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Varsity girls golf team defeats Sacred Heart Prep 204-255

Ashley Mo
Juniors Khanhlinh Tran and Allison Yang walk together on the first hole of Sunnyvale Golf Course. The two were the first to tee off at around 4 pm.

The varsity girls golf team triumphed over Sacred Heart Preparatory 204-255 in their fifth match of the season on Tuesday at Sunnyvale Golf Course. 

Juniors Allison Yang and Khanhlinh Tran teed off first, and the rest of the team followed suit in ten minute intervals. Each playing group consisted of two Harker girls paired against two players from Sacred Heart Prep.

The girls played a total of nine holes and ended at around 8:30 p.m. Allison won her first medalist honors of the season with a 36 (+1), carding one birdie, two bogeys and six pars. Ashley Mo (10) and Joyce He (9) came in second with 39s (+4), and Anika Pallapothu (11) placed third with a 44 (+9). Harker’s top six players competed in the match, but the five best scores were counted.

The team competes at Sunnyvale Golf Course every year, but Tuesday’s match presented them with a unique set of challenges. The Eagles came out of the tournament with higher scores than usual mainly due to the unevenness of the greens and the abundance of trees in the fairway, which blocked visibility of the hole. Despite their win, Joyce acknowledges that there is always room for improvement.

“I think we have to learn how to have better course management,” Joyce said. “The greens on this course were super bumpy, and sometimes they were fast [or] slow, so we definitely have to learn how to adapt to new situations every match. I think because we weren’t used to these conditions, we lost a few strokes.”

The Eagles currently sit at the top of the West Bay Athletic League (WBAL) standings and are the only undefeated team in the league. In strategic practice sessions, they analyze both their strengths and areas of improvement. By pinpointing specific weaknesses in their golf game, such as “lag putting”, a term used to describe putting from long distances, the girls can consistently enhance their performance in tournaments. 

“We’ve been making great strides in our practices, [whether that be] tightening up our short game, working on distance control in putting or tweaking our swings,” middle and upper school head golf coach Ie-Chen Cheng said. “[I’m] really delighted with the progress of our golfers. Our top goal for the season is to have fun, work together as a team [and] be committed to the sport. Then the results will come.” 

Following their victorious match, the girls are setting their sights on future aspirations, such as clinching their sixth consecutive League Championship title, placing at CCS and advancing to the Northern California Regional Championships. 

“Although our scores could have been better [today and] in previous matches, I believe that the connection, bond and depth within our team can take us far this year,” Khanhlinh said. “Even with a win, our performance was off and that was reflected in our scores. With hard work and practice, I believe that we can hone our skills and prepare for CCS and Norcals.”

The varsity girls golf team now holds a 5-0 record. The team plays Castilleja and Mercy next at Moffett Golf Club on Monday at 3:30 p.m. 

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Ashley Mo
Ashley Mo, Reporter
Ashley Mo (10) is a reporter for Harker Aquila, and this is her second year on staff. This year, Ashley hopes to write about stories both within and outside of the Harker community, form friendships on the journalism team and learn more about global news events. In her free time, she enjoys playing golf and listening to music.

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