Girls golf falters in playoffs, Young in state semi-finals

Chronicle Staff

Despite impressive performances from the all-Mission League tandem of Ally Young ’07 and Charlotte Abrams ’09, the girls’ golf team was unable to make the final four-team cut at this year’s CIF Central Team Divisionals on Oct. 29.

Out of a field of nearly 30 at Yucaipa Valley Golf Club, the squad just missed out on an appearance in the next round of CIF with a cumulative score of 475.  While they did not perform poorly, their score was 23 strokes higher than the score they recorded in their second place finish in the Mission League preliminaries. 

Despite missing the cut, Head Coach and math teacher Megan Phillips feels the trip was a success. 

“The team played confidently on an unfamiliar course,” Phillips said.

The tournament experience proved especially valuable for those on the team who had yet to experience a big tournament atmosphere.

“The younger team members learned a great deal about tournament style golf and met other players from all over Southern California,” Phillips said.

The team’s two-loss season was ended by not making the cut. Both of their losses came at the hands of Notre Dame, losing handily 223-249 and 233-250, by far the Wolverines’ worst outings of the year stroke-wise.

“Our girls are certainly capable of beating Notre Dame, based on our scores in league play,” Phillips said.

“The team had a tendency to be mentally psyched out by Notre Dame’s reputation and experience.”

Underclasswomen have played an important part in this year’s campaign with prominent roles being played by Abrams and Tiffany Yang ’10.

However, despite not making the cut of CIF divisionals, the season will continue for Young, ranked third in the Mission League. 

She participated in the CIF Northern Division Individual Tournament on Monday at Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo.  There, her performance was good enough to place her into the State semifinal tournament.

“I had never played the course before and the conditions were some of the hardest that I’ve ever played in,” Young said.  “It was so windy, the pins weren’t even staying in the hole and the greens were really fast.  That’s why a lot of the scores were higher than usual.”

“I competed against 77 other girls and the top 45 moved on.  I was probably in the top ten or top fifteen, but the official rankings haven’t been released yet.”

 The state seminfinal round will take place tomorrow at Diamond Bar Golf Course.

“It’s not a private country club and it’s not that nice of a place,” she said.  The greens aren’t as good so it is going be harder to score high.  So, hopefully I’ll make it, but I am nervous.”