Spring Creek GCC
November 4, 2013
RIPON – St. Francis of Mountain View came out on top at the 2013 NCGA/CIF Girls High School Championship on Monday. The team consisting of Nancy Xu, Bibilani Liu, Valerie Wang, Jacqulline Sun, Alexis Opsasnick and Caitlin Crosby teamed up for a score of 423, 58-over-par, in a format where five of the six players scores are counted.
Leading the way for St. Francis were Xu and Wang, who each posted rounds of 6-over-par 79. Liu and Crosby came through next for their team, each posting scores of 14-over-par 87, while the fifth score to count came from Sun with an 18-over-par 91.
Taking second place and third place, each earning spots for state championships in a couple weeks were Palo Alto High School and Amador Valley High School. Palo Alto featuring Michelle Xie, Annie Chen, Emily Hwang, Audrey Horn, Elise Kiya and Celia Wilner fired a team score of 429, 64-over-par. Kimberly Liu, Emily Lin, Kayli Lujan, Yehna Kim, Joan Hong and Meghna Sinha of Amador Valley finished at 444, 79-over-par.
In the individual portion of the event Xie of Palo Alto earned medalist honors with an even-par 73. Monday will be a day she never forgets not only because of her low score recognition, but also due to a magical shot on the par-3 fifth, where the 15-year-old made a hole-in-one on the 144-yard hole. In addition to her ace, Xie made four birdies on the day, which were countered with six bogeys for her to finish at level par.
Finishing one shot out of medalist honors and leading the way for the nine individual competitors to qualify for state championships was Elizabeth Schultz of Acalanes High School. Finishing with a 1-over-par 74, the 17-year-old also had an eagle on the day, occurring on the par-5 first, to go along with two birdies and five bogeys.
Other competitors to qualify were Brooke Riley of East Union (76), Emilee Hoffman of Vista Del Lago (77), Aman Sangha of San Mateo (78), Kathleen Scavo of Justin-Siena (79), Sabby Virtusio of Carondelet (79), Jayshree Sarathy of Gunn (80), Chloe Corriveau of Santa Catalina (80) and Virgie Velasquez of Roseville (81). Velasquez needed a sudden-death playoff which went two holes to beat Christina Glebova of Valley Christian, who also finished at 8-over-par 81.
The three teams and nine top individuals not affiliated with a qualifying team will move on to the 2013 CIF Girls State Championships on November 20 at Quail Lodge GC in Carmel.