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Off the tee: Menlo School, Menlo College on par for wins

 
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Gianna Inguagiato earns medalist honors after shooting a 36 at San Jose Muni. Photo by Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics.

The Menlo School girls golf team extended its win streak to nine with a 206-236 victory Monday over Notre Dame San Jose in a West Bay Athletic League match at San Jose Municipal Golf Course.

Menlo senior Gianna Inguagiato paced the Knights (9-0) with a 36. Sulwen Ma carded a 39 while fellow senior Vikki Xu and sophomore Taylor Baik each shot 40s.


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Junior Sarah Fujimori and senior Samantha Stevens finished with 51 and 59, respectively.

Menlo faces Harker (6-0) on Wednesday at Palo Alto Hills Country Club, with a tee time of 3:30 p.m.

College golf

Both Menlo College teams are in action and both have put themselves in great position to take home tournament wins.

Taking part in the Lake Tahoe Intercollegiate, the women have built up an impressive 33-stroke lead in the four-team field, while the men rest in third place, a stroke behind the co-leaders.

The Menlo women, playing in Incline Village, overcame a few obstacles on the course. The par-72 proved to be difficult for everybody as it is a very tight course and the greens were some of the fastest the Oaks have seen all season. That didn't stop Menlo from putting up great scores on the first day, with a team score of 325. Northwest Christian resides in second.

Menlo has four golfers among the top six. Catherine Batang is the leader with a score of 78. Julika Grosspietsch is a stroke behind. Franchesca Garcia is fourth with an 83 and Dasa Urbankova is tied for fifth with an 85.

"I had a solid round but struggled at two holes which messed up my score," Grosspietsch said. "I am looking forward to tomorrow's round to finish off strong."

"The beginning of my round was tough, but I was able to turn it around on the back nine and make a couple of birdies. I plan on continuing that in tomorrow's round." -- Batang

Things are much tighter atop the men's leader board at the Oregon Tech Fall Invite in Klamath Falls.

LaVerne University and Oregon Tech are tied at the top at 300, with Menlo College at 301. Multnomah University sits in fourth, three strokes behind the Oaks. Individually, the top seven golfers are separated by two strokes.

Three Oaks rank among the top 10. Jacob Flogstad and Christian Ingul are tied for third overall with a first round of 73, one stroke over par. Jayrick Joseph Cadelina-Canyete is in third after with a round of 74, within three strokes of first place.

"Good driving and great striking set me up for a good round today," Flogstad said. "I was precise off the tee where the course was tight and my misses were mostly on the right side of the hole so it made saving par a little easier."

Said Cadelina-Canyete: "My swing felt a little off in the beginning holes but I really focused on staying within my game. With that being said, I was able to get my short game going and rolled in a couple of nice 20-footers for par and birdie. Overall the course was in fantastic shape."

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