Golf drives through their competition

The Diamond Bar girls golf team emerged victorious at the Sept. 23 Rainbow Sandal Tournament, winning for the fourth year in a row.

The team has a record of 3-2 in  non-league matches this season.

At the tournament hosted by San Clemente High School, multiple awards were given with senior Esther Lee receiving the Big Sandal award after shooting a low score of four under par 69 on the par 73 course.

Lee was in the playoffs after tying for first when she hit the ball from 160 yards away to within an inch of the hole, which helped her win the individual tournament. On her second hole, she drove to the fairway and then put the ball on the green, which gave her the winning shot.

“I felt very proud of myself for winning that Big Sandal because not only did I shoot my best score of my golf career, but it was also a memorable event in my last year of high school,” Lee said. “I played in this tournament for the third and last time, so it was a good way to end my last one, and it’s one of my favorite tournaments to play in.”

To practice for the Rainbow Sandal Tournament, the team played against Upland and Walnut, defeating both of them days before the tournament.

The match against Upland was a resounding victory for the girls and allowed the team to set  the school course record of 181, one over par.

“It will be hard to break the school record again, and the Upland match on Oct. 10 will be a good match,” head coach Tony McCabe said.

In their rivalry match against Walnut, which is one of the best teams in the state, the Lady Brahmas beat the Mustangs by just one stroke during a card off, which is when both teams are tied and the teams have to compare the player’s cards on both sides for the best five count.

The teams were tied 179-179 when the card off gave the Lady Brahmas a victory.

The Lady Brahmas earned another win at home, 185-216 to defeat Mira Costa on Sept. 25 and then out played Mira Costa on Sept. 26,  201-205.

 Irene Park shot a 34 against walnut 200 par that was her best score career wise by far.

The Ayala Tournament on Monday also helped the Lady Brahmas prepare for CIF because the Western Hills golf course will be the same course used in CIF from previous years.

 “Our leadership is great, and everybody is putting some of the best scores in their careers, and so we are right on track to win our 7th CIF title in the last 8 years,” McCabe said.

The girls golf team is preparing for another freelance tournament on Oct. 15 where they will match up against numerous teams from around the area.