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Kingsley leads Inland quartet to advancing at CIF-SS Finals

By in Press Enterprise on May 19, 2017

By Landon Negri

SANTA BARBARA — Coaches in all sports preach about finishing.

On Thursday, four Inland-area golfers provided Exhibit A — as well as B, C, and D — as why it’s so important.

Murrieta Valley junior Harrison Kingsley, Great Oak seniors Ryan McCoy and Parker Whitehead and Roosevelt senior Matthew Huo all closed rounds impressively and advanced to the CIF-SCGA Southern California Regional next week in the Southern Section Finals at Rancho San Marcos Golf Course.

Palm Desert continued its postseason roll, winning the team title by 12 strokes behind Chase Cadwallader’s even-par 71 and USC-bound Charlie Reiter’s 1-over 72. Santa Barbara San Marcos senior Bennett Reichard won the individual title with a 3-under 68.

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Not far behind was Kingsley, who earned his first regional berth after ending his round with an eagle on the par-5, 528-yard 12th. He tied for fourth place at 1-over 72.

“I had a little bit of an andrenaline rush,” he said of the 12th hole, “and hit my drive about 360 yards.”

From there, he hit a 9-iron to 20 feet, and sank a putt from the fringe for the eagle-3.

Kingsley has long been an accomplished golfer, but after ranking fifth in scoring average in the Southwestern League this season, he might be peaking at just the right time.

“I’m very excited,” he said, regarding playing the regional next Thursday at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, “and very blessed.”

In all, six Inland-area golfers contended for regional berths at a new site this season — the section finals moved […]    

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