Gunn's Zhou, Paly's Xie qualify for CIF state golf finals


Gunn senior Anna Zhou and Palo Alto senior Michelle Xie are sharing a lot these days. The two talented golfers are both headed to Harvard next fall. Before that, the two will cap their prep careers by playing in the CIF State Championship.

Unfortunately for the two, they will not be joined by their respective teammates. That was determined Monday at the NCGA/CIF Girls Golf Championships at The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch in Salinas.

The Gunn girls finished fourth with a team scored of 420 while Palo Alto was sixth with 436. Only the top three teams advanced to the state finals next week at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga in Southern California.

Zhou qualified as an individual by finishing fifth with an even-par 72. She was only two shots away from tying for first place. Xie also was one of nine individuals advancing after firing a 6-over 78 while finishing in a tie for 10th overall. Two golfers on qualifying teams finished ahead of Xie, opening the door for the CCS individual champ to advance.

Gunn was only seven shots behind third-place Monte Vista (Danville), which grabbed the third and final team slot with a 423. St. Francis (Mountain View) was first with a 401 and Dougherty Valley took second with a 408.

Zhou kept the Titans' hopes alive along with freshman Lydia Tsai, who carded an 85. Lianna MacFarlane-Connelly shot 87 and Tiffany Yang an 89. Gunn's final scorer, however, checked in with a 97. Had that been an 89, Gunn would be going to the state finals.

Palo Alto was in a similar situation as Emily Hwang shot 83, freshman Stephanie Yu an 84. The next two scorers, however, came in with rounds of 94 and 97.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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