After being named league champions, the girls golf team competed at the Norcal tournament on Monday, Nov. 5. After falling short by sevenstrokes, the team came in fourth in the Norcal competition.
The teams success during the CCS competition and the past season added to its motivation for the Norcal tournament. However, the team faced close competition in the championship match of CCS.
“During CCS, we won the final competition by shooting a 385, Harker high school came in second by shooting a 391 and Valley Christian high school came in third with a score of 392.”
This close match came down to the final players from Palo Alto and their Harker competitors.
“There was a lot of stress when our last two players were competing against their last two players because the scores were really close,” Sung said. “I honestly thought we were going to lose but then our last two players, Bridget O’Keefe and Lauren Sung played really well.”
Speaking of the competition highlights, Priya Bakshi, another junior captain, emphasized Bridget O’Keefe’s further success in the tournament.
“Our new freshman, Bridget O’Keefe, shot a 73 and placed third overall in the whole tournament, which was also really amazing,” Bakshi said.
Bakshi also spoke about the motivation the team gained from CCS; even from their unfavorable moments.
“A key moment from CCS was obviously winning just because although we didn’t have the best day, we were still able to win which kind of proved to us that we could do so much better and make it to states.”
According to Sung, the teams’s finish in the Norcal competition has not been reflective of the teams talent and potential. She is disappointed in their quality of playing at Norcals as she believed they had a better chance this season.
“For the last few years, we have placed sixth in Norcals. This is honestly not a good representation of what we should have placed,” Sung said. “We know we’re playing the best schools in Northern California but our goal was just to make it into the top three, unfortunately we came close but didn’t make it.”
Although the team is disappointed with its failure to qualify for the tournament, freshman Bridget O’Keefe proved individually successful in the tournament.
“Bridget O’Keefe shot a 75 in the tournament and qualified to compete individually at States, we’re really excited for her,” Sung said.
After a long season, the team is grateful for the bonds they formed and the progress they made.
“Overall, I think we played very well this year as a team and we’re definitely able to bond with everyone and build good relationships,” Sung said. “Although the finish may not have been what we wanted, I am really proud of the team for everything we have done and how well we played this season.”