November 18, 2014
Coming off a summer of domination on the Junior Tour of Northern California, San Jose resident Sabrina Iqbal moved on to the prep level.
Turns out, Iqbal is pretty good there too.
Iqbal, a freshman at Pioneer High, fired a 3-under 71 to win the Individual title at Tuesday’s California Interscholastic Federation Girls’ Golf State Championships held at par-74 Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga. Iqbal defeated Benicia resident Kathleen Scavo, who just recently signed with the University of Oregon, by a stroke.
“It was exciting,” Iqbal told the San Jose Mercury News.
Iqbal had a 36 on the front-nine and later carded a 35 after making the turn. During 2013-2104, she had the best season in the history of the JTNC, winning nine tournaments with three runner-up finishes. She’d go on to win Player of the Year honors by over 1,000 points.
In what was a Northern California sweep, Brooke Riley of East Union High finished tied for third with Diamond Bar’s Bethany Wu following matching scores of 73.
Other NorCal players competing as individuals included Samantha Gong of St. Ignatius (75), Anna Zhou of Gunn (75), Michelle Xie of Palo Alto (78), Lexi Perry of Oak Ridge (83), Sydney Babiak of Bentley Upper School (84) and Courtney Vogel of Woodland Christian (83).
Iqbal had finished tied for first at the CIF/NorCal Championships at the Club at Crazy Horse Ranch in Salinas after she and Yoonhee Kim of Dougherty Valley both came in with 2-under 70’s. Kim won the title on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.
In the team competition, Diamond Bar shot a score of 11-over 381 to win the championship by 20 strokes over runner-up Torrey Pines. Torrey Pines had won each of the last four championships (2010-2013) and holds the CIF record with five overall titles, having also won in 2004.
Third place went to Rancho Bernardo at 405. St. Francis of Mountain View, who became the first school to win back-to-back CIF/NorCal titles since St. Francis of Sacramento (2008-2009) and joined St. Francis of Sacramento and Monte Vista of Danville as the only schools with multiple CIF/NorCal titles, finished fourth at 412.
Leading St. Francis were Bibilani Liu and Maya Pugatch, who each shot 78. Fifth place went to Dougherty Valley (421) with Monte Vista placing sixth at 423. Dougherty Valley’s Yoonhee Kim also had a 78.
The 2015 CIF State Girls’ Golf Championships will be at Poppy Hills Golf Course.