As the season comes to a close, the girls golf team closes out with a solid finish: sixth place out of twelve other teams in the Santa Clara Coast Valley League (SCVAL) during the Central Coast Section (CCS) tournament on Oct. 27.
The team of younger players has held its own throughout the season, and junior Celia Wilner had only positive feedback about the team.
“I loved playing with this team throughout the season and I was so happy that we went to CCS,” Wilner said.
The team had overall goals for the season to be consistent throughout the season and to work on their mental preparation, both of which Wilner believes drove the team to CCS.
“We were confident that if we played the way we had been playing the whole season, we could make it to CCS,” Wilner said. “Mainly, we were focusing on our actual game and dialing ourselves in mentally.”
The team played well during SCVAL, placing fourth in the league by playing with skill and focus though the CCS qualifying tournament.
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“At leagues we were placed fourth,” Wilner said. “The whole team played well and I am so happy the way it turned out. We all played our normal game and we made it to CCS.”
While at the CCS tournament, however, the team was not able to play as well, according to Wilner.
Despite the bitter-sweet ending, Wilner says that they are looking forward bonding more next season.
“Next year, the team will be great with our original 3; Me, Emily [Hwang], and Elise [Kiya], and our awesome sophomore, Stephanie Yu, and the up and coming freshman Jasmine Choi.”
Even though the senior presence next year may strengthen the leadership, Wilner thinks that the team has already created strong bonds and will benefit from that next season.
“We will know our teammates very well and we will be able to pick each other up when needed,” Wilner said. “We have basically had the same team for two years, and we can already see the camaraderie between us.”