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Fore: Ladies move on in CIF golf playoffs

Amanda Corr, Nikki Prichard, Kendall Dusenberry and Tiara Wells advance to the next round

Posted: November 3, 2008 10:47 p.m.
Updated: January 5, 2009 5:00 a.m.
A trio of Hart girls, still relying on each other for motivation, and one Saugus golfer advanced to the next round of the CIF-Southern Section girls golf playoffs after shooting qualifying scores Monday at Soule Park Golf Club in Ojai at the Northern Individual Regional.

Amanda Corr, Nikki Prichard and Kendall Dusenberry of Hart and Tiara Wells of Saugus will all compete in Thursday's CIF-Southern Section Individual Final and WSCGA Qualifier - the second of a five-part individual playoffs that ends at the State Championship Nov. 18.

Hart's Corr led all local golfers, shooting a 76 on the par-72 course. Indians teammates Prichard, 77, and Dusenberry, 81, also advanced. Saugus' Wells shot a 78 and will also move on to Thursday. Hart's Brenna Carlson shot an 88 and missed the cut by four strokes.

Jenny Coleman of Peninsula was medalist on the day with a 69, as 45 of 82 golfers advanced to golf Thursday. They will also compete with the girls who advanced from Monday's Southern Regional.

The motivation for the Hart girls was the team concept, which theoretically doesn't work in the individual playoffs.

But the Hart girls were consistently solid all year, giving them the edge in every league match.

That allowed each girl to golf without the pressure of having to shoot their lowest on a given day.

They went in with that same mentality Monday.

"We were one of the only schools there that had four girls. We all felt really proud," Corr said. "We all really tried to make it feel like a (regular team) match as much as possible, so we weren't nervous."

Yet both Corr and Prichard struggled early.
Both were able to recover.

Prichard benefited from her performance on the course's par-5s. She birdied four of them.

"It didn't feel much different than playing a team (competition)," Prichard said.

Corr birdied holes 10, 11 and 14.

The greens were wet early on but dried up as the day progressed, forcing golfers to make quick adjustments on their short game.

Wells said her adjustments made a big difference, but it was an adjustment she made before she even teed off Monday that may have played just as big for her.

The Saugus senior left her driver at home because she's been slicing of late.

She teed off instead with a 3-wood and enjoyed one of her most successful days of the season.

"I'm so excited I'm moving on," Wells said. "I played OK. I could have played better, but I'll take it. I qualified."

The four remaining girls will golf at Mountain Meadows Golf Course in Pomona on Monday.


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