Playoff run ends at SCGA

GIRLS GOLF The Lady Brahmas win their fourth straight league title.

Justin Prakaiphetkul, Asst. Sports Editor

Winning every league match for the past four years, the Diamond Bar High School girls golf team has won its fourth straight Palomares League title with a 13-0 record in league and the CIF Central Divisional Title, along with its thirteenth Freelance Championship. The Lady Brahmas fell short of advancing to the CIF State Finals, however, as they finished sixth in the SCGA Team Qualifier Tournament.

In the CIF-SS Individual Finals, which coincided with the SCGA Team Qualifier Tournament, senior Crystal Wang and freshman Emma Han advanced to the CIF State semi-finals as individuals.

The girls won the CIF Central Divisional Title by shooting 379. Wang led the team to the victory by shooting 2 under par. The Lady Brahmas have won five of the last six CIF titles in their division.

In the CIF Individuals Divisional, Wang placed second shooting 67, and junior Kailie Vongsaga tied with five golfers for 14th with a score of 74. Han was tied with nine other girls for 26th, shooting 77. The three girls qualified for CIF-SS Individual Finals.

“The team did awesome. I’m super proud of how they played,” Vongsaga said. “Crystal did awesome, so I’m very happy that she’s doing well and it’s her last year so I’m really going to miss her.”

Although sophomore Angelica Kuswono tied for 35th, she missed the cut line by one spot due to a sudden death match. Kuswono was named the first alternate.

“She went out there, she tried her best, and I’m just proud of her for doing that,” Vongsaga said. “She never gave up.”

In the League Prelims and Finals, Wang finished first, shooting 6 under par to win the league MVP trophy, Han placed second and two-time league MVP Vongsaga took fourth. Kuswono and freshman Michelle Chang both finished in the top nine, while sophomore Esther Lee made the second team Palomares All-League Honors. The top nine golfers with the lowest scores earn first team Palomares All-League honors and also qualify for CIF Individuals Divisional.

The Lady Brahmas defeated Claremont with a score of 191-218  in their final league match to win the Palomares League. This year’s title win marks the ninth time the team has won a league title.

“I’m genuinely proud and excited that this team is continuing to grow and continuing to play their very best,” Vongsaga said.

Vongsaga stated that she was impressed by the way freshmen Han, Chang and Alicia Kuo have carried themselves this year.

The team also finished first for the second year in a row in the Ayala Tournament with a score of 392. Lee, who won the tournament last year, was runner-up this year, losing by just one stroke.

“She stepped up and really did good, she had a great round,” head coach Tony McCabe said.

Although the team lost at the SCGA Team Qualifier Tournament, Wang and Han will continue to play at the CIF State individual semi-finals.