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Golfer Jocelyn Chia once more the best around

For a third straight year, Crescenta Valley standout is best in area.

December 21, 2012|By Charles Rich,
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Though the disappointment from not reaching the CIF State Tournament might still linger, Jocelyn Chia won't let it detract from her overall body of work this season.

If anything, missing out on state might make the standout Crescenta Valley High girls' golfer wiser and hungrier entering next season. There are still a few goals to aim for while improving her overall game while trying to clear the final obstacle.

"It's a shame I couldn't make it to state because that's the ultimate goal, but I'm moving forward," said Chia, a junior. "I already know what I need to work on to get to that last step.

"I felt like I met all of my other expectations and the team was a lot better. It's just going to take a lot of more hard work with the different parts of my game to make it to state."

She won her second straight Pacific League individual championship and helped Crescenta Valley share a piece of the league championship with Arcadia. When the postseason arrived, Chia again proved to be a force.


She helped the Falcons finish sixth at the CIF Southern Section Central Team Divisional before advancing all the way to the CIF Southern Section Individual Final and Women's Southern California Golf Assn. Qualifying Tournament — the third round of individual play — for the third season in a row.

It's because of those accomplishments that Chia has been unanimously chosen the 2012 All-Area Girls' Golfer of the Year by the sports writers and editors of the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, La Cañada Valley Sun and Pasadena Sun. It marks the third straight season that Chia has received the honor.

"I'm proud for being able to get that far again," Chia said. "I thought playing in league was real fun.

"It was cool to be able to share league because it's a big accomplishment for the team. We thought we had a good team coming into the season and we had the type of players who never gave up and kept on battling."

Individually, Chia faced considerably less drama during the league prelims at Brookside Golf Course No. 1 in Pasadena. Chia raced to a six-stroke lead through the first 18 holes of the 36-hole competition against Burbank sophomore Irene Maemura. Chia maintained her six-shot lead in the second round to sew up another championship.

"I wanted to try to get a bigger lead," said Chia, who captured the league individual crown in 2011 in a card-off. "Overall, I was happy to win it again."

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