GIRLS GOLF: One stroke away from first win

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GIRLS GOLF: One stroke away from first win

Karen Feng

Team loses to Lynbrook, continues 0-11 losing streak

Sophomore Natalie Ng (right) scans the green as junior Shruthi Perati (left) sets her tee at hole 7 of Cupertino’s Deep Cliff Golf Course on Oct. 11. Ng finished with 41 strokes and is currently ranked 35th in the league. Photo by Karen Feng.

In the eight-member girls golf team’s penultimate dual match and final home game on Oct. 11 heading into the Blossom Valley Athletic League finals on Oct. 26, the Matadors suffered their closest loss yet as they continue their losing streak of 0-11. Their second match against Lynbrook at Cupertino’s Deep Cliff Golf Course ended in a 219-220 defeat.

Captain senior Prianka Singh finished with 37 strokes, freshman Anika Singh scored a 39 and junior Natalie Ng received a 41.

Captain senior Prianka Singh (right) tends the flag as Anika Singh putts a ball into the final hole at Deep Cliff Golf Course on Oct. 11. Prianka received the lowest score of the game, 39, and is ranked 14th in the league while Anika is ranked 45th. Photo by Karen Feng.

Despite finishing with the lowest score overall, Prianka struggled with consistency and putting in her game. She parred on holes two, three and nine but had trouble on holes one, four and five.

“A few of my shots were really off, but some were really good,” Prianka said. “I usually am consistent — not consistently good or bad, just consistent. I was pretty off today, but I just need to practice.”

Second seed Anika hit a quintuple bogey on hole three and had trouble with chipping and drawing her driver. Even so, she has seen a pattern of improvement both individually and in the team.

“I hope we can win our last one,” Anika said. “It’s been a good season; we’ve all improved a lot. I think I did really good. Before I was hitting 45; now I’m hitting 39.”

In the third year of its existence, the girls golf team has been making progress, reducing their loss margin throughout the season. With only Prianka graduating this school year, most of the team will stay intact as its members continue to gain experience.

“Their scores have been improving,” head coach Brian Sullivan said. “I think they’re more relaxed. Golf is a game of repetition, and I think they’re getting comfortable with the swing routine.”

Lynbrook High School and MVHS girl golfers socialize after receiving their scores on Oct .11. The Matadors lost by a one-point margin in a 220-219 defeat. Photo by Karen Feng.

Each team may send six individuals to BVAL qualifiers, of which only the top 50 players in the league may qualify. As of Oct. 5, Prianka is ranked 14th, Ng 35th, Anika 45th, and Perati, who still has a chance for a berth, in 62nd.

This year, CCS qualification will not be decided separately for each league. The top team and individual from BVAL will qualify automatically for CCS, while all the other players in the leagues will be evaluated based on rating, slope and course, with the top 25 continuing on to CCS.

The girls golf team will play against Evergreen High School in the last game of the season on Oct. 16.