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A new pinnacle

Indians win regional, Saugus and West Ranch finish in top-8

Posted: November 10, 2008 10:34 p.m.
Updated: November 11, 2008 4:55 a.m.
Hart girls golf took first place Monday at the CIF-SS Northern Team Divisional. Hart girls golf took first place Monday at the CIF-SS Northern Team Divisional.
Hart girls golf took first place Monday at the CIF-SS Northern Team Divisional.
In comparison to many of the other sports played in the Foothill League, girls golf is still in its early stages.

Much of its 10-year history comes from individual success - names like Alexis Arnold, Melanie DeLeon, Stevy Loy and Jasnin Samson, girls who fulfilled their promise in high school and gained college scholarships.

Team success has been there as well, but hasn't quite reached a pinnacle.

That is until now.

The Hart girls golf team, with a score of 410 at the CIF-Southern Section Northern Team Divisional at River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard, won the first team playoff title in Santa Clarita Valley girls golf history.

Sophomore golfer Amanda Corr's 76 on the par-72 Vineyard Course was also the low round of the day.

"We were all really really proud to represent our school," Corr said. "I know Dos Pueblos won (the team divisional) last year - (to do better than them) was our goal. That was a good test before we get to the next step."

Dos Pueblos finished second with a 426.

Hart, Dos Pueblos, Diamond Bar (434) and Westlake (437) all now advance to the CIF-Southern Section Team Final on Thursday.

Saugus and West Ranch, despite failing to advance, managed to finish in the top eight out of 16 teams, showing the overall strength of the Foothill League.

Saugus finished seventh with a score of 458.

Senior Tiara Wells shot a team-best 80 and junior Sophie Valentine was behind her with an 82.

Wells will compete in Monday's CIF-SS WSCGA Foundation Tournament - the third round of the individual playoffs.

Saugus' team playoffs are now done.

"What I told (Wells) at the end of last year was it was her team. I told Sophie (today), ‘So you know, it's your team next year," said Saugus head coach David Stradling.

Saugus will likely compete for another spot in the team postseason next year.

West Ranch's playoff chances next year might be less of a certainty.

The Wildcats had five seniors and one junior leading the way this season - resulting in a solid effort that ended with Monday's 459, good enough for eighth place.

Senior Sarah Kang shot an 82 to lead the team.

This was West Ranch's first shot in the team postseason. Head coach Jeff Holen was surprised by the finish.

"I was planning (on finishing) between 10th and 15th," he said. "Eighth (place), wow."

Hart's sights were set on first place, and now the Indians are targeting the State Championship Nov. 18.

The Indians are one step away.

"We have a legitimate chance of making it to state," said Hart head coach Renee Onori. "I have no idea how we would do there because I don't know what kind of teams we're competing with."

Onori said another wild card is her team's youth.

Led by three sophomores and one freshman, the Indians breezed through league competition and have had individual and team success in the postseason.

Sophomore Nikki Prichard finished just behind Corr with a 77, followed by freshman Kendall Dusenberry's 80.

Corr had an interesting day.

She started with birdie, double-bogey, par, double-bogey, then birdie.

The sophomore described the pin placement as difficult and the greens as fast.

Yet she still managed to play better on the course than any other golfer.

"Probably everybody else had a bad day too," Corr said, not taking any credit for being medalist. "It doesn't feel like I should get some recognition."

Instead, the recognition goes to the team.


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