Holen.

That makes two All-SCV Golfer of the Year prizes for the junior.

And though Holen didn't start the year as the top golfer in the area, he certainly finished it that way.

Twice in the postseason, Holen was a medalist, meaning he rises to the occasion against better competition.

At the CIF-Southern Section Northern Team Divisional, Holen's 2-under 69 led all golfers.

At the CIF-Southern Section Northern Individual Regional, Holen shot a 5-under 67, again, besting the field.

For the second year in a row, his golf season ended at the CIF/SCGA Southern California Golf Championship. But unlike last year, he went out on a high, shooting a 1-under 71.

During league play, Holen never shot above 76.
His consistency was a major reason why his West Ranch team never faltered, en route to its third straight league title.

Without throwing out his high score, Holen had a stroke average of 73.3 on the season.

He admitted that he didn't turn things on until the postseason.

It showed.

But others are gaining on him, most notably Chang.

With one year left in his high school career, Holen intends to win the Foothill MVP and reach the state finals for the first time.

If he can do both, its likely that he'll accomplish something no other boys golfer has in this valley's history - become a three-time All-SCV Boys Golfer of the Year.

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All-SCV Golf Team

Jonathan Chang - sophomore, Valencia
The confident sophomore can argue that he is the valley's best boys golfer after winning the Foothill League Most Valuable Player and Newhall Land Cup. In league play, despite one hiccup, no one was better, as he had a 71.8 stroke average. Chang became the first Valencia golfer to make the SCGA Tournament as a sophomore.

C.J. Espino - sophomore, West Ranch
Espino was tied for the Foothill League Most Valuable Player going into the last day of the season. He was medalist for the fourth Foothill League match and figures to compete for the valley's top golf prizes as a junior. He finished with a 72.4 scoring average in league play.

Clayton Thatch - senior, West Ranch
Thatch completed a fine high school career, making the All-SCV team for the second season in a row. Thatch had the fourth best scoring average in league play at 76, thanks in part to claiming medalist honors in the third league match.

Luis Garcia - senior, West Ranch
Garcia was quietly one of the best golfers in the valley in 2010. He finished with the fifth best stroke average in Foothill play at 77.2.

Andrew Moore - junior, Saugus
Moore was Saugus' best golfer in 2010. He was a major reason for Saugus finishing in second place in league play, as the Centurions edged Valencia by just 11 strokes. Moore finished the season with a 77.8 stroke average in league play - sixth best.


Honorable Mention
Justin Golden - senior, Canyon
Sean Weiss - senior, Golden Valley
Robbie Witkowski - junior, Hart
Zack Leonard - sophomore, Saugus
Daniel Kim - junior, Valencia
Kyle Blatchford - junior, West Ranch






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