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Foothill golf: ’Cats top the field

West Ranch wins league match No. 2, overcomes conditions

Posted: April 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Last week, the golf course wasn't even playable due to damage from heavy rain.

This week, the course was just plain difficult.

The conditions weren't enough to bother West Ranch's depth, as it once again came out victorious with a team score of 393 in the second Foothill League boys golf match of the season on Thursday at Valencia Country Club.

Thursday's match was originally scheduled for March 21, but was postponed due to rain.

Playing back at the par-72 in Valencia made no difference for the Wildcats' J.J. Holen, who became the medalist for the second straight Foothill match.

Holen shot a 2-under 70 paced by five birdies. He was one of only five players in the field to shoot in the 70s given the inaccessible pin locations and lightning-fast greens.

"We definitely have the ability to go lower than that, and we have before, but today was just one of those days," said West Ranch head coach Jeff Holen.

The second-best score of the day was carded by Saugus senior Andrew Moore, who didn't complain much about the conditions.

"I didn't really change anything because I spin the ball a lot, so it doesn't affect me as much as it does some other people," Moore said. "I just played."

His round helped the Centurions to a second-place finish and a team score of 404.

Hart followed that with 437, led by Robbie Witkowski's 81 and Paul Schneider's 82.

Though most players scored higher than usual, West Ranch was the team that best managed the course from top to bottom.

The highest qualifying score for the Wildcats was an 87.

Rounding out the day were Canyon (481) and Golden Valley (515).

Canyon's best scorer, Alek Golden, recorded an 80 and Golden Valley was led by Justin Lee's 95.

Joey Downey and C.J. Espino both carded 80s for the Wildcats.



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