Coveted freshman class looks to lead to CIF title

Ingrid Chan, Asst. Photo Editor

With three straight Palomares League titles, domination in three tournaments and an entire lineup named all-league, Diamond Bar High School’s girls’ golf team will not be satisfied until they win the coveted CIF title yet again.

“We’ve won the Palomares League title every year since we’ve had girl’s golf. This year should be that way again, but we have to still be able to commit to it. You never know with all the other teams, and they’ve been getting better as well,” head coach Tony McCabe said.

Last year, the Lady Brahmas took both the league and CIF-SS titles.  They also dominated the San Clemente Tournament, Ayala Tournament, Rainbow Sandal Tournament and individual divisionals.  However, McCabe expects this season to be even better.

According to McCabe, this year’s freshman class is one of the best they’ve ever had. Their skills are on par with the upperclassmen, and all the players are ready to golf at the same level as the three seniors.

The team’s lineup will consist of senior Crystal Wang as the top player as well as seniors Jasmine Zhang and Susie Pan, sophomores Angelica Kusnowo and Esther Lee and freshmen Emma Han and Michelle Chang. Currently, the girls are both training and spending dozens of hours golfing each week. McCabe was especially pleased with the numbers the Lady Brahmas shot during practices, as the scores were almost as good as their match records.

“We play so many matches–one week we had five matches in a row–and golf is exhausting.  When you go out, you’re going to play three hours in the sun carrying a 100-pound backpack,” McCabe said.

The Lady Brahmas didn’t attend summer camp, unlike most other high school sports, but most of them practiced on their own and participated in the national individual junior championships.

They’re currently in dual matches and have two tournaments coming up, including the Bay Classic on Sept. 15. McCabe said he expects an exciting match since Troy, La Serna and Mira Costa will be there.

“We’re in good shape; I wouldn’t trade my team for anyone’s. We’re still a young team, and we’re losing Crystal Wang next year, but we’ll probably still keep getting better what with all the great underclassmen we’ve been getting,” McCabe said.