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Fore-peat for Crescenta Valley High golfer Jocelyn Chia

For fourth straight season, Falcons standout golfer is All-Area Girls' Golfer of the Year.

December 24, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High's Jocelyn Chia is the All-Area Girls' Golfer of the Year for a fourth straight year. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Crescenta Valley High's Jocelyn Chia is the All-Area…

Shortly before arriving on the scene and beginning a captivating career with the Crescenta Valley High girls’ golf team for four seasons, the thought of considering golf as a team sport hadn’t crossed Jocelyn Chia’s mind.

Chia had previously spent several years competing in tournaments, which would ultimately help pave the way for her to enjoy plenty of success with the Falcons. Chia initially went through a brief transition while comprehending the value of team sports.

“When I got to CV, it was different to be a part of a team,” Chia said. “It was something completely new to me and you began to learn a lot about having teammates and trying to help each other get better.

“I had played in all of these tournaments and then the next thing I know I’m playing in team matches. At first, I didn’t know how to handle it, but it was huge to at least have tournament experience. Then it just became more fun to have teammates.”

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Chia built an impeccable resume during her time with Crescenta Valley while roaming courses around most of Southern California. She won her share of Pacific League matches, captured a pair of league individual championships and advanced to the CIF/Women’s Southern California Golf Assn. Southern Regional Girls’ Individual and Team Golf Championships.

Though Chia wasn’t able to achieve her paramount high school goal — qualifying for the state tournament — she used her impact swing and shrewd short game to help cement her status as one of Crescenta Valley’s all-time top girls’ golfers.

In her final season with the Falcons, who finished second in league after sharing the league crown in 2012, Chia took fourth in the league final before tying for eighth with an even-par 71 at CIF Southern Section Individual Final and Women's Southern California Golf Assn. Qualifying Tournament.

She also helped the Falcons finish 10th at the CIF Southern Section Eastern Team Divisional before advancing all the way to the CIF-Women’s Southern California Golf Association Championship and Regional State Qualifier — the third round of individual play — for the fourth season in a row.

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