Gunn girls grab control of the SCVAL golf race as Paly loses


The Gunn girls grabbed control of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League golf race on Tuesday with a victory over Saratoga, coupled with Palo Alto's loss at Los Gatos.

The Titans (6-0-1) took care of business with a 197-210 dual-match win over Saratoga at the par-34 Palo Alto Muni layout while Paly (4-2-1, 5-2-1) was losing to Los Gatos, 206-219, at La Rinconada Country Club.

Gunn and Palo Alto still have one dual match remaining against each other, but the Titans appear to be in good shape to grab the regular-season title.

The conditions were windy and tough at the shortened layout in the Palo Alto Baylands, with the first two holes facing directly into the wind. Several Gunn players had slow starts before turning their nine-hole rounds around.

Tiffany Yang started with a pair of double-bogeys on the par-5 and par-4 holes, then played the final seven at even par with a birdie on No. 8. She finished with a 4-over 38.

Margaret Redfield also started with a pair of double-bogeys before shooting 1-under for her final seven holes -- getting birdies on No. 5 and 9 -- while carding a solid 3-over 37. Lydia Tsai bogeyed the first two holes but played the final seven at even par, with a birdie at No. 7. She ended up with a 2-over 36.

"The key today was this great bounce back from a tough start," said Gunn coach Chris Redfield, "and some very good putting by the Gunn girls."

In Los Gatos, Paly coach Doyle Knight said his team "played poorly" while falling to the host Wildcats. Emily Hwang led the Vikings with a 39, despite a double-bogey on No. 6 and a bogey on No. 8. Stephanie Yu carded a 41 after starting 5-over on the first three holes. She birdied No. 4 and 9, missing an eagle putt on the final hole by inches.

In the West Bay Athletic League, Sacred Heart Prep fell off the pace set by Castilleja following a 201-212 dual-match loss to host Harker (2-1) at the par-34 Los Lagos GC in San Jose. Lauren von Thaden led the Gators (2-1, 2-2), who fell a match behind first-place Castilleja (3-0).

Isabelle Chun (41), Sinead Haley (41), Cami Steppe (45) and Maddy Ellison (46) rounded out the Gators' scoring.

Sacred Heart Prep and Castilleja meet on Wednesday at the Stanford Golf Course, with a victory by SHP creating a three-way tie for first place.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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