Northern California NCGA/CIF H.S. Girls Champshp
06 Nov 2006

WOODLAND, Calif. (Nov 6, 2006) -– By winning the NCGA/CIF Girls High School Golf Championship Monday at the Yolo Fliers Club, the girls of St. Francis High School in Sacramento proved yet again that team camaraderie and trust go a long way towards winning a championship.

The team of six coached by Kate O’Neil shot 395 to win handily over their closest competitors, Santa Catalina High School in Monterey. Coach O’Neil credited her team’s victory to their mental focus. “Everyday in practice we work on course management and pressure situations. We hold competitions like putting contents and closest to the hole to simulate competition during a round so that the girls remain focused mentally.” Junior golfer Laurie Lien agreed with her coach when describing another key to their victory. “As a player I never feel that much pressure on myself because I know that if I don’t play well someone else on my team will be there to pick me up. I’m nervous for the team way more than I am for myself.” Without any seniors on the team, St. Francis promises to be back next year to defend their title. Carondelet took third place in an exciting card-off to move on to the State Championship next week.

In the individual competition, Marina Martinez fired a three-under-par 69 to set an early pace that no one could match. The Beyer High School senior was first off the tenth tee and made her presence known early by birdying her second hole, the par-five eleventh. For the next nine holes consistency was the name of the game as she calmly pared each one before chipping in on the par-four third hole for birdie. The 20-yard chip shot was the result of only one of two missed fairways on the day. Then, almost inexplicably, Martinez chipped in again on the next hole to save par causing her dad to exclaim, “Somebody stop me!” When asked to describe the unlikely series of events, the 17-year-old said, “I haven’t had a chip-in in a while, but then to have two in a row was just…wow! Amazing!”

Candace Chan of McClatchy High School finished second in the individual competition, one behind the champion with a 70. Mina Harigae of Robert Louis Stevenson finished third with a one-under-par 71. Also moving on to the State Championship in the individual competition will be Alexandra Groetsema, Joanne Lee, and Samantha Saffold.

Final Team Standings: St. Francis 395 Santa Catalina 418 Carondelet 421 McClatchy 421 Robert Louis Stevenson 432 Lodi 441 Marin Catholic 441 St. Ignatius 447 Monte Vista 462 Pleasant Valley 513 Enterprise 531 Lowell 578 Final Individual Standings: Marina Martinez (I)* Beyer 69 Candace Chan* McClatchy 70 Mina Harigae* Robert Louis Stevenson 71 Alexandra Groetsema (I)* Palo Alto 74 Joanne Lee (I)* Carlmont 74 Marissa Mar St. Francis 74 Samantha Saffold (I)* Del Campo 74 Chelsea Stelzmiller (I) Union Mine 75 Diane Kwon (I) J.F. Kennedy 75 Tiffany Dong St. Francis 76 Ariana Patterson Santa Catalina 77 Emily Childs (I) Alameda 77 Joy Kim (I) Albany 77 Daniela Okino St. Francis 79 Jane Lee Monte Vista 79 Nicole Ferrero Lodi 79 Courtney Mazzei Santa Catalina 80 Ellese Dias Carondelet 80 Haley Andreas (I) Pacific Grove 80 Katrina Delen-Briones Lowell 80 Rachel Sibbitt Marin Catholic 80 Rosalie Tolentino St. Ignatius 80 Caitlin Locke (I) Bret Harte 81 Lori Lien St. Francis 81 Allison Firmeza Carondelet 83 Jam Vilairatana Robert Louis Stevenson 83 Eleana Collins Santa Catalina 84 Julie Kindell Carondelet 84 Kercia Brakel Lodi 84 Lauren Mackey McClatchy 84 Erika Salinas McClatchy 85 Jennifer Moore St. Francis 85 Kate Tscharner Lodi 85 Leah Hammergren Carondelet 85 Hope Keaney Marin Catholic 86 Jody Ho (I) Piedmont Hills 86 Cristina Bowery Santa Catalina 87 Jari-Lee Tolentino St. Ignatius 87 Megan West St. Ignatius 87 Sharon Lu Marin Catholic 87 Becky Miller Monte Vista 88 Angie Leong Monte Vista 89 Brooke Stephens Pleasant Valley 89 Samantha Quon McClatchy 89 Taylor Vigil Carondelet 89 Tiffany Krusemark (I) Las Plumas 89 Courtney Soekland (I) Santa Rosa 90 Ryan Tuttle Santa Catalina 90 Victoria Student St. Ignatius 90 Jaclyn Fletcher Lodi 91 Kaleigh Morgan Marin Catholic 91 Amanda Deering Robert Louis Stevenson 92 Andrea Fung (I) Lincoln 92 Courtney Dong St. Francis 92 Justine Oh Robert Louis Stevenson 92 Jamie Kirk McClatchy 93 Alex Wilbur Robert Louis Stevenson 94 Megan Morgan Enterprise 94 Lani May Centeno Santa Catalina 96 Ananda Rochita Lowell 97 Natalie Way Marin Catholic 97 Sara Banke Monte Vista 97 Ellen Quigley Carondelet 98 Maya Reddy (I) Shasta 98 Taryn Yee McClatchy 98 Nicole Brisbois Marin Catholic 100 Heather Fegley Pleasant Valley 101 Leah Towns Lodi 102 Ashley Strain Enterprise 103 Renee Elegio St. Ignatius 103 Jessye Shepherd Pleasant Valley 105 Katherine Warren St. Ignatius 105 Katy Yu Robert Louis Stevenson 106 Carrie Burkett Enterprise 107 Kaileigh Bible Enterprise 107 Seana Olson Pleasant Valley 107 Ashley Novosad (I) Lassen 109 Erin Bowser Monte Vista 109 Jaimie Malone Pleasant Valley 111 Devalin Jackson Lowell 115 Catherine Laiacona (I) Mount Shasta 116 Tracy Timmons Pleasant Valley 116 Brittany Keegan Enterprise 120 Kayla McPherson Lodi 120 Sofia Garcia Enterprise 141 Ashley Ong Lowell 142 Samantha Serafica Lowell 144 Angeline Tang Lowell 157

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