Saturday, September 30, 2023

Islander Girls Golf Match Recap: Week of September 26

This past week, the Islander Girls Golf Team continued their impressive winning streak and carded yet another two league wins for the record book to go 8-4 overall and 7-0 in the Western League. 

On Monday, the Islanders had a rematch against the Academy of Our Lady of Peace at their home course of Coronado. Stellar and consistent performances defined the play for the day. Junior Ines Izuzquiza was medalist of the day with a score of two-over par 38. Fellow junior Bella Villarin followed closely behind with a 39. Jasmine Lo was next with a 41, tying her second-lowest round of the season so far. Seniors Mariella and Natalia Avanni as well as freshman Elleaire Lyons all carded rounds of 44, equaling the Islanders second-lowest score of the season 206 to OLP’s 257. 

Senior Mariella Avanni pounds a ball down the par-four first hole of Coronado Golf Course.

The next day, the Islanders faced off against Point Loma at Balboa Park Golf Course, whose par-four fourth hole is notoriously one of the most difficult holes in all of San Diego. An extremely precise 150-170 yard tee shot is required to cut the corner of a hard dog-leg left. If players do decide to cut the corner, they must also have the height to clear the shrubs and trees on the left side of the hole that mark out of bounds. Another option is to play it safe and hit a 130-145 yard straight to the bottom of the steep incline that leads to the hole about 100 yards above ground. A second shot must also be precise to hit on the elevated green. Players must avoid going right at all costs because the green slopes off treacherously into a second fairway, and a shot from there is difficult to pull off for a green in regulation. 

The rest of the course is exceptionally hilly, though short. Greens were also punched a week or so before the match, so the girls had to contend with sandy and bumpy putting surfaces. 

Despite the arduous course conditions, the girls put up a fair fight. Villarin was medalist of the match as she gutted out a score of one-over par 37 after four bogeys and three birdies. Izuzquiza was next with a round of four-over par 40. Fellow juniors Lo and Emily Scheurer both carded solid rounds of 43. Natalia Avanni rounded out the Islanders with a score of 52. 

Junior Emily Scheurer tees off on the par-four first hole of Balboa Golf Course.

The Point Loma Pointers forfeited the match due to an absence of players, but the Islanders’ cumulative score of 217 was enough to maintain their position atop the Western League leaderboard. Coronado is also ranked seventh in San Diego County with a team differential of 25.43 just behind Canyon Crest Academy. 

Next week, the girls are looking forward to celebrating senior night at their last home match of the season against La Jolla on Monday, October 3. On Tuesday, October 4, the Islanders are traveling to Torrey Pines North Course to face off against Scripps Ranch. The end of the season is approaching rapidly with only three league matches remaining and the City Tournament just over two weeks away. 

Find Coronado team and individual results here

Find CIF San Diego County Girls Golf results here


Bella Villarin
Bella Villarin
Bella is a proud military brat who has been a resident of Coronado since 2015. She was born in Japan, and after a short stay in Virginia, traveled extensively throughout Asia while living in Singapore and picking up another language. A junior at Coronado High School, Bella can be found at the driving range or golf course when not in school, studying, writing, playing the guitar, or spending time with her family. Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: [email protected]