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GOLF NOTEBOOK: VALENCIA BACK AT NO. 1 AFTER MUST-WIN VICTORY AGAINST HART.

Byline: Dave Shelburne Staff Writer

Match of the Year, Part 5:

Defending champion Valencia not only is back in contention in the Foothill League title race, it also is back atop the Daily News' girls' golf rankings.

The surge came Tuesday at El Cariso Golf Course in Sylmar, where Valencia prevailed 170-181 over league leader Hart of Newhall in the third league tournament of the season.

It was a must-win situation for the victorious Vikings after Hart won the first two of five league tournaments. Had the Indians finished ahead of Valencia by a stroke Tuesday in what clearly is a two-team race, Hart would have clinched its fourth league title in seven seasons.

The title chase heads to the fourth league event, Tuesday at Vista Valencia Golf Course in Valencia, where Valencia must again finish ahead of Hart to avoid title elimination.

Valencia (21-2) climbed from second to first in the rankings, and Hart (22-4) dropped from first to third after its second defeat in as many days. The Indians lost a 235-241 nonleague decision Monday to Granada Hills (10-3), which climbed from third to second.

Those three might be the best three fielded in a single season since area girls golf began in 1998. Valencia and Hart - separated by just six strokes after five meetings this season - are capable of making strong runs at the area's first Southern Section title. Granada Hills has won the past four City Section titles and will be favored to make it five in a row next month.

--Short-handed depth: Valencia prevailed without its best player - senior Stevy Loy, who qualified for the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur and U.S. Women's Amateur this year. Loy was ill Tuesday and had to withdraw after two holes.

``She tried to tough it out,'' Valencia coach Andy Raevouri said, ``but she just couldn't. The rest of the team picked it up and pulled it out for us. It was pretty gratifying. It shows how deep we are.''

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Date:Oct 13, 2005
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