St. Francis stumbles at state

After finishing fifth at the 2013 state championships and fourth last year, the St. Francis High girls golf team hoped to crack the top three this season.

Instead, the Lancers went backward.


Lancers defend their crown, win CCS tourney by 18 strokes

The St. Francis High girls golf team not only beat the competition last week at the Central Coast Section Championships – the Lancers beat themselves. Well, the 2014 version of themselves.

St. Francis’ score of 377 was eight strokes better than its winning effort at last year’s tournament, also played on Rancho Cañada Golf Club’s East Course in Carmel.


Lancers roll toward title in girls golf

Courtesy of Phil Marrone
The St. Francis High girls golf team last season captured the Northern California championship, above.

Last year’s St. Francis High girls golf team was the best in school history, though it could lose that status soon – perhaps by November.

“I think we’re better this year,” coach Phil Marrone said.


Five-year-old from Los Altos proves to be ace of clubs

Courtesy of Bill Schlough
Xavier Schlough, 5, carded a hole-in-one last week at Deep Cliff Golf Course.

As a 5-year-old, Los Altos resident Xavier Schlough has done something most golfers won’t achieve in a lifetime – make a hole-in-one.

Xavier bagged his ace Aug. 31 on the 17th hole at Deep Cliff Golf Course in Cupertino, according to his dad, Bill Schlough.


Golfer reaches regional round of PGA contest

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Joelle Kim, who took up golf a year ago, is a win away from making it to the final of the PGA Drive, Chip & Putt Championship.

At just 9 years old, Joelle Kim has an opportunity many golfers dream of – she gets to compete at Chambers Bay Golf Course in Tacoma, Wash.

After making it through local and subregional eliminations in the PGA Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, the Oak Avenue School fourth-grader has advanced to the upcoming regional final scheduled Sept. 12 at Chambers Bay – site of this year’s U.S. Open Championship.


Kim plays in what could be her final USGA Women's Amateur

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Lauren Kim of Los Altos qualified for match play at last week’s USGA Women’s Amateur.

Last week’s USGA Women’s Amateur not only marked Lauren Kim’s last golf tournament of the summer – it may prove to be her final amateur event as well. The Los Altos resident has designs on turning pro after she graduates from Stanford University next spring.

So Kim was hoping for a better performance at the USGA’s biggest amateur event of the year, played Aug. 10-16 in Oregon. Kim had no trouble making it past stroke play – posting two solid rounds at the Portland Golf Club – but she was eliminated in the opening round of match play. Kim lost in 19 holes to Mika Liu of Beverly Hills.


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