Menlo girls topple Harker to open WBAL golf season


The Menlo School girls opened their 2015 golf season Monday with a 214-217 West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) victory over Harker at Menlo Country Club's front nine par 35. The match was not decided until the last foursome posted its scores.

Menlo, which captured the WBAL Tournament last season, has the medalist as Sophie Siminoff was medalist by holding off Katherine Zhu, 36-37. These two were the top two scorers in the WBAL last year as freshmen and are off to a great start again this year.

Menlo's supporting scores were Jessie Rong (40), Nicole Henderson (42), Lauren Yang (48) and Erin Broderick (48). Harker's supporting scores were Daphne Liang (42), Ashley Zhong (44), Vanessa Tyagi (46) and Vienna Wang (48).

Menlo's next match is Thursday against Sacred Heart Prep at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club at 3 p.m.

SHP opened its WBAL season with a 241-269 triumph over Mercy-Burlingame on Monday, also at Menlo Country Club. Maddy Ellison led the Gators (1-0, 1-1) with a 45 for medalist honors with teammate Isabelle Chun carding a 47.

In the Peninsula Athletic League, Menlo-Atherton (2-1) easily downed Mills, 226-301, at the par-35 Poplar Creek front nine in San Mateo. Junior Naomi Lee led the Bears with a 1-over 36 and junior Abigail Pederson checked in with a 4-over 39.

The Gunn-Wilcox and Castilleja at Notre Dame-San Jose matches were not reported.

Girls tennis

Sacred Heart Prep swept the top three singles spots but still came up short in a 4-3 nonleague loss to host Mitty at Bay Club Santa Clara.

SHP sophomore Sara Choy won her No. 1 singles match when her opponent retired after Choy had grabbed a 3-0 lead. SHP's Melina Stavropoulos and Tara Ritchey followed with victories, Ritchey forced to three sets before winning, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (6).

In doubles, however, it was all Mitty as the Gators fell to 2-2 on the season.

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