After finishing second in the CIF Northern Division a year ago, an inexperienced girls’ golf team has their sights set on advancing farther in CIF as they break in two new coaches.
Marge Chamberlain and Ric Moore fill the positions of program head and assistant coach, respectively.
“Everyone’s definitely sad about Coach Linda and Coach Lisa leaving, but we all are very excited to have Coach [Chamberlain],” Kate Kushi ’14 said “She’s been extremely accessible over the summer.”
Preparation before the season will be key as captains Maddy Abrahams ’14 and Kushi are the only upperclassmen on this year’s team, but Kushi expects the underclassmen to be “big contributors.”
“We have a lot of young talent, and I think that, balanced with the experience that Kate and I have, will make a very competitive squad,” Abrahams said.
The Wolverines open their season with a league game against Chaminade Sept. 3 at Encino Golf Course, the Wolverines home course.
Chaminade is one of the Wolverines’ main competitors in the Mission League, Kushi said.
Last year, Chaminade finished second in the Mission League.
The squad’s other main competitor is Notre Dame, whose victory over the Wolverines last year was the only blemish on the team’s otherwise undefeated regular season record.
“One of our goals this season is to beat Notre Dame, who we have lost to each of the past three years,” Kushi said.
While this team has to replace the production of Amanda Aizuss ’13 and Jessica Wibawa ’13, Kushi belives they can.
“We have a strong team possibly even stronger than last year,” Kushi said.
These high expectations are shared by Abrahams, who is “glad to see the direction of the program only going up.”
“I am thrilled to be the captain and the leader of a team with so much potential, and I believe we can continue to build upon the success we created for ourselves last year as CIF runners-up,” Abrahams said.