Menlo's Siminoff earns a berth in NorCal golf tournament


It was a good day for the Menlo School girls golf team at the Central Coast Section Championships on Tuesday at Rancho Canada (East Course) in Carmel Valley. The Knights had their best team finish ever -- fourth -- while sophomore Sophie Siminoff earned a berth into next week's NorCal tournament.

For the remaining four local teams, it wasn't a good day at all as no teams or individuals advanced. Gunn finished sixth (425), Castilleja seventh (429), Palo Alto ninth (444) and Menlo-Atherton 13th (487).

All four squads had to be disappointed with their results as St. Francis successfully defended its title with a 377 total, Lynbrook grabbed second with a 395 and St. Ignatius finished third at 408 to also advance to NorCals.

The Knights shot 412, just four strokes out of a NorCal berth. Siminoff, meanwhile, carded a solid even-par 72 on the 6,125-yard East Course, wrapping things up with a birdie on her final hole to finish seventh overall. That proved to be the difference between moving on and having her season end.

Siminoff next will play in the NCGA/CIF High School Girls Championships on Monday at The Club at Crazy Horse in Salinas.

Siminoff actually had to leave the course with her teammates before play concluded as she teed off at 8:24 a.m., and the final threesome went off at 10 a.m. She didn't learn that she had qualified for NorCals until receiving a text on her way home.

Gunn's Lydia Tsai shot 74 and missed advancing to NorCals by two shots. Menlo-Atherton's Naomi Lee carded a 76 with Menlo senior Jessie Rong a stroke back at 77 and Castilleja's Alyssa Sales carding a 78.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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