Menlo School closes in on WBAL girls' golf dual-match title


With three matches remaining, the Menlo School girls golf team has all but wrapped up the West Bay Athletic League dual-match title after beating visiting Notre Dame San Jose, 205-289, Monday at Menlo Country Club.

The Knights (9-0) hold a two-match over Castilleja (7-2) and Harker (6-2) heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.

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Menlo and Castilleja meet next Monday at Menlo CC. Castilleja meets Sacred Heart Prep on Wednesday at the Stanford Golf Course.

Sacred Heart Prep (4-4, 5-5) leveled Mercy Burlingame, 225-275, at Sharon Heights, led by Lauren von Thaden with a round of 41. Caroline Park, Danielle Sarkisian, Sinead Haley and Cami Steppe were within four strokes of each other between 44-48 to complete the scoring.

Mercy's Emma Curia came in with a 42.

Menlo played on the difficult, newly renovated and redesigned Menlo Country Club.

"It was nice to get a look at the challenging undulating greens," Menlo coach Jim Miller said. "Anytime you play a new golf course there is a big learning curve so I thought all of our players did a good job taking mental and physical notes. Despite an unusual lack of birdies we had some very good scores."

Junior Sophie Siminoff was the medalist with a very solid 37. Her round featured a good demonstration of her ball-striking abilities.

Freshmen Gianna Inguagiato and Sulwen Ma were next with a pair of 39's. Ma parred the final five holes after a difficult start.

"We know that Sulwen has the potential to really turn around a golf round and she never gives up," Miller said. "I was very pleased with Gianna's play she finished with two solid pars that very easily could have been birdies and her ballstriking and mental approach was very good."

Freshman Vikki Xu shot a 42 which included back to back pars on two difficult par threes. Lauren Yang was next with a 48. Kendall Weingart (52) made a nice par and hit some very good tee shots as well as pitches and chips.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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