For St. Francis High, qualifying for the Central Coast Section girls golf championships is par for the course; the Lancers have now made it 10 years in a row. But for Mountain View High, which also earned a spot in this week’s event, it’s groundbreaking.
The Spartans, who started their program in 2016 and only this season moved up to the SCVAL De Anza Division, have qualified for CCS for the first time.
“Not bad for a team that was last in the lower league our first year,” coach Jim McGuirk said. “The girls have really improved a lot and we have added some good talent.”
That talent includes freshman Kaitlyn Hahn, who shot a team-best 77 at last week’s SCVAL championships. Senior teammates Reeya Vasishta and Katelyn Lee followed with rounds of 79 and 83, respectively, at the par-71 Santa Teresa Golf Course.
As a team, Mountain View shot 422 to finish third at the Oct. 22 event.
“We did really well,” said McGuirk, who added that the Spartans came up one spot shy of automatically qualifying for CCS.
The team learned at Thursday’s seeding meeting that it advanced to CCS as one of seven at-large teams.
“I’m mostly very happy for Reeya and Katelyn Lee, as they started the program and have helped grow it,” McGuirk said.
St. Francis also landed an at-large berth in the 17-team competition, held Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s deadline) at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey.
The Lancers placed second to Valley Christian at the West Catholic Athletic League championships Oct. 21 at Santa Teresa. They shot 383, led by medalist Aishvarya Bedi’s 2-under-par 69. Doodle Yuen finished fourth with a 75, Kaila Tan took eighth by shooting 77 and Angelina Pohahau and Ekta Karkala tied for 10th with 81s.
Los Altos High and Pinewood School sent individual players to CCS. Los Altos sophomore Sophie Thai qualified automatically by shooting a 71 to win the individual title at the SCVAL championships and senior teammate Caris Kim earned an at-large berth.
Pinewood senior Megan Chou, the CCS runner-up last year, also earned one of the 19 individual spots in the event.
The top three teams and top four individuals at CCS not on a qualifying team advance to Monday’s Northern California championships at El Macero Country Club.