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CIF boys golf: Local trio moves on

West Ranch’s Kim, Dooley, Valencia’s Chang survive Individual Regional

Posted: May 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Three bad days.

That’s how the three Santa Clarita Valley prep golfers who advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Boys Golf Individual Final described their Monday outing at the CIF-Southern Section Northern Individual Regional at La Posas Country Club in Camarillo.

West Ranch senior Isaac Kim, Valencia senior Jonathan Chang and West Ranch senior Brandon Dooley all made the cut of 77 to advance to the second round of four stages in the boys golf state playoffs.

Kim shot a 2-over 73, Chang shot a 75 and Dooley added a 76.

Victor Ponce of Oaks Christian was medalist with a 2-under 69.

Hart senior Chad David missed the cut with a 78, as did Saugus sophomore Braden Lewis (81), Saugus senior Zack Leonard (82) and West Ranch junior Joey Downey (82).

Kim was at 5-over after eight holes, but turned it on late.

He chipped in for birdie on No. 16, then went par-par on his final two holes.

“I really wanted to make it (farther in the playoffs). After I four-putted 11, I knew I was not focusing enough. I kicked it into gear, I guess,” said Kim, who made the individual postseason for the first time in his prep career.

Chang also had an inauspicious start, bogeying his first hole.

After winning the Foothill League Most Valuable Player last month and playing last Monday in the CIF-SS Northern Team Regional, Chang said he hasn’t been on his game of late.

He said he wasn’t better on Monday at the individual playoff.

“I felt the same way. I just told myself to relax out there — not worry about making it to the next round. Just go out and play some golf,” Chang said.

The Valencia senior is this valley’s favorite to advance the farthest in the postseason.

He said there’s nothing mechanically wrong with his game. It’s all mental.

Dooley isn’t having the same issues.

The Foothill League Boys Soccer MVP came into this season relaxed, knowing his future is playing soccer for Fort Lewis College in Colorado.

He kept the same mind-set on Monday, despite a slow start during which he was 5-over after six holes.

“I try and put as little pressure as I can on myself. That’s when you play your best golf,” Dooley said. “Why put pressure on myself? Relax and take everything as it comes.”

The trio will now compete at Victoria Country Club in Riverside next Monday.



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