Women’s golf: Saint-Joseph becomes CIF champion again | Local sports

The St. Joseph Women’s Golf Team won their second straight CIF Center Section championship on Tuesday.

After winning the same Division 2 title in the spring, the girls repeated their CIF title on a soggy golf course in Tulare.

The Knights had it easy enough to win their title, beating Ocean League co-champion Mission Prep second by 21 strokes.

St. Joseph finished with a team score of 501. The Knights were led by Kaitlyn Nuñez with her score of 92. Three Knights shot 99: Bella Aldridge, Danielle Maroquin and Macie Taylor. Junior Annie Heybl shot 112. Emily Ramirez also competed for the Knights and finished with a 128.

Nuñez had the fifth best score of the day.

The Knights’ victory was very different from when they won the Division 2 title in June, playing Lemoore in 106 degrees.

On Tuesday, players battled in wet conditions after rain hit the region on Monday. The CIF made the decision not to allow players to lift, clean and place their balls on the course. Golfers started early Tuesday morning in dense fog highlighted by temperatures of 50 degrees with visibility of around 75 meters.

Orcutt Academy took fifth place in Division 2 as Kariss Whitford led the Spartans with a score of 94 that day. Melissa Burns shot 95. Lauren McClung carded a 111 and Luna Sahagun finished with a 113. Vivian Meyer shot a 120.

The preparation for the mission was led by Hsuan Wu’s score of 89. Tabitha Vander Horst shot 102, Margaret Heffernan finished with 104, Beth Heffernan shot 111 and Ava Mayeri got a 116.

Fresno Edison took third place with a score of 528, led by Alela Rathsasombath’s 93.

Neveah Lorenzo de Lemoore shot an 85 for the best score of the day. Sanger’s Simone Kirby shot the second best score of the day with an 86.

In the title won by the Knights in June, St. Joseph was led by Aldridge, who shot 85 holes over 18 holes at the Lemoore Golf Course. Heybl, Nuñez, Lita Mahoney and Mackenzie Taylor have also scored golfers on this team. The Knights shot a 457 to win the title at Lemoore in the spring.

This is the school’s third CIF golf title since the regional programs moved to the central section four years ago. The Knights won a men’s division 3 golf title in 2019.

The Pioneer Valley Panthers competed in the Division 3 group and shot a team score of 600. The Panthers were led by Katrina Mat’s 110 score. Marissa Dollinger shot 116, Meghan Contreras and Jenny Curiel each shot 121. Moniah Marquez shot 132.

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Visalia Central Valley Christian won the Division 3 title with a score of 561, led by Susie Philips ’93. Tulare Union took second place with a team score of 570.

Madera South’s Ava Arredondo led all scorers with an 83 at Par-72 Tulare Golf Course.

Righetti’s Jacquelyn Reynoso will compete in the section tournament scheduled for Monday at the Kern River Golf Course. She is the only Santa Maria Valley golfer on the pairs.

Nipomo’s Alexa Burdick and Sophia Furness are both registered to compete. Arroyo Grande High School has serious contenders to meet the section including sisters Bella and Gigi Gunasayan, as well as Emily Webb, Lili Johnson, Maya London and Emma Dodson.

Golfers try to qualify for the SoCal regional tournament scheduled for Nov. 11 at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, and then for the state tournament scheduled for Nov. 16 at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

Righetti to face AG for Mountain title

Righetti beat Morro Bay 9-5 in a semi-final match in the Mountain League final on Tuesday, qualifying for the league title game on Thursday.

The Warriors will play Arroyo Grande at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at AGHS.

In the win over Morro Bay, Ella Green, Elli Ryan and Kayli Hernandez each scored three goals to propel the Righetti offense.

Madisyn Cutliff made 12 cage saves for the Warriors.

The Warriors are 12-7 this season and 7-2 in the league. Both league losses came against Arroyo Grande, including a 14-6 home loss in September and a 10-4 road loss earlier this month.

Arroyo Grande is 21-8 this season after going 9-0 in the league. The Eagles are the third team in the central section of the CIF behind Clovis West and Clovis. Righetti is ranked # 11 in the section.

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