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Golf Team’s First Season Ends on Hopeful Note

Briana Thai
Staff Writer

As the first official girls’ golf season has come to a close, a new leaf is turned over. Although the team had to forfeit many matches due to the insufficient number of members, the team tops their season off with two girls attending league finals.

“[The girls] played as well as they could play this season. We had two girls make it to league finals, and [they] could have easily made it to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) prelims; it was just an off day. Our expectations for next year is to have more girls come out and play for us,” Head Coach Luis Brambila said.

On Oct. 21, the girls participated in Almont League preliminaries. Those who scored less than a 50 advanced to finals, and the top four from finals advanced to CIF preliminaries. During preliminaries, junior Amanda Beeal shot a 48 and sophomore Yaneli Guajardo shot a 50, both qualifying to be league finalists.

On Oct. 23, Beeal and Guajardo competed in finals, an 18-hole game against 10 other girls from the Almont League at Marshall Canyon. Beeal finished 12th out of 23 girls. Finishing fifth in finals, Guajardo qualified as an alternate for CIF preliminaries, meaning if one of the top four is unable to attend, she would compete. Despite not qualifying for CIF as a team, the girls ended their first season knowing they will do better next year.

“Next year I really hope we have more girls try out! We will have a better chance at qualifying for [both league] finals and CIF [next season],” sophomore Yaneli Guajardo said.

Next season, the golf team hopes to reach a total of seven to ten players. They are going to start recruiting earlier, and hopefully engage in practices earlier in their offseason.

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