Varsity girls’ golf wins CIF State Championship

Varsity girls’ golf won the 2016 CIF State Golf Championships at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Walnut finished with an overall score of 394 and secured first place in the team’s first CIF Championship title. The Mustangs defeated other schools such as Troy and Saint Francis, which earned second and third places, respectively.

“Before my tee time, I was very nervous. We had been practicing every day and trying to keep our focus,” sophomore Abigail Wiranatha said. “This tournament is what we were qualifying for throughout this whole season, so it took a lot of work to get here, and I’m really glad that it paid off in the end. I’m so proud of [the other girls] as well, and I couldn’t have asked for a better team.”

In preparation for the championship, the team reviewed the course and talked over possible strategies at Coach Woods’ home Monday evening. Additionally, they woke up at 5:30 a.m. to practice, using a different course each time.

“It was extremely nerve-wracking, and I was so anxious leading up to the competition,” junior Trussy Li said. “It was the only thing on my mind the entire week. But I’m really happy with the result—there were a few things that I could have improved, but I think that I hit all of my drives really, really well.”

The total score included senior Anabelle Chang’s score of 76, with junior Katherine Muzi and senior Keisha Lugito both finishing with 82. However, it was Wiranatha who pulled ahead with a low three-over par of 75.

“We worked incredibly hard for this, but I was still really shocked when I found out that we won,” Muzi said. “Most of [it] is because of my team, since they pushed me to do better. Whenever we see each other, we always ask each other how [we’re] doing, and it really builds teamwork. There’s a lot of mental encouragement, and we hug each other and try to improve spirit.”

By Ashley Liang, Staff writer
Photo by Anabelle Chang