Valencia girls move into tie for Foothill golf lead

first_imgVALENCIA – Top-ranked Valencia High outlasted the residue of the elements and No. 3-ranked Hart of Newhall to move into a tie with Foothill League leader Hart in the fourth league girls’ golf tournament of the year. Hart (26-5), which won the first two league tournaments, could have clinched the league title by finishing ahead of Valencia (26-2) Tuesday at rain-free, but heavily rain-soaked, Vista Valencia Golf Course in Valencia. But defending champion Valencia, getting a second consecutive league medalist performance from senior Michelle Mannix, prevailed for a second consecutive tournament to throw the title up for grabs in Monday’s league finale at Woodley Lakes Golf Course in Lake Balboa. “We’re aware how close it is,” Mannix said after her Vikings came through in a must-win situation for a second week in a row. But basically we have to play our own game. We can’t really worry about the other player. We have to make sure we play our best, and if we don’t, then we tried our best so that’s all we can do.” Mannix shot 35, Tracy White 37, Stevy Loy 38, Kristin Tayo 39 and Jasnin Samson 42 to account for Valencia’s winning total of 191 at par-33 Vista Valencia. Hart, led by Tessa Harp (36), Ashley Redmond (37), Eleanna Tan (39), Lindsay Rollins (42) and Ashley Windsor (43), finished second at 197. “Everybody played as a team very well,” said Mannix, whose 34.7 league average ties her for second with Harp of Hart in Foothill play behind Valencia’s Loy, who is averaging 34.0. The leading scorer after Monday’s team finale will earn Foothill MVP honors and an automatic berth in the Southern Section final. That’s an especially important berth this year, when at least a dozen players are expected to make strong bids for the league’s three remaining postseason berths in 27-hole qualifying competition scheduled for Monday and next Wednesday at Woodley Lakes. In addition to determining the team title and the three qualifying Foothill teams for postseason, Monday’s nine-hole tournament also serves as the first stage of the league individual tournament, with the top 18 scorers advancing to another 18 holes next Wednesday. Going into Tuesday’s play, Loy held a 2.7-stroke average over her closest pursuer, but the league’s next 11 players have all shot league rounds in the 30s. Competition at Woodley – the longest course the six Foothill teams will play in the league season – starts at 10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday. Dave Shelburne, (818) 713-3609 [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more