With the fall season coming up quickly, the usual high school sports like football, cross country, water polo and tennis begin to kick off their start to a new year. But this year, another sport has arisen to compete. Girls’ golf has recently expanded at Alhambra High School. In fact, it is slowly gaining popularity, making the jump from just tournaments to competing for league titles and championships like every other high school sport. After its pilot season last year, the team expects to go far, even into the playoffs, despite the fact that this is their first run in league.
“I think the team has definitely improved in both our skill and mind set,” sophomore Yaneli Guajardo said. “We have been practicing hard over the summer and listening to Head Coach Brambilla’s advice. We really hope to make it as far as we can in CIF.”
Throughout the summer and into the school year, the girls’ golf team has held practices for two hours at the Almansor Golf Course. A typical day of practice usually consists includes warm-up, shooting a basket of golf balls, chipping, putting, pitching and playing a seven-hole game.
“We can improve on our positive attitude especially when we are having a terrible game,” Guajardo said. “In golf, it’s not about the game, but about the way you handle it.”
Golf requires a player to develop whole new skill set in order to become better. The sport focuses more on accuracy, mental focus and power than on strength or athleticism of other sports. While others find it boring, some people that have experienced the sport disagree.
“What interests me about golf is that you can play at any age,” junior Amanda Beeal said. “I believe it to be a stress reliever.”
The girls’ golf team will officially begin their first Almont season on Sept. 16 at the Azusa Greens Golf Course against the Azusa Aztecs.