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Wildcats consistency on the course helped them win their third straight Foothill match

Posted: April 9, 2013 9:28 p.m.
Updated: April 9, 2013 9:28 p.m.

The consistency that West Ranch boys golf has shown this year leaves its closest competition in the Foothill League in quite a hole with three Foothill League matches remaining.

The Wildcats won their third straight Foothill match with a team score of 406 on Tuesday at Valencia Country Club at the Foothill No. 3.

Hart claimed second place for the third straight match with a 419.

And while the Wildcats are leaving their competitors in the dust, so is West Ranch senior Joey Downey, who shot a 2-over 74 and claimed his third straight medalist prize in league play.

He is without a doubt, the Foothill League Most Valuable Player frontrunner.

“It is his thing to lose,” said West Ranch head coach Jeff Holen. “I’ve seen such a jump in his game. He’s so confident.”

Downey made a double bogey on the first hole, then birdied the next hole.

He then bogeyed No. 3 and bounced back with a birdie on No. 4.

His double bogey on 6 was followed by another birdie.

“I think he’s really thinking through and being a good course manager,” Holen said.

For the second straight match, Hart’s Glen Lee was one shot off from Downey, this time turning in a 75.

West Ranch had the only other sub-80 score with a 76 from Casey May.

With West Ranch and Hart clearly the one-two, Valencia and Saugus are tangling for the third position — which is the final guaranteed team postseason spot.

Valencia, for the second straight match took third, this time with a 438.

Ronnie Bedrosian led the way for the Vikings with a an 82.

Valencia has seen significant improvement since a disappointing fifth place finish in league No. 1.

“We were shellshocked the first league match with six players playing their first varsity league match. I don’t know if they were ready for it,” said Valencia head coach Robert Waters. “We saw big improvement today. I wasn’t happy with our team score ... but bottom line is a win is a win. At some point even though it’s third place, in reality right now we’re competing with Saugus, Canyon and Golden Valley.”

So it was a win against those teams, with Saugus finishing fourth for the second consecutive match.

The Centurions shot a 446, led by Braden Lewis’ 80.

Canyon shot a 459 with Cody Mulvihill turning in an 81.

Golden Valley was sixth for the third time with Jonathan Kang shooting an 81.


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