Gunn girls can't defend golf title, but M-A wins PAL crown


It was a good news, bad news kind of day for the Gunn girls at the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League golf tournament on Tuesday at the par-71 Santa Teresa Golf Course in San Jose.

Good news first. The Titans earned an automatic berth into the Central Coast Section Tournament by winning the regular season dual-match title. The bad news? Gunn failed to win a third straight tourney title on Tuesday.

That honor went to Lynbrook, which shot 395 and positioned itself for one of five at-large berths for CCS. Palo Alto, which finished fourth in the regular season, grabbed second with a 413 score and now has an outside shot of also advancing to the section finals on Nov. 3. Gunn, meanwhile, wound up third with a 417 score.

Lynbrook's Jessica Luo was the individual champion with a 2-over 73. Palo Alto's Stephanie Yu and Gunn's Lydia Tsai each shot 74 while tying for second with Lynbrook's Angela Liu.

Other Gunn scorers included Margaret Redfield, who tied for fifth with a 77 while Tiffany Yang shot 86), Isha Mohan an 86 and and Lucy Lamb carded a 94.

"We played the blue/white combo tees (5,700 yards), so the course setup was more difficult than past SCVAL tournaments," said Gunn coach Chris Redfield. "Par was 71 where in past years we have played to a par of 73. This year we played the 9th and 18th holes as par 4's."

Palo Alto also got a 78 from Emily Huang while Elise Kiya shot 85, Celia Wilner an 87 and Jasmine Choi an 89.

"My girls played well," said Paly coach Doyle Knight. "I was hoping for a score of about 410 or better, so we were close. A few mental mistakes cost us about 7-8 strokes, but the girls kept their heads into it and finished strong.

"Afterwards we talked about how they played and what they would do differently at CCS. They learned a lot from each other."

Knight believes the Vikings have a good shot at qualifying for the CCS Tournament, set for Nov. 3 at Rancho Canada East in Carmel Valley.

At the Peninsula Athletic League Championships at Poplar Creek in San Mateo, Menlo-Atherton won the team title and earned an automatic berth into the CCS Tournament.

The Bears, who shared the regular-season title with Aragon, carded a 441 to hold off the Dons (476).

Menlo-Atherton had three players among the top 10 -- Naomi Lee (72), Abigail Pederson (75) and Christiana Park. Lee finished second, Pederson third and Park seventh. Other M-A scorers included Margaret Sten (98) and Taylor Waddell (108).

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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