Golf aims for title defense, better performance in CIF

By Alex Leichenger

Led by 2008 Mission League Most Valuable Player Tiffany Yang ’10, the girls’ golf team will try to avenge a subpar performance in CIF Playoffs last season.

The first five matches on the Wolverines’ schedule take place away from its home courses of Balboa and Encino. The squad kicks off its season Monday versus Alemany before facing Notre Dame the next day.

The latter school came the closest of any Mission League team to beating last year’s Wolverines, falling short by six strokes.

The Wolverines went 11-0 last year en route to a league title, but placed fifteenth out of eighteen teams at the CIF Sectional Team Championships in Oxnard.

Yang and Melanie Borinstein ’11 both return after qualifying for the CIF Individual Finals last season. Linda Giaciolli returns for her second season as head coach, while LPGA Hall of Famer Amy Alcott retains her position as Program Head.

“Although we had great success last year, we can still do so much better this year,” Yang said. “There are the little things out on the golf course that we can tweak to improve, like our short game and our swing technique. By warming up and helping each other out, it won’t be hard as a team to be the best that we can be.”

“I have no doubt that we’ll do just as great as last year. The team players have been practicing all summer and [preparing for the season],” Yang said.