Last week, the Lady Islanders Golf Team competed in the annual San Diego City Conference Championship held at Balboa Park Golf Course. The eighteen-hole course hosted 41 players from 12 high schools in the Western and Eastern leagues. Coronado entered five girls as a team with three other schools: Cathedral Catholic, Scripps Ranch and Morse.
Playing 5,400 yards from the red tees, the top nine were a familiar sight for the girls as they had competed in previous matches at Balboa Park. The last nine were more foreign, but the entire course offered undulating fairways, steep hills, massive canyons, and sweeping views of the downtown San Diego skyline.
Second year Bella villarin was the first among the Islanders with an impressive score of 7 over par 79; she placed 4th in the tournament after a cardboard-off for third place.
Second year companion jasmine lo was next with a round of 11 on par 83 securing 8th place and a place in the top 10. Junior Mariella Avanni was 16th with a 92 round, and his sister Nathalie Avanni was 28th after getting a 96. Freshman Malia perry completed the Islanders with a score of 97. With a cumulative score of 447, Coronado was third among four schools, just behind Scripps Ranch who totaled 429 and Cathedral Catholic with a 441.
After the first day of strokeplay, the top 16 players faced off in an intense match play format. Seed number one faced the 16th seed, seed number two faced the 15th seed, and so on. The girls faced off in nine hole matches where only one player was crowned the winner and moved on to the next day.
Three islanders qualified for the match play: Mariella, Jasmine and Bella. Mariella was the 16th seed and faced tournament leader Taylor Riley of Point Loma. After a fierce battle, Mariella fell to her opponent five and four.
Jasmine faced the number nine seed and held it up to the eighth hole where she won her game two with one hole left, securing a spot in the quarterfinals.
Bella was up against the number 13 seed and easily won her match three-and-two, securing a place in the quarter-finals as well.
Eight girls were still in the running for the league title on Wednesday, including two from Coronado. With every competition eliminated, the matches were fiercer and more intense. This would be the third consecutive time the girls have played the top nine at Balboa Park golf course, so players would have to rely on their confidence and technique to advance to the next round.
Jasmine faced Taylor and lost three and two. Bella won her match two-handed and secured a place in the last four.
Among the best of the best, the last four were to play eighteen holes on the famous Torrey Pines South Course. Hosting the PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open, City of San Diego Amateur Golf Championship and World Junior Golf Championship, the South Course is the longest course played in a regular PGA Tour event at an intimidating distance. of 7,800 meters from the peaks. With stunning backdrops of the Pacific Ocean, paragliders, and views of Black’s Beach beneath the cliffs, Torrey Pines is placed near the top of every golfer’s golf course list.
From the yellow tees, the top nine on the south course played 2,740 yards. Gusts of wind, thick greens and fast greens challenged all four players, but this time they were fighting against their opponent, not the course. Bella faced Taylor and lost four and three after several missed putts.
âThe pin positions were almost the same as on the last day of the Farmers Insurance Open which made putting really difficult. It was quite an experience playing on the south course, âsaid coach Stuart Gordon.
The girls were moved to the white tees on the last nine, which played just over 3,000 yards. Bella struggled to make greens and ended up in several bunkers, but managed to fight quite square when entering the infamous eighteenth par-five hole. Her opponent conceded the hole after her ball found the water, and Bella won her game with a lead. She ended up placing third overall in the match play bracket.
With hard-fought rounds in the books, the Islanders learned a lot from this unique format and saw a whole different side to competitive golf.
To close the season, the JV team competed in their version of CIF titled “The Best of the Rest”. Held at the National City Golf Course, the team scores were added together to determine the winning school, and the individual scores were also compared to hand out the medals.
Star and junior JV player Madeline Tulagan finished his high school golfing career on a high note placing third in a field of nearly 40 players. She had an impressive round of five by 39. Freshman Sierra Grella was next with a solid 51, and the juniors Sadie wong and Morgan arendt both got a 62.
âThey all enjoyed the game and had fun; that’s what I love about the JV team, âexplained coach Stuart. âOur team finished fourth.
Next week, the varsity team look to face off in a three-way game against El Capitan and Oceanside at the Coronado Golf Course. The winning school will earn a place as a team at the CIF, which will be held during the week of November 1st.
Find the San Diego Chapter and Western League Women’s Golf Rankings here.
Find information on Coronado Girls golf players and match results here.
Find the results of the Fall City Conference match play championship here.