Palo Alto, Castilleja girls earn league golf victories


The Palo Alto girls golf team continues to display improved form on the course. A week after finishing third at the Helen Lengfeld tournament, the Vikings beat host Saratoga, 206-216, in a SCVAL match on Monday at Saratoga Country Club.

Palo Alto (2-1) won its second straight since the tournament as Stephanie Yu recorded a low round of 37. Priya Bakshi followed, sparked by a birdie on the fourth hole.

Divya Tadimeti. Photo by Donn Levine.
From about 125 yards out, Bakshi hit a shot that put the ball within eight feet of the hole and then made putt.

Katherine Sung (41), Emily Hwang (43), Elise Kiya (45) and Jasmine Choi (46) completed the scoring for the Vikings.

Janelle Jin shot a 39 for Saratoga's low score.

In the West Bay Athletic League, Divya Tadimeti shot a 1-under 33 to guide Castilleja past Sacred Heart Prep, 206-233, at Menlo Country Club.

Castilleja (4-0) also got top scores from Niav Layton (35) and Risa Yang (39).

Sacred Heart Prep was led by Lauren von Thaden (40) and Caroline Park (41).

The Menlo girls' golf team bettered its score by 17 strokes from two weeks ago on the Los Lagos GC, and it paid dividends. The Knights improved to 5-0 for the season after defeating Harker, 180-189, on a hot Monday.

With a team-best 30, Sophie Siminoff carded five birdies, and had just one bogey early in her round.

It was "another very solid round, tee to green, for our co-captain," Menlo coach Jim Miller said.

Freshmen standout Gianna Inguagiato shot a solid 36, which included a birdie on No.7. The team takes on Castilleja this Wednesday afternoon.

"She used her length off the tee several times to set up good scoring opportunities," Miller added.

Senior co-captain Lauren Yang shot a 37 while freshman Vikki Xu played a very steady game which included a birdie 3 on the par-4 fourth hole.

Freshmen Sulwen Ma shot a 40 that included a solid three pars in a row finish.

"Sulwen had more putts then normal but she continued to battle and she finished strong," said Miller, who added that he "had the pleasure of seeing Kendall (Weingart) hit some really nice drives today and also some nice iron shots on par 3's. She shot a 51 but she is really becoming a lot more well rounded."

Girls volleyball

Palo Alto High School's varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams, in conjunction with the Side-Out Foundation, is sponsoring the fifth annual “Dig Pink” match on Thursday, Oct. 13 in a SCVAL match at Los Altos.

The Side-Out Foundation was established in 2004 to raise money and awareness about cancer through volleyball.

Palo Alto joins thousands of schools in hosting “Pink” events during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The junior varsity take the court at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity at 6:45 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear pink.

Donations will be accepted at the game, or can be made through the website.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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