Gunn girls successfully defend their SCVAL golf title


With senior Anna Zhou leading the way once again, the Gunn girls successfully defended their Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Tournament title by defeating rival Palo Alto on Tuesday at Santa Teresa Golf Course in San Jose.

Zhou earned medalist honors by firing a 5-under 68 on the par-73 layout that included seven birdies and two bogeys. She had birdies on all five par-5s while helping the Titans shoot a 397 to defeat Palo Alto (401) for the second straight season.

"Anna has had a fabulous season, and her play has been so consistent," said Gunn coach Chris Redfield. "It takes a good team top-to-bottom to win the way we have been winning, but it sure is nice to have Anna at the top, consistently shooting par or better."

Gunn junior Tiffany Yang and senior Lianna McFarlane-Connelly each shot noteworthy 79s. McFarlane-Connelly overcame a triple-bogey 7 on the tough, downhill 12th hole that started when her tee shot sailed out of bounds. She finished with five pars and one bogey on her final six holes.

Yang recorded three birdies on the front nine on her way to a 1-under 35, before surviving an up-and-down back nine. Gunn freshman Lydia Tsai shot 81 and Margaret Redfield 90 to wrap up the scoring.

Palo Alto senior Michelle Xie was second overall with a 69 while Emily Hwang shot 78, freshman Stephanie Yu an 83, Elise Kiya an 85, and Celia Willner an 86.

Both Zhou and Xie have verbally committed to play golf at Harvard next school year.

Gunn already had clinched a team berth into the Central Coast Section Tournament next Tuesday at Rancho Canada (East) in Carmel Valley by winning the regular-season league title with a 14-0 mark. Palo Alto is all but assured of receiving an at-large berth into CCS. That will be determined Thursday.

Palo Alto is the defending CCS champion and finished second at NorCals last year, advancing to the state finals.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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