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Falcons, Spartans girls' golf prepared for CIF

Golf: Crescenta Valley, La Cañada girls' teams ready to participate in CIF Southern Section Central Team Divisional on Monday.

October 20, 2012|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley's Audrey Chung, left, and the rest of the Falcons are set to participate in the CIF Southern Section Central Team Divisional Monday.
Crescenta Valley's Audrey Chung, left, and the… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

After nearly two months of competing against each other in Pacific League matches, the Crescenta Valley High and La Cañada girls’ golf teams are ready to take their talent to the next level — the playoffs.

The lineups presented by Falcons and Spartans in each match showed plenty of promise. Crescenta Valley finished tied for first in league with Arcadia and La Cañada took third.

The Falcons and Spartans will next participate in the CIF Southern Section Central Team Divisional, which will be held at 8 a.m. Monday at Los Serranos Country Club’s North Course in Chino Hills.

The top three teams from the league punched their ticket to the postseason. Crescenta Valley, La Cañada and Arcadia will be joined by teams from the Academy, Sierra, Citrus Belt, Golden, Montview, Ocean and Orange leagues. The top four teams from Monday’s round will advance to the team final, which will be held Oct. 29 at The Legends Golf Course in Temecula.

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Crescenta Valley Coach Lee Pope said the Falcons will look to draw off last season’s surprising sixth-place finish at the event at Jurupa Hills Country Club in Riverside.

“We can look back at what we did last year to help us,” said Pope, the reigning All-Area Girls’ Golf Coach of the Year. “We surprised a lot of people last year and, because of that, we like our chances to move on.

“Going into this tournament, anything can happen. We have been shooting around 200 the whole year. If we can continue to stay steady, then we feel like we have a great chance.”

The Falcons are led by junior Jocelyn Chia, who comes into the event fresh off winning her second straight individual league championship.

Chia, the reigning All-Area Girls’ Golfer of the Year, said the Falcons will look to continue making strides.

“I think we are real excited about going back to CIF,” said Chia, who bested Burbank’s Irene Maemura by six strokes to win the league title on Wednesday at Brookside Golf Course No. 1 in Pasadena and was one of seven athletes from the Pacific League to also qualify for the CIF Southern Section Individual Regional Tournament on Thursday at River Ridge Golf Course in Oxnard. “We have gotten better each match, and we have a good opportunity to do something.”

In addition to Chia, Crescenta Valley will likely feature a lineup that will include Audrey Chung, Andrea Han, Ester Yee, Alice Yoon and Gina Chung.

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