Gunn made some history by becoming the first team champion of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League girls' golf tournament with a two-stroke victory over rival Palo Alto on Tuesday at Santa Teresa Golf Course in San Jose.
The teams split their head-to-head showdowns during the season, setting up an expected battle in the league tournament. Gunn wound up with a 398 score to hold off the Vikings' 400.
Gunn earned an automatic berth into the Central Coast Section tournament next week while Palo Alto is expected to receive an at-large berth on Thursday night.
Gunn junior Anna Zhou paced the Titans with a 3-under 70. She had an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole in addition to carding four birdies -- two in the final two holes to help wrap up the title. Zhou also won the BVAL tournament last season and is the defending CCS individual champ.
Gunn senior Jayshree Sarathy shot a 3-over 76, Tiffany Yang carded an 80, Lianna McFarlane-Connelly came home with an 85 and Margaret Redfield shot 87 to round out the scoring. McFarlane-Connelly had an eagle 2 on the 312-yard par-4 eighth hole when she holed out a 7-iron from about 120 yards. Sandrea Herchen shot 95, which didn't factor into the scoring.
Palo Alto was led by junior Michelle Xie's 1-under 72. Annie Chen shot 78, Emily Hwang an 81, Audrey Horn 83 and Celia Wilner an 86 to round out the scoring. Elise Kiya shot a non-scoring 91.
"Tough match today, tough to lose," said Paly coach Doyle Knight. "My top three stayed with Gunn's top three, which I figured on. I was hoping for a few strokes less from 4,5, 6, (but) they all played great. Annie Chen got and eagle on hole 2, made a nice long putt.
"I'm hoping to make it to CCS, but would have rather made it as an automatic, rather than at-large."
The two lowest scores came from players competing as individuals. Kelsey Kawaguchi of Los Altos shot a 67 and Jessica Luo of Lynbrook shot 69.
"I marshalled the group with these two players and it was a barrage of birdies," said Gunn coach Chris Redfield. "Kelsey had six birdies and an eagle (on the par-5 second hole). Jessica, a freshman, had five or six birdies."
At the PAL Tournament at Poplar Creek in San Mateo, Menlo-Atherton had three of its six players earn all-league honors by finishing among the top 10.
Freshman Naomi Lee shot 83 for fifth overall, freshman Abigail Pederson finished eighth with an 87 and senior Ashley Utz carded a 90 for 10th place. Whether or not the Bears advance will depend on scores from other tournaments this week.
M-A also got a 96 from sophomore Margaret Sten, a 104 from freshman Angie Yang and a 107 from freshman Christina Park.
The day started sunny and warm but turned windy and cold by the end of the day.
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