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GOLF NOTEBOOK: VALENCIA GIRLS MUST ACE TESTS.

Byline: Dave Shelburne Staff Writer

Already forced into must-win mode in Foothill League play, the top-ranked Valencia High's girls' team has a little extra pressure this week.

Weather permitting, the Vikings play today at 1:30 p.m. at Vista Valencia Golf Course in Valencia in the fourth of five Foothill League tournaments, needing to finish ahead of Hart to remain in realistic contention for a second consecutive league title.

On Thursday, Valencia faces No. 2 Granada Hills at Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland. The nonleague matchup, which begins at 2 p.m., pairs two strong section team-title contenders and showcases two of the premier players in the area.

Granada Hills (10-3), which has won the past four City Section titles, is led by sophomore Angela Villela, who finished third in the City last season and won the Magnolia Park Optimist Club tournament two weeks ago at De Bell Golf Course in Burbank.

Valencia (21-2), 10th in last year's Southern Section final, returned every starter and is led by senior Stevy Loy, a U.S. Women's Amateur qualifier this year.

The Vikings cannot afford to look past today's league match. Hart - winner of the first two league tournaments - is on the verge of clinching a title in a two-team championship chase.

If Valencia finishes ahead of Hart at the fourth Foothill tournament, the Vikings and Indians will enter Monday's final league tournament (10 a.m. at Knollwood Country Club in Granada Hills) tied for first place.

--More pressure: The team competition is not the only close race in the Foothill League. The jockeying for the league's three individual postseason berths starts Monday at Knollwood and concludes Oct. 26 at De Bell. Nearly a dozen players are in contention.

Loy, Michelle Mannix, Andrea Ferris, Jasnin Samson and Kristin Tayo have been medalists for Valencia this season. Hart's Tessa Harp, Ashley Windsor, Ashley Redmond, and Eleanna Tan also are capable of a top-three finish in a two-round competition. Others who figure to be in contention: Saugus' Alyssa Wohlfeiler and Wynne Shatkus, and Burbank's Amanda Keith.

--Keeping tabs: Former College of the Canyons golfer Jasmine Koehler shot 79 for the low round for Cal State Northridge in the Heather Farr Invitational at Omni Interlaken Resort in the Matadors' first match of the season. ... UCLA sophomore Brandon Christianson, the Daily News Boys' Golfer of the Year as a Valencia junior in 2003, shot 78-73-82 for UCLA in the Chico State Invitational. ... Valencia resident and PGA Tour winner Jason Gore, a 1992 Hart High graduate, shot 65-70-71-69 to tie for 29th in the PGA's Michelin Championship.

Dave Shelburne, (818) 713-3609

dave.shelburne(at)dailynews.com
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Date:Oct 18, 2005
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