The Los Altos High girls golf team’s chances of finishing the regular season undefeated is just about on par with the prospects of sinking a 6-inch putt.
In this final week of SCVAL El Camino Division play, the Eagles face two teams they beat by more than 30 strokes earlier in the year – Santa Clara and Cupertino. And even if Los Altos somehow lost one, or both, matches, it won’t impact the team’s league standing; the Eagles wrapped up the division title last week by beating second-place Mountain View for the second time this season.
The 206-229 win over the rival Spartans Oct. 5, coupled with a 165-197 rout of Wilcox the next day, boosted Los Altos’ record to 8-0 in league and 11-0 overall.
“It’s been pretty fun,” coach Abe Roof said of his second season at the helm.
The coach hopes the fun continues next week. The Eagles are bound for the SCVAL finals, scheduled Tuesday at Santa Teresa Golf Course, with the goal of performing well enough to earn a berth in the Central Coast Section championships set for Nov. 2 at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch.
“Santa Teresa doesn’t play to our strengths; it helps shorter players,” said Roof, referring to the distance they hit the ball. “But Laguna Seca would help us because it’s a longer course and we have some good ball strikers.”
Senior Sophie Thai drives the ball at an LPGA level, the coach noted, and her freshman sister Cami can crush it as well. Roof called the sisters “world-class players.”
The only player without the last name Thai to win medalist honors this season is Madison Woo, who did so by shooting 2 under par against Wilcox last week. Roof said the sophomore is already “a borderline (NCAA) Division I player.”
Los Altos’ next-best players – juniors Grace Cai and Angie Cheng – have both shaved 10 strokes off their scores from last year.
“They have really stepped up,” Roof said.