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St. Francis girls golf team claims NorCal crown for 4th consecutive year

Courtesy of Phil Marrone
The Lancers – clockwise, from left, Grace Chen, Reisha Savadatti, Bibi Liu, Jacqueline “Doodle” Yuen, Aishvarya Bedi and Maya Pugatch – celebrate their NorCal win.

Although last week’s win marked the fourth year in a row that the St. Francis High girls golf team has captured the Northern California championship, it has not become so routine that the Lancers don’t revel in their achievement.

“They celebrated like a bunch of high school girls, being silly and taking crazy photos,” coach Phil Marrone said. “They were having a great time.”

St. Francis High girls golf team shooting for more championships

Courtesy of Phil Marrone
The St. Francis High girls golf team – featuring starters, from left, Reisha Savadatti, “Doodle” Yuen, Bibi Liu, Alina Feng, Aishvarya Bedi and Maya Pugatch – won the West Catholic Athletic League championships last week.

Considering what the St. Francis High girls golf team accomplished last season, coach Phil Marrone’s assertion that “We’re better this year,” says a lot about the Lancers.

After all, St. Francis won league, sectional and regional titles last fall.

Locals chip in to support Youth on Course program

Courtesy of Lisa Elliott
Youth on Course member Sandip Nirmel, from left, YOC committee members Tom DeFilipps, Ann Baskins, Nancy Campbell and Clay Campbell, and YOC member Ronnie McDowell Jr. attend a recent fundraiser for the program.

Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club recently hosted the first private club fundraising event to benefit Youth on Course, a golf program supported by Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents.

Started by the Northern California Golf Association in 2005, YOC provides students ages 6-18 with access to potentially life-changing opportunities through golf, beginning with access to affordable golf (less than $5 at more than 330 participating courses) and continuing beyond the green with employment opportunities, paid high school internships and college scholarships.

A team of their own

Courtesy of Katelyn Lee
Katelyn Lee, entering her freshman year at Mountain View High, helped spur the drive to start a girls golf team at the school.

Until now, if girls wanted to play golf at Mountain View or Los Altos high schools, they would have to join the boys team in the spring. This fall, girls at each school will have a team of their own.

Officials at both schools said they decided last spring to add girls golf teams. They had considered launching the programs in previous years, but not enough girls showed interested.

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