Girls golf teams across the East Bay wrapped up their regular seasons yesterday, and while a few still have some makeup matches to play, it’s time to look ahead to the postseason, which begins Monday with the league tournaments.
As far as team titles go, at least three leagues are essentially two-horse races: the EBAL (Monte Vista and Amador Valley), the BVAL (Deer Valley and Carondelet) and the DFAL (Acalanes and Miramonte). There stands to be plenty of competition for the individual prizes as well. Here’s a league-by-league breakdown of Monday’s tournaments.
Location: Roddy Ranch GC, Antioch
Time: 10 a.m. (shotgun start)
Team to beat: Monte Vista
Top challenger: Amador Valley
Individual to beat: Joi Pentin (Amador Valley)
Challenger: Jane Lee (Monte Vista)
Dark horses: Kortnie Maxoutopoulis (Foothill), Camille Armas (Dougherty Valley), Emily Chiu (Amador Valley), Jordan Ontiveros (Monte Vista)
Skinny: The team title is Monte Vista’s to lose. Amador Valley can compete with the Mustangs, but they’re really a step below (and everyone else is at least two steps below). Pentin has the best scoring average this season, but Lee is not far behind. And in the EBAL, there are always plenty of golfers who could go low and surprise everyone.
Location: Tilden Park GC, Berkeley
Time: 10 a.m.
Team to beat: Deer Valley
Top challenger: Carondelet
Individual to beat: Ashley Edwards (Deer Valley)
Challenger: Ellese Dias (Carondelet)
Dark horses: Victora Leon (Deer Valley), Kellyann Masterson (Freedom), Lauren Conder (Heritage), Taylor Vigil (Carondelet)
Skinny: It appears this year will finally mark the end of Carondelet’s incredible run of dominance in the BVAL. The Wolverines, led by the senior Edwards, beat the Cougars twice in league play (snapping a string of seven straight unbeaten seasons for Carondelet) and finished the regular season undefeated. Edwards is the clear favorite to be the medalist at Monday’s tournament, but if she struggles at all she could be challenged by the sophomore Dias.
Location: Diablo Creek GC, Concord
Time: 8:30 a.m. (shotgun start)
Team to beat: Acalanes
Top challenger: Miramonte
Individual to beat: Melissa Woo (Las Lomas)
Challenger: Kristi Nacino (Dublin)
Dark horses: Jillian Lee (Northgate), Audra Kepler (College Park)
Skinny: This tournament features two strong teams and four strong inviduals. Oddly enough, none of the top individuals are members of the top two teams. Acalanes and Miramonte will battle it out for the team title, while Woo appears to be a step above the rest among the individuals. There’s not much separating the top four golfers, though.
Location: Blue Rock Springs GC, Vallejo
Time: noon (shotgun start)
Team to beat: Albany
Top challengers: St. Mary’s, Piedmont, Hercules
Individual to beat: Joy Kim (Albany)
Dark horses: Alex Killingsworth (St. Mary’s), Jennifer Yim (Hercules), Vivian Kwok (Piedmont), NaRa Pak (Albany)
Skinny: The team competition could be very close, as all four teams are capable of coming out on top. The individual competition should not be close. There’s Joy Kim, and then there’s everybody else. Kim likely won’t be challenged until the following Monday at the North Coast Section tournament, but keep an eye on the freshman Yim if you’re looking for a surprise challenger.
This would be a much more interesting tournament if Alameda was involved — correction, it would be a much more interesting individual competition, since the Hornets would have run away with the team title. But Grace Na, Emily Childs and company have already been invited to NCS, so they won’t compete in the BSAL tournament.
— James Leonard