Squad finishes strong season


A golf player swings at a meet versus Louisville at the Encino Golf Course. Photo Credit: Adam Yu ’18

Adam Yu and Oliver Akhtarzhad

The girls’ golf team finished the regular season on a strong note with a victory against Alemany 204-286 Oct. 12.

They finished with an overall record of 6-1 and a league record of 5-1, which is slightly lower than their perfect record from last year. The squad only gave up a match againtst the Marlborough Mustangs 206-212.

Girls’ golf won the first consecutive five matches of the season, including wins against Chaminade, Notre Dame and Marymount with scores of 187-272, 187-205 and 192-237, respectively.
Players touted team chemistry as part of the reason for their success during the season.

“This year we had a close-knit team and we really supported each other, which led us to play our best out on the course,” Claire Dennis ’18 said. “Meeting up with my teammates after matches was one of the highlights of matches for me, because everyone would encourage each other and support one another no matter how we all played.”

Daisy Wan ’20 shared some of the squad’s strengths and the reasons for the team’s strong performance.

“Throughout the season, the overall strengths were that we were a great team skill-wise and mentally,” Wan said. “I think the team’s compatibility was really good this year. We always had a lot of fun and played our best and when we didn’t, we always had support. We all had bad days here and there but I didn’t think we had like a weakness.”

The girls finished in third place as a team in the CIF-SS Team Tournament on Oct. 30, which qualified them for the Women’s Southern California Golf Association semifinals.

The squad’s finish exceeded the players’ original outlooks as it wasn’t sure how they would fare compared to last season.

“The season’s results surpassed my expectations,” Dennis said. “I am so proud of everyone on the team because they accomplished what the Harvard-Westlake girls’ golf team has not accomplished in many years by making it to the CIF State semifinals.”

Dennis reflected on her golf career at Harvard-Westlake as a whole.

“I am so proud to have been on a team and playing in tournaments with so many talented golfers,” she said. “This golf team has really shaped my experience at Harvard-Westlake because it is such a supportive community.”