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Castilleja is closing in on WBAL golf crown

 

The Castilleja golf team is halfway through its West Bay Athletic League schedule and is four victories away from wrapping up the regular-season championship.

The Gators are 5-0 after Monday's 221-266 victory over Menlo School and likely won't be tested again until facing second-place Sacred Heart Prep on Oct. 18. That showdown should decide the league crown.

Castilleja remained perfect behind the standout play of senior Brenna Nelsen, who shot a 1-under 36 at Palo Alto Municipal on Monday. Nelsen got an eagle 3 on the par-5 fourth hole (which plays normally as a par 4) and added two birdies while fashioning a 1-under round on the front nine. Castilleja got a 43 from Sarah Debs while Menlo (2-3) was led by Caroline Broderick's 46.

Sacred Heart Prep (4-1, 5-1) kept pace with Castilleja following a 240-261 triumph over Harker on Monday at the par-36 Menlo Country Club. Junior Rachael Henry led SHP with an even-par 36, her lowest score of the season. Kennedy Shields added a 44 for the Gators, who'll open the second half of league play on Wednesday against Notre Dame-San Jose at San Jose Muni.

In other prep action Monday:

Sacred Heart Prep (8-4) continued to test itself against some of the top teams in the Central Coast Section and dropped a 6-1 nonleague match at CCS contender Mitty. The Monarchs arguably are ranked with Saratoga and Monta Vista among the section's best. Ceci Marshall and Nicole Schulz provided the Gators' only win at No. 3 doubles, 2-6, 6-2, 10-4.

Sacred Heart Prep will test defending WBAL champion Menlo School on Thursday at the Knights' courts at 3:30 p.m.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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