Last week, the Golden Valley Boys golf team began their quest for their first playoff bid in school history. With several outstanding rounds already under their belt, they entered their first league match with a bit of momentum.
After shooting a school record score of 183 on the Encino Golf Course, the Grizzlies went into league match no. 1 brimming with confidence. Defending Foothill League Player of the Year Jonathan Kang led the way with a -2 score of 70. Sophomore Ray Asuncion was not far behind Kang posting a score of 76. Following Kang and Asuncion was junior Kameron Hobbs who fired a 77. This is the first time in school history that the Grizzlies have had three golfers in the 70s for a league match. Rounding out the team score was sophomore Justin Reyes who carded an 85 and senior Brian Bedell who came in with an 86.
The Grizzlies finished an 18-hole round under 400 for the first time in school history posting a total of 394 which put them in fourth place. Even though they’re in fourth place they’re in striking distance of the league leaders.
Overall, the Grizzlies finished in 4th place behind defending league champion Hart (371), West Ranch (387), Saugus (388) and three strokes ahead of 5th place Valencia (397).
“This is huge for us because we’re right in the mix”, said Bedell. Defending MVP Kang finished two under par, one stroke behind freshman Jess Scheller from Hart who finished with a three under 69.
“I’m not worried about it right now,” said Kang.
The teams were back at it again at the same course on Tuesday. The results were predictable with several low scores but the placing changed a bit. West Ranch finished first with an overall score of 367. Hart, last week’s leader, finished a distant third with a total score of 380. Valencia, who finished 5th in the first league match, bettered their team score by 21 strokes, finishing in second place, four strokes ahead of Hart. Golden Valley once again shot a school record, this time with a 389 and finished in fourth place.
Even with their best score ever, the Grizzlies dropped to fifth place, one stroke out of fourth place. Leading the way for the Grizzlies was Asuncion who shot a two under 70. Kang followed with an even par 72 and Hobbs carded a 73. The next best score for the Grizzlies was an 87.
“Our first three golfers are as good as any in the league and I’d stack them up vs. anyone, but our 4-6 need to step up and start shooting a bit lower,” said head coach Tony Moskal.
With the more difficult courses looming in the distance, Kang said, “We’re either going to shoot really well or really bad. These are tough courses and we need to be smart and patient out there.”
With school records all over the place so far the Grizzlies are confident they can enter the first of two matches at Valencia Country Club with momentum and the ability to put up a good score to keep them in the playoff picture.