Tee times set for CCS girls golf championships in Carmel


Menlo-Atherton's Naomi Lee will be one of the first to tee off and Gunn's Sabrina Chen one of the last Tuesday when the Central Coast Section girls golf tournament gets underway at Rancho Canada Golf Course in Carmel.

Lee joins Sacred Heart Prep's Caroline Park and Cami Steppe and Pinewood's Megan Chou among individuals who qualified through their respective league tournaments.

Chen will be joined by her Titans teammates, as both Palo Alto and Gunn earned at-large bids into the tournament. WBAL champion Menlo School was an automatic qualifier and is joined by Castilleja and Harker.

Lee was the PAL tournament medalist, while Park, Steppe and Chou were among the top 10 in the WBAL tournament.

Palo Alto finished second at the SCVAL tournament and Gunn placed fourth. Castilleja placed third to Menlo and Harker.

The top three teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the Northern California Regional.

Menlo's Sophie Siminoff, who finished seventh in last year's tournament and qualified for the NorCals, will play in a trio that also includes Palo Alto's Stephanie Yu and St. Francis' Maya Pugatch. The three schools are grouped together.

Menlo's Gianna Inguagiato, Sulwen Ma, Vikki Xu, Lauren Yang and Kendall Weingart are in the succeeding trios after Siminoff.

After Yu, Paly is represented by Katherine Sung, Priya Bakshi, Jasmine Choi, Elise Kiya and Emily Huang.

Harker, Aragon and Gunn are grouped together, with Titans' Lydia Tsai in a trio with Aragon's Tessa Ulrich and Harker's Katherine Zhu, who shot a 2-under 69 to win WBAL medalist honors.

Tsai is followed by Gunn teammates Lucy Lamb, Isabella Yu, Margaret Redfield, Isha Mohan and Chen.

Castilleja golfers will alternate with golfers from Lynbrook, Stevenson and Evergreen Valley and tee off from the 10th hole.

Niav Layton gets things started for the Gators in a threesome that includes Lynbrook's Jessica Luo and Evergreen Valley's Kaleiya Romero.

Following Layton, Castilleja is represented by Divya Tadimeti, Alyssa Sales, Risa Yang, Anika Tse and Sofia Khu.

Valley Christian's Quynn Duong returns to defend her individual title. Tsai placed 12th and Lee was 16th last year. Sales was Castilleja's top golfer last season, finishing 22nd.

St. Francis is the defending CCS team champion. Menlo placed fourth, Gunn was sixth, and Paly finished ninth

— Rick Eymer/Palo Alto Online Sports

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