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CIF boys golf: No surprises this season

After winning CIF-SS Northern Team Regional in 2011, Cents finish fifth to lead Foothill contingent

Posted: May 8, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 8, 2012 1:55 a.m.

It was nearly a year ago that Saugus boys golf shocked the region with a victory in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Team Regional.

On Monday, the Centurions were just three strokes off last year’s score.

Yet their team season, along with Valencia’s and Foothill League champion West Ranch’s, is now over.

Foothill third-place Saugus finished tied for fifth at the Northern Team Regional at Soule Park in Ojai with a 386, Foothill runner-up Valencia finished seventh with a 387 and West Ranch ended in 11th with a 399.

The top three teams — Westlake (370), Oaks Christian (373) and Moorpark (377) — advanced to Thursday’s Southern Section Team Final at San Marcos Golf Course in Santa Barbara.

Saugus had the two best individual scores from the Santa Clarita Valley Monday with Zack Leonard and Connor Morris both shooting 2-over 74s.

Braden Lewis was right behind with a 75. Kevin Holzer added a 78.

Valencia, for the first time in three years at any event, had five golfers with scores in the 70s — Jonathan Chang (75), Glen Lee (77), Carson Lega (77), Tyler Novotny (79) and Josiah Brown (79).

“I’m extremely proud,” said Valencia head coach Robert Waters. “Our goal since the beginning is we wanted five scores in the 70s. We finally did it.”

For West Ranch, there was a feeling of disappointment.

The Wildcats had three scores in the 70s — Isaac Kim (76), Brandon Dooley (78) and Steven Moentmann (79).

“Good and bad,” said West Ranch head coach Jeff Holen on the mood within the team after the event. “Good we made it here. Bad we didn’t pull it together.”

With team play over, the attention shifts to individuals as the CIF-SS Northern Individual takes place next Monday at Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo.

Valencia’s Chang, West Ranch’s Joey Downey, Kim and Dooley, Saugus’ Lewis and Leonard, and Hart’s Chad David will represent the Foothill League in the playoff.

Chang, the Foothill League Most Valuable Player, said he’s struggling a little going in.

“I haven’t been playing great. I’m not feeling good right now,” Chang said. “But I’m pretty sure I can make it past the first and second round (of the individual playoffs). The third round dictates how good you’re playing.”

The third round marks the Southern California championship.

The fourth round, the state championship, takes place June 6.



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