Girls’ Golf defeats La Serna

Varsity girls’ golf defeated La Serna, 187-201, in a non-league match Wednesday, Oct. 13 at Mountain Meadows Golf Course.

La Serna, ranked fifth in the CIF Southern Section, has lost only two matches this season, both times to Walnut.

“I scheduled some of the best teams last so we could get prepared for CIF,” golf coach Cecil Woods said. “My thought was if we play well, we could win. I was extremely confident because I knew my best players were there.”

With sophomore Katherine Muzi and senior Alison Chang each carding a one-under par 35 in comparison to La Serna’s leading score of 37, the match fell in the Mustangs’ favor early on. Sophomore Trussy Li and juniors Anabelle Chang and Keisha Lugito shot scores of 39, 37 and 40, respectively.

“[Going] into the match, I was really nervous because of the expectation to play well and trying to play into CIF. I also had an expectation to not disappoint myself,” Lugito said. “It was more of a mental game, because I hadn’t played in such a long time. So playing against the other girls and at a golf course that seemed very difficult was like a mental blockage. But once I got into the match, I kind of let those things go and played my best.”

Wednesday’s win revealed the team’s strengths in hitting distance and accuracy but also exposed weaknesses in course management and putting.

“My plan is for everyone to putt for at least an hour, five times a week. We need to concentrate on hitting more greens and having better course management; we’re going for too many flags when we should be going for the middle of the green,” Woods said.

The match served as preparation for next week’s league finals, which will determine the nine players headed to the CIF individual championship and the CIF team championship in two weeks. The Mustangs are slated to play one last match against Santiago Friday, Oct. 16 before CIF competition begins.

“We’re hoping to repeat as CIF champions, move on to state playoffs and win state for the first time. This has always been our goal,” Woods said. “All matches help prepare us for that.”

By Alison Chang, Editor-in-chief

Photo by Casey Lee