Girl’s Golf Caps Off Season with Solid NCS Finish

Matt Klein, Staff Writer

After making it through the Division 1 qualifier, the Campolindo girl’s golf team competed in the North Coast Section Championship on October 31st at Las Positas Golf Club in Livermore. After a poor finish in last year’s event, the Cougars were looking to redeem themselves. On a windy day where scores were high, the Cougars fired a team total of 478, good for an 11th place finish out of the 22 teams at the tournament.

Led by coach Valerie Robertson and star Junior Sammy Chan, the team had a solid 2011 regular season. “We had two great wins over Miramonte which was nice, and now we are just trying to continue our success in the post-season”, said Chan prior to the tournament.

When asked what the team is doing in preparation for the big event, Chan responded, “We aren’t doing anything different. We are just sticking to our normal routine because it has worked for us so far”.

Heading into the event, the Cougars knew they would face some stiff competition. They would be up against league rival Acalanes, as well as last year’s NCS defending champion Alameda High, and runner-up Amador Valley. However, the Cougars did not let that bother them.

Junior Marissa Chan lead the team with a solid score of 84. Unfortunately, the scores dropped off from there; the next best score was a 94 from Junior Sammy Chan. Together, the team total on the day amassed to 478, which left them out of the running.

Despite the disappointing finsih, a very close battle for the top spot raged on between Amador Valley High and Mission San Jose High. When all was said and done, Amador Valley stood atop the field, shooting an astounding team score of 387. Meanwhile, the story of the day was Alameda High’s Carly Childs firing a phenomenal 64, placing her clear of the individual field by eight.

Although the Cougars did not find the result they were looking for at NCS, the year was still a success. “I am so proud of my girls and how we played at all 3 tournaments this year [DFALs, NCS Qualifier, NCS]. This has been an amazing season and we have had our best scores in the past four years. I could not have asked for a better year.”, said Senior Nicki Bartak.