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Even a lost ball can't stop Siminoff, Menlo School

 

Menlo girls' golf opened its season with a 210-248 victory over Mercy-Burlingame in a West Bay Athletic League match Wednesday at Poplar Creek.

It was Jim Miller's first match as Menlo's coach, and the girls fought tough conditions throughout the match.

Sophie Siminoff shot a 40, which included what amounted to a two-stroke penalty when her golf ball was lost on the first hole.

She ripped a 265-drive down the left center of the fairway witnessed by both teams. When she got to where her ball should have been it appeared that another group from hole 9 might have picked it up.

She made par with her second drive which meant a 7 on the scorecard.

"Her score was very good under the circumstances," Miller said.

Freshman Sulwen Ma also shot a 40 to take medalist honors with Siminoff.

"Sulwen putted very well and she played very steadily, making five pars on nine holes," Miller added.

Freshmen Vikki Xu followed closely, shooting a 41, and Gianna Inguagiato shot 43.

Senior co-captain Lauren Yang carded a 46.

"She had some good shots," Miller said. "She is a very diligent golfer with a solid work ethic. She will be back next week in our two matches.

Menlo golf plays The King's Academy at Los Lagos on Tuesday and SHP Wednesday at Palo Alto Hills CC.

In another WBAL match, host Castilleja downed Notre Dame-Belmont, 228-276.

— Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics

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