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Menlo, Palo Alto golfers remain undefeated on the season

 
Sulwen Ma fired a 36 to lead Menlo's golf team past Sacred Heart. Photo by Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics.

Menlo School remained undefeated in the West Bay Athletic League girls golf race, beating Sacred Heart Prep, 212-322, Monday at Menlo Country Club.

Sulwen Ma sank four birdies in the nine-hole match to complete the round with a 36 to pace the Knights (4-0), who has a matches scheduled against Mercy-Burlingame for Tuesday at Palo Alto Hills G&CC.

​Ma ​drove the ball consistently to set up three birdies in the first four holes with short iron approaches. She added a ​four​th birdie on the difficult ​u​phill ​eigh​th hole.

​The continued steady play of senior Sophie Siminoff led to a 37. S​iminoff​ had back​-​to​-​back birdies on the par​-​5 five hole and the par​-​4 sixth hole. Her putt on 6 was a mere formality after ​she​ stuck her short ​-​iron approach to 2'.

​"​The Menlo CC layout is hilly and it was great practice for our team as we get ready to play home​-​and away​-​matches ​against Castilleja​ in October on the same layout​," Menlo coach Jim Miller said. "​Club selection is ​crucial​ since the greens have a lot of slope and undulation to them."

Menlo's young team was rounded out by ​sophomores ​Gianna ​Inguagiato ​(42) and Vikki​ Xu (44)​ and freshmen Marena Herr (53) and Vivian Herr (56).

​All nine Knights golfers ​played and were able to get some more valuable on​-​course experience.

​"​​We were really proud of how well the girls handled the tough breaks that can happen from time to time​," Miller said​. "We are looking forward to​ Tuesday's​ match at Palo Alto Hills CC which is one of our team​'​s favorite layouts.​"

Castilleja (4-1) suffered a 194-196 setback to Harker (4-1) on Monday at Los Lagos CC but still have two matches remaining with Menlo and a rematch with Harker.

In the PAL Bay Division, sophomore Joanne Yuh led a young Menlo-Atherton squad past Hillsdale, 269-279. with her round of 43 at Poplar Creek on Monday.

The Bears used a lineup of three freshmen, two sophomores and a senior in its match against the Knights.

Senior Taylor Yeh, sophomore Sofia Chu and freshman Sonia Goyle each carded a round of 56.

In the SCVAL, Palo Alto beat Saratoga, 201-229 and remain unbeaten in league play. The Vikings (5-0) are scheduled to meet Monta Vista next Monday.

Priya Bakshi led Paly with a 37. Jasmine Choi followed at 38. Stephanie Yu and Marina Mata each shot a 40.

Girls water polo

Georgia Lewis recorded 15 saves, Minhee Chung had five goals and Castilleja remained undefeated in PAL Bay Division play with a 14-5 victory over visiting Sequoia on Monday.

Madison Lewis and Claire Pisani each added three goals for the Gators (6-2, 3-0), who are one of just two teams, with Burlingame, undefeated in league action.

Castilleja, along with several local teams, are entered in the Amanda McDonald tournament to Menlo this weekend.

Molly Glickman also scored twice in the win over Sequoia.

The Palo Alto girls water polo went 3-0 to earn the title of the Aptos tournament on Saturday. The Vikings (6-8) topped host Aptos, 9-4, and Livermore, 7-2, along the way.

Palo Alto is scheduled to host Saratoga in a SCVAL clash on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m.

Girls tennis

Sacred Heart Prep topped Pinewood, 7-0, in a West Bay Athletic League opener on Monday.

Melina Stavropoulos led the way with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Pinewood's Julia Owens at the top of the singles ladder.

Isa Robinson and Katherine Salisbury also won in singles.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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