Golfer takes second at CIF State Championships

Sophia Kim, Asst. Sports Editor

Junior Crystal Wang made Diamond Bar High School’s sports history recently by taking second place in the girls golf division of CIF State Championships, the best finish by any DBHS girl golfer.

Wang advanced to the state tournament alone, as Diamond Bar High School’s girls golf team didn’t make the cut in the state semi-finals. Having shot four-under par at the semi-finals, Wang qualified to compete individually.

The State Championships were held on  Nov. 15 in Rancho Cucamonga at the Red Hills Country Club.

With a score of 71, Wang tied for second with Brianna Chacon from La Serna High School. She missed first place by just one stroke to Beth Lillie from Troy High School.

“I mostly hit straight and made all my birdy puts,” Wang said. “It was a pretty good day.”

Wang practices six hours daily on the weekend and three hours during a typical school day. However, she stated that she wasn’t able to practice as much due to the heavy load of school work she had the week before.

Wang beat the record of alumni Bethany Wu, who placed fourth in CIF State Championships two years ago. Previously, Wang also took sixth place in the state tournament her freshman year but was unable to participate her sophomore year.

“I was surprised I shot pretty well and that I might win,” she said. “I really wanted the team to be there.”