Girls golf prepares for CIF tournament following successful league season


Following many delays, the official golf season began March 20 for the Lady Brahmas. 

According to retiring head coach Tony McCabe, golf is a year-round sport, so the team has been practicing individually throughout the pandemic.

The girls varsity team finished the season 12-2 overall and 8-2 in league. They finished second place in the Hacienda League and will play in the Division 1 CIF-SS playoffs on June 8.

Each athlete is independently preparing for CIF, but the team still holds weekly practices on the course to ensure that everyone is performing up to par. 

As golf prepares for playoffs, they focus on playing 18-hole matches, the format that’s used in CIF. Due to this, the ladies have been practicing longer than usual. Because of this, McCabe is confident that the team will succeed.

“We are one of the best teams in CIF this year,” McCabe said. “We hope to make it to CIF Finals.”

Some of the ladies that have made notable contributions to this season are junior captain Irene Park and senior captain Alicia Kuo, who have both led and mentored new players, and been integral to the team’s success as individual athletes. 

“Players that have improved are Bella Yang and Ella Chiu and they are the top players in the league,” McCabe said. “We have two freshmen who have really performed above and beyond in the toughest matches.”

Junior Ella Chiu said that this season helped her develop greatly as an athlete, and as a student as well. 

“During this season, I have learned responsibility and balance as I had to juggle golf, my academics, AP tests, and finals,” Chiu said. “However, I was able to learn time management by trying to utilize as much time as possible to focus on my studies as well as putting in efficient and quality golf practice.”

Looking forward, golf hopes to succeed in their upcoming CIF match, while facing the challenge of upholding the current seven-year victory streak.