"Fore!" is the Magic Number for Hart Girls Golf
December, 2010 - Issue #74
This isn't the case of a coach not wanting to hurt her athletes' feelings. This isn't a case of a coach taking the easy way out and not being willing to share an honest opinion.

When Hart girls golf coach Renee Onori says, "My team really doesn't have a number-one golfer," she means it. When she says, "On our team it's more like a 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D because my top four players are that interchangeable," the coach is telling the truth.

There's a reason the Indians captured their fourth-straight Foothill League championship this season, winning all of their six league matches by an average of 39 strokes.

There's a reason that the defending Northern League champions came into this year with their sights firmly set on being the first team in Santa Clarita Valley history to reach the state championships even with the difficult loss of San Diego State commit Kendall Dusenberry, one of the top junior golfers in the state, to a season-killing wrist injury.

Nikki Prichard, Brenna Carlson, Jamie Corr and Amanda Corr are that foursome.

They're that balanced. They're that motivated. They feed that much off of each other, every one of them determined to raise their game this season in Dusenberry's absence.

"I don't think too many people can believe that we have four girls that are all this good," Onori says. "They truly are interchangeable. I can't really even rank them."

Her proof? There's tons. For starters, each has been the low scorer at least once.

Not impressed? Want even better proof of their interchangeability? Over the past four years, Hart has had the Foothill League Most Valuable Player each year, an impressive feat. Even more impressive is that it's been a different golfer each of those seasons.

In 2007 it was Amanda Corr. In 2008 it was Dusenberry doing it as a freshman. Last year it was Prichard. This year it was the youngest of the group, sophomore Jamie Corr, who finished the Foothill season with the best scores of any golfer in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Carlson, some might have noticed, wasn't mentioned in that group.

What's she done? In the Foothill finale, the senior shot a 3-under 105 over 27 holes to win the Newhall Land Cup. For the second year in a row, she was the league runner-up.

The biggest thing Carlson brings to the team, Onori says, is her maturity.

"She really doesn't seem like someone who is in high school sometimes," Onori says. "When she's on the golf course, there's something about her, everybody notices. We belong to the same country club and someone there told me he saw her walking around on the course and he was sure she was a college golfer. She was just 16 years old."

Prichard, Onori says, is the motherly one.

"She makes sure everyone is taken care of," Onori says, "that everybody on the team is comfortable and that everybody on the team has everything they need and is ready to go."

The senior will take her swing to the University of Nevada-Reno next season.

As for the Corrs, the sisters are the comedians.

Amanda, the elder Corr, will play college golf at the University of San Francisco next season. Jamie, the younger sophomore, likely has a future on a college golf team as well. In addition to their low scores, they provide a lot of comic relief for the Indians team.

"Amanda, on the course you would never know it because she's so extremely focused, but she's the joker," Onori says. "Jamie, she's the kind of person, if she makes a really good putt, she breakdances. People look at these girls and think they're machines because of their amazing scores. They're fun. I think they all just like being around each other."

Mostly, they like making past course records seem unimpressive together.

One of Onori's favorite records came on a nine-hole, par-37 Encino course. Her Indians combined for a team score of 188, five golfers combining to shoot just three over par.

The Indians set the Newhall Land Cup record with a score of 383 over 18 holes. They also broke the Vista Valencia course record - twice - including a 173 over nine holes.

Along the way, all of Hart's top four qualified for CIF individuals this season. All four shot under-par at least once. Perhaps most importantly of all, all four have found the way to be extremely competitive without ever worrying about their role on their team.

"We're competitive people," Prichard says. "We want to be the best. We try to beat each other. But what's cool is that we really support each other. If someone plays better than somebody else, we'll congratulate her. We're happy. We love being on the same team."
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