Girls golf makes history at state championships


Provided by Ie-Chen Cheng

Golfers Natalie Vo (11) and Claire Chen (9) pose together during the state championships on Nov. 19. Claire tied for third place in the tournament, earning a final score of 73, two strokes over par.

Varsity girls golfers Claire Chen (9) and Natalie Vo (11) made school history at the 2019 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Golf Championships on Tuesday, Nov. 19, marking an impressive end to their season. The two qualified as individuals to the tournament, having placed in the top nine at the NorCal Regional Championships.

Claire tied for third place, earning a final score of 73, two strokes over par. She is not only the youngest but also the first Harker golfer to place this high at the state level. Additionally, Natalie, who placed 46th with 11 over par, is the first to go to back-to-back state championships as an individual qualifier.

“It feels really good. It’s nice to have a reward for all the hard work,” Claire said afterwards. “I didn’t really have expectations [going into States], but I tried to set goals to reach, and it felt really nice to have a team that had my back.”

This has been another successful year for girls golf, as their season officially concluded following this championship match. In addition to beating rivals Valley Christian and Palo Alto, who went on to take first in the team category, the Eagles were league champions, undefeated for the second consecutive year. More than these accomplishments, the girls cherish the memories they were able to create together during this journey.

“We had a fabulous season,” head coach Ie-Chen Cheng said. “The team chemistry [was] amazing, and the bond we had was quite special. [We] learned so much about each other and had many memorable moments none of us will forget.”