Girls golf wins senior night match


Meena Gudapati

The team cheers for the seniors as they shoot the last holes. The varsity girls golf team won their senior night match against Sacred Heart Preparatory 186-262.

by Meena Gudapati, Aquila Editor-in-Chief

The varsity girls golf team won its senior night game against Sacred Heart Preparatory at Los Lagos Golf Course in San Jose last night.

Katherine Zhu (12) led the team, shooting 33. Natalie Vo (9), Olivia Guo (9), Katelyn Vo (10), Devanshi Mehta (11) and Vanessa Tyagi (12) shot 39, 37, 36, 41 and 44 respectively, bringing the final score to 186-262. Alisa Su (12) set a personal record, shooting 38.

“I think [they’re] playing pretty well,” Coach Ie-Chen Cheng said. “Senior night is a really special day for them because we’re golfers; we’re always away. No one ever [comes] and [watches], so it means a lot to them that you guys all make a trip out here and watch them. This being their last home, it’s the only time they ever get any kind of recognition.”

After the match, a brief ceremony to honor seniors Katherine, Vanessa, Alisa, Ashna Chandra and Makenzie Tomihiro took place outside of the clubhouse. Cheng shared sentiments about each of the seniors, and seniors’ parents spoke about their daughters experience with the team.

“This group of seniors, what impressed me the most this season was the leadership,” Cheng said. “[Vanessa], Alisa and Katherine worked so well together, and they provide such great leadership. What I love about them is that [they are] a very inclusive bunch. All three of them played all four years, and they know what it was like to be a freshman. They’ve done such a great job of welcoming the newbies in. Their leadership is a big part of why we’re so successful this year.”

Following the speeches, players, friends and family were able to eat snacks and desserts outside the clubhouse.

“[This season] was a lot of fun; I’m going to miss the team a lot,” Ashna, who has played on the team for four years, said. “I think my favorite thing was when one of the teams didn’t show up, we actually went to get Pekoe, we bonded, we talked.”

Cheng cited this season as the “best season ever for a decade.” She called Katherine a “superstar,” and a role model for current younger players on the team. Katherine will play golf for University of California Berkeley next year.

“Every year has been pretty fun, but this year it definitely has been the best because as seniors, [Alisa], Vanessa and I got to take leadership, and we got to lead the team,” Katherine said. “Honestly, [my favorite thing] is not even the golf, it’s just spending time with the people.”

The seniors’ inclusiveness has left an impact on other players on the team.

“They really make the team a family. There’s a big difference this year because it’s one team, not separated,” Linda Luo (11) said. “They’re really nice [people], they have great leadership and they just commit so much for the team and I really appreciate [them] for that.”