Girls golf finishes league undefeated

JAKE LITTLEJOHN

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The varsity girls golf team has finished its league season with a record of 14 – 0 putting them at the top of the Capital Valley Conference standings. Last year, the team finished second place in league with a record of 11 – 3. This is the first time that the girls golf team has received a league banner in Roseville High School’s history.

Junior Kayla Kwong, the league MVP, led the team to victory this year with an average of 38.1 strokes per nine hole round. Kwong shot the lowest score in all of the team’s matches this year.

The team consists of juniors Kayla Kwong, Delaney Grimes, Sydney Ferre, Lillian Louie, Sam Lucero and sophomore Carly Nicholson. These girls averaged 240 strokes per nine holes as a team.

The team’s strong season has put them into the playoffs and Corey Fukuman, the team’s coach, believes that the team has a legitimate chance to do well in the postseason.

“I think if the girls keep playing well, like they are doing now, then they will have a chance to move on,” Fukuman said.

Throughout the duration of the season, the Lady Tigers had some close matches. The girls narrowly edged Ponderosa 242 – 247 on Oct. 15 and Whitney 230 – 240 on Sept. 17.

According to Fukuman, the girls are showing continuous improvement and are shooting lower scores every time they play, which is part of the reason why they have so much success.

“The girls have improved a lot from last year,” Fukuman said. “I think they will continue to get better and better.”

Ever since the start of the season, Kwong has believed that the team could place first and win the league banner.

“We didn’t lose many seniors last year and I knew we would grow this year,” Kwong said.

She had high expectations for the team this season but also challenged herself as an individual to continuously get better.

She said that at the beginning of the season her focus was to better herself as much as she possibly could.

“There is a lot of competition in the CVC,” Kwong said. “My goal was just to shoot the lowest scores possible.”

Kwong sees future improvement in the team as well. She said that because there are no seniors on the team this year, the girls that are on the team now will be able to play again next year and will perform even better than they did this year.

Grimes believes that the girls on the team connect really well and said that this has been a great factor in their success.

“Our team excelled this year because of the chemistry we were able to build so early on in the season,” Grimes said. “We all feed off of each other and have kept the positivity flowing through the season.”

The Tigers play Teal Bend Golf Course in the CIF-SJS playoff tournament today with hopes of winning the Sac-Joaquin Section banner.